Many of you will know many of us from before. Some of us came together around Tall Tree Cycles. We grew our team, we forged a path. Then we decided to create something altogether new and see where it took us. It is now, we are here, Tekné Cycle Club. We ride on.
Sometimes it takes a lot of work to figure out the simplest things. When trying to reduce all that we are, as a collective of personalities, the resounding question was basic: why do we ride?
Those who have followed my ramblings over the years will know that I like to think and perhaps over-think all the aspects of cycling that make up my world. To this topic I bring a particular lens – philosophy – that colours everything I see and do. We all see in our own way. But more than seeing, I look for certain attributes in others, both qualities I manifest, and those I wish to manifest.
Over the years, my path has taken me in directions I never imagined. Old friends fell away, and new friends came into my life. As the years progressed, the uniting, or organizing principle drawing me to others, and vice versa, was passion. It always was. From when I spent all my time on mountain bikes with fantastic people through today, passion was the common denominator.
In a milieu that is profoundly competitive, and often inaccessible to the uninitiated, my path, shared by a number of our members, was circuitous. Adventure by bike became our focus, and as we pushed forward, and further out, we met others who shared our perspective, our passion, our way. It was simple: we loved riding. We loved riding together. We didn’t ride because we wanted to win something, somehow, but because we loved the challenges riding offered us.
In time some of that desire to be challenged morphed into racing, for some, a return to racing. But the drive didn’t change. It was the same. The drive was for growth, learning, improvement, experience, making memories, and sharing the joy of it all. That’s how I see the trajectory that has taken us here, to this point. Tekné Cycling and Tekné Cycle Club are the next phase.
Tekné Cycling is broader than the Cycle Club. It is a site about cycling foremost, and home to the club secondarily. It is where contributors and I share our passion for cycling in a myriad of ways, and provide resources to help others enrich their lives, both on and off the bike.
Our membership is composed of people that want to spend time together, to share the experience of cycling. It is constituted by people who love the process of learning, improving, and honing the craft of cycling, in whatever form: riding with friends, touring solo, commuting year-round, ‘racing for fun,’ ‘racing to win,’ riding into the unknown. Whatever the form, our focus is on the how, the means, the craft of cycling. If we race, winning isn’t the objective. Being our best is, and when that means we win, great.
We race to race.
What is Tekné?
Tekné is an ancient concept that is difficult to grasp or articulate. Like all residues form ancient civilizations, understanding teknē is a matter of interpretation and extrapolation. When I encountered the word years ago in Aristotle’s writing I immediately latched onto it, because it spoke to how I understood cycling as a practice. Tekné is the craft of embodied practice in harmony with technology. Our technology is the bicycle, and all the things we use to ride it. Teknē is how and the why.
We ride because it feels good, and it is deeply satisfying. Doing cycling well is a process. It takes time, patience, discipline, effort, sacrifice, motivation, resilience, and luck. But most of all, the teknē approach is about recognizing the role of others in the process, and appreciating what they contribute.