Speaking out

Speaking out

Unlike a lot of "pass through" corporations, November is one to every letter, spirit, and nuance of the term. We are it, it is us. We're fortunate enough to have built a community of people who share part of a value set that we hold dear and hopefully embody, and in that sense you are all November and November is all of you, but functionally, it's just the two of us. 
November itself began as a form of protest, though it was against a system much less harmful than what we see now. Today, protests and events of dire consequence envelop our world. The systemic repression of people of color, gay, trans, immigrants, and others is real, and it has to end. No one can revert to "normal life" until "normal life" means the same thing to all of us, not privilege to some and oppression to others. 
We (Mike and Dave) have the "luxury" of being straight white males. Though we've heard the "get off the road, faggot" slur like probably every lycra-wearing roadie reading this also has, to us directly it's a fleeting offense and not an existential threat. Too many others know the core rattling dread that this must cause, the lifetime of fear and pain these churn at every instance. 
Neither of us has ever gone for a bike ride on new bike day, new wheel day, or any other day, and had people question whether we stole the bike, or what we're doing on it, or if we're running from something. We've slow rolled though plenty of stop signs, never really questioning if we'd wind up with a busted up face and a rap sheet for simply doing what cyclists do. 
We support every person's right to protest against oppression, and to rise up when that becomes the only available remedy. We also support the law enforcement personnel who faithfully uphold and execute their duty to protect and serve. We yearn for a world where everyone can live with the freedom that we've taken for granted. 
We have only the voice that we have. Grand but empty gestures are neither possible nor purposeful. As people, we've supported our beliefs with action and will continue to do so. As a company, our statement is our action. More than any other product or business decision we've made or will make, speaking up is a risk. Not speaking, however, is failure. "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, but lose his soul?" If revealing our soul costs us our world, it was never ours in the first place. 
Back to blog


Respect. While some people in power don’t get it, words do have meaning and do have consequences. You’ve been on my short-list for wheels, whenever I can afford to get new wheels, but you now are the list.


I haven’t heard it said better than that. “speaking up is a risk. Not speaking, however, is failure”


Goods people in the bike industry. Love it.


Thanks guys, this message is important. As far as I can tell, you two run a really kind, honest company.

You two work in the industry and understand it far better than I do, so I’m hoping you may be able to help me out. Our sport and the industry has a race (and gender) problem – it seems like it’s almost all white (dudes) out there riding bikes. We are doing better than ever addressing the gender gap and while there’s still a long long way to go, the progress is undeniable and I don’t see it going backwards any time soon. But on race, as far as I can tell, nothing has improved since I got into the sport 10ish years ago and as bikes get more complicated, races get more expensive and tech advances, barriers seem to be getting higher and higher. How can we do better? How can cyclists/consumers like me put pressure on the industry and sport to do better? Thanks


Very well stated, Gents!


Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.