See you on the Trail Luke
To say the 2016 year has been a big one for Progression Cycle would be an understatement. The energy it took to get the Progression Cycle Klahanie store off the ground was anything but easy. With blood, sweat,
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Sadly we have to say Aloha to Luke today, from the Klahanie store, but by no means his family. Luke will be taking on the role of Progression Cycle's first "Trail Ambassador", spreading the stoke of Progression Cycle in the community and leaving no trail unridden. We could have said a lot more about Luke, but decided to let him say Aloha in his own way below. We look forward to seeing Luke from the other side of the counter and wish him all the best.
This year has been full of change, in fact the last 2 years have been full of huge change, as my wife and I were given a beautiful and lovely addition to our Ohana, our daughter Rumi. Never would I have guessed that a little life would have such an impact on me.
I have spent the better part of 20+ years working next to a bicycle work stand, thanks in part to my love of bicycles. Being at the frontline of the bicycle industry is definitely a double-edged sword. On one hand, you meet great people who share a love of the bicycle as you do, but it definitely is not a lucrative job and the long hours of a retail business keep you from your loved ones more than most jobs. Most would tell you to steer clear of the industry as the numbers are definitely against you, but we persist as the gears and spokes call to us.
I moved to the PNW and Washington, one - because it is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been on earth and two - to help my friends the Moravecs open Progression Cycle Klahanie. However, as you all know, life throws you curveballs, for me this curveball was as simple as LOVE. My love of bicycles and working the counter of the bicycle industry had shifted to the love for a daughter. Over the past year and some of Rumi's life, I have been her primary caregiver as my wife holds down bringing home the real bacon in our family, which I am very proud of her for.
As I began down the road of building Progression Cycle Klahanie, I found myself being pulled farther and farther from my daughter, late nights and long days found me coming home well after she had fallen asleep. Somewhere in there it became more important to me to have her back in my arms than to see one of my dreams through. So, I reluctantly say A Hui Hou to Progression Cycle! I'll miss the day-to-day grind to an extent and talking with all of you about fancy bike parts, but I won't look back as I have Rumi's growth to look forward to.
I am also looking forward to finally having some time to ride my bicycles, as well as represent Progression Cycle on the mountain as a Trail Ambassador; if any one wants to shred just give me a shout. Mahalos to Matt and Liz for the opportunity, I wish them all the best in this endeavor and can't wait to see you all on the trail, BRAAAP!
Aloha & Mahalo Nui Loa