Today a woman walked into the shop and asked to talk with me about singlespeed gearing. "D" has cobbled together a singlespeed mountain bike and wants very much to race cyclocross on it this fall. We talked at length about gearing options, and she bought a new chain for her bike. Before she left, she told me she's never raced cross before but really wanted to give it a go. She watched some of the short-track racing this summer and, inspired, decided she really wanted to do it on a singlespeed bike.
Then came the punch line: this brand-new cyclocross racer told me she's 59 -- that's FIFTY-NINE years old -- and she wants to go out and kill it on a singlespeed.
It was my turn to be inspired.