Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Fritz Miericke of Champaign Cycle and all kinds of mountain biking and cycling support for many moons has passed away, unexpectedly. He was the man who would invite you in for hot chocolate ... who hooked me up with my Gazelle last November... who *listened* to people (even if he did say "at our age we're not trying to get faster" to someone that wasn't true for) and helped them find the bike that was right for them... who told me I should **go** 18 mph on the RAIN ride because after riding my clunkers, yes, I could so, when everybody else was saying 'be careful, take it slow!" (and he was right ;))
Acutely missed already.
Fritz was a fine man who helped me many times. I first knew him at his shop in Urbana and enjoyed working with him each time I came into his shop. The time he helped the most, and worked the hardest to help me ride despite an injury, he refused to take payment.
I'm glad to have known him and sad to hear that he is gone.