You Can Call Me Joe -- A Joe V Blog
Joe V

Hi, I’m Joe V. The V is for Vadeboncoeur, but no one ever really calls me that (except my business card). That card also calls me the Global Director of Product Development, Marketing and Creative Design for Trek Bicycle. Yep, I am sometimes not really sure what all that means either. I do know that I dig bikes, oatmeal, motorcycles, burritos, the weird things I see along the way, my family and my job. I get to travel the world helping make great bikes, so it’s a pretty great gig.

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October 17, 2007



It's the garden of forking paths, man. You can't go down all paths simultaneously. When you make one choice (i.e., to get engaged; to buy your betrothed "Rent" tickets), you close off all others (i.e., to always do what you want to do; to go snowboarding). By reneging on your original "date," you are (it would seem unabashedly) telling your fiancee that you'd rather spend the time you had original committed to her with someone (or something) else. Not the best way to start a life together, if you ask me. But hey, do what you want. If it feels good (or in this case, better), do it. It's the American way. If she loves you, she'll get over it. And you get to shred some sweet powder. What's more important than that?


Honestly, why is this even a question. Any woman worth marrying would understand and even support going out to CO. If she wants you to pass up a vacation now, what would she want you to pass up in the future???

Meghan Azhar

Sometimes a girl needs a break from the significant other and would love to take her buddy to see RENT. I say go and play in Colorado BUT you might be looking at a few really expensive dinners before you go.


Hmmm! Speaking from 34 years married, I say, take her out! Sweet to the person you have stated a desire to spend your life with, sweet to you in return! After all, if she isn't also excited about the snow, then maybe also not excited about the rest of your "hobbies".


CO in early Dec. in a La Nina year could be sketchy for snow. Take her to the show, but plan to ski again later in the season -- she'll be more apt to let you go.

Hootie, Bike Lane Blogster

alsoengaged, you might be on to something there. a knowledge of women as well as weather patterns. that's quite a combo. i take my hat off to your quality advice, my man.


What fearless blend says about forks in the road is true.

I'd add a story about a happily married couple I know. He runs a small business that keeps a few people in town busy suppling other local businesses. His employees know how to run the place while he's away. His wife has raised their couple of kids, teaches and is very active helping other kids in town.

A several times a year, he disappears for a week or two. He skis the outer limits of our planet's offerings with a few friends. He sails competitively with another group.

His wife has a rich and full life of her own. While she misses him, she's fine when he's off on an adventure; she can get more done!

My hunch is that his living dangerously must keep her on edge a bit. The flip side is that he's not foolish, and always returned in good shape. So she has to be always a bit excited to see him return in one piece: tired sometimes, but usually invigorated. His trips may help keep their relationship fresh.

My point is I know a couple that did what it seems you'd like to do. It's possible.

My other point is that my friend's wife knows she is important all on her own, and doesn't need to limit her husband's adventures. I don't know enough about your fiance.

By the way, I was married for thirty years, mostly happily.

Gretchen Becker

Hi, Im Gretchen, the girl with the grenade launcher rifle on one of your great cruiser townbikes. I am the envy of all those without bikes here on post. Thank you for taking the time to identify us in Iraq.
I had the opportunity to serve two years in Afghanistan and do relief/rescue work in Pakistan during the earthquake. What I discovered was that bicycles are just as much a part of daily life there as they are for us bikers in the states. The cultural differences may still exist, but love of the bike remians steadfast. Those ingenius folks found new ways to flaunt a "pimped out ride!" Impressive to say the least! My friend Brian Reipe published a story I wrote about the experience in his magazine, the Colorado Flyer. Hopefully he will let me write another one for the time in Iraq, we certainly have plenty of material to work with here. Thank you again for your time and thoughfulness. Cheers, Gretchen

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