Blog-Shay-InternDoesntRide-MainMomentum intern Shay Sinclair says goodbye and hits the road.
By Shay Sinclair
Five weeks ago I turned up for my first day as a Momentum intern, and the days have flown by since then. They've kept me busy with everything from the peaceful zen of archiving old stories to the excitement of seeing magazine production in action, but what I've really measured my time here by is my steadily increasing knowledge of both biking and, more importantly, the bike culture that Momentum is helping to create.
When I was a teenager – lo, those six years ago – I went everywhere on two wheels or my own two feet. Living next to North Delta's watershed park meant that many sunny weekends were spent out on the trails, and I raced my car-driving friends to see who could make it home from school in record time. In the springtime, I would aim my bike through the drifts of fallen, sweet-smelling cherry blossoms so that they would swirl up around my feet.
But I totaled my trusty bike at seventeen, and despite swearing that I would buy a new one, and despite never learning how to drive, I've been tragically bike-less ever since. Interning with Momentum not only brought me back to those days, but reminded me of my promise to myself. My time here also introduced me to a world beyond the simple hand-me-down mountain bike I loved so much, and now I'm counting my pennies and making doe eyes at bikes on the road. (It's like one of those spot-the-15-hidden-wolves paintings; once you open your eyes, they're everywhere.)
Re-igniting my love for bikes at Momentum has been both a blessing and a curse. Where else will I work where cycling is the default, a wonderful but simple part of everyone's lives? With any luck, in a few years the answer to that will be "pretty much anywhere." If my experience has been any indication, it turns out that dedicated, excited people really can inspire anyone to get back on a bike.
I've learned about bikes and magazines, and I've had the good luck of working with some amazing women. Five weeks doesn't seem like a long time, and it doesn't feel like I've been here for very long at all, but it's going to be strange to wake up on Monday and not head into the office. I'm going to miss the piles of helmets sitting around to be reviewed and the endless articles I read while transferring them over to Momentum's new website.
On the other hand, I'm going to be leaving with a lot more than I started out with. I still haven't lived up to the promise I made myself, but now I have a new promise: the next time I drop by the office to say hello, I'm going to get here on my own two wheels.