It has been almost 3 months since I retired my 7 year old Bike Blog, The Cycling Dude, to little notice, or fanfare...
But God, Fate, or something far more complex, had other ideas (That's why a version of this post also appears there.).
Earlier this week, on this blog, and Nikita's, I revealed to my small, but growing readerships, something that has been a part of my life since 2 weeks after I announced the closing of this blog:
This morning a comment was posted, to a 5 1/2 year old post on Cycling Dude, that brought tears of pride to my eyes, during this very trying time in my life.
This comment is the single greatest Honor that I have ever received for my efforts with this site...and makes all of it worth the effort.......
Nov. 12, 2010:
Thank you for honoring the shop I have grown up in and love. We are still an old time shop but are trying to keep up with the times with the Kopp's Cycle Website
Charles Kuhn - Owner
The Comment was left here: Kopp's Selling Bikes since 1891 - A story I posted in March 2005.
Thank you Mr. Kuhn...I am grateful, beyond mere words, for your kindness. ;-D
As a History Buff there is one aspect of the Kopp's site that makes it very special, and extremely important:
The History Page.
Mr. Kuhn has written an absolutely wonderful essay, and included a few amazing, and beautiful, old photos that will blow you away.
The most important of the photos is the one of the store (1901!), on the main page, that entices you to read his essay.
There are other photos of some of their vintage Items for sale and other things including a letter from the 1930's, that can be seen on a seperate Photos link.
I hope he plans to share more of the store history on his site in the future.
Such a past should be proudly shared for all History, and Cycling, Buffs to enjoy, and not hidden away. ;-D
One more thing... As long time readers, of Cycling Dude, know I made a special project of highlighting the oldest cycling shops still in business, and that had an online presense, and had a list in the sidebar (Now found in the sidebar of this blog), and wrote a series of blog posts about them, which you can explore at your leisure ( Meet The Elder Statesmen ( and Women! ) ), and it pleases me no end that, at long last, that list can finally, finally!, have a link to a website for the Kopp's Store. ;-D
Out of respect for Mr. Kuhn, and his comrades on my list, I plan to keep the series going on Musings.
***UPDATE - 11/13/10***
I wrote Thank You letter to Mr. Kuhn, and he very graciously replied.
As well as telling him about this post, I wrote:
Sincerely yours, Kiril Kundurazieff
Thanks for the reply.
I use google to alert me of new posts that mention Kopp's and your blog post got flagged so I checked it out as well as a little of the rest, I will have to check out the links you sent.
I ask anybody that stops in the shop to let me know of any older outfits and so far none have.
I can tell you love bikes, cats and life and wish you the best of luck.
You seem to be someone who experiences life while the rest of us just live.