Thanks for some fascinating questions, really. I am 57 but retirement is not in the cards for some time for me. There are two main reasons; 1) I love most of the work I do here and the parts I don't like, I have to do in order to keep doing the stuff I love. 2) Doing things and making things that make others happy is the core of my motivation. Very few folks make more than a decent living as a frame builders, so we need something else to prevent us from making the big bucks on Wall Street. For some, it boils down to the pride they feel in doing things the best way they can. For others, pride in seeing their bikes ridden well. For me, the biggest thing is customers who live better and with more enjoyment because of the work we do. Sounds corny, but I have always been motivated by what others get out of me.
So far, the age thing has all been a plus except for one thing. My bifocals need ot get upgraded every few years. Very close and detailed work is more difficult now. I need to use those big magnifiers with built in lights for some of the finishing work I do. Thats about it so far.
When I hang it up? I suspect that I will always do some bicycle work, but at a slower and slower pace and once I am done, Spectrum simply goes away. I can't sell the business because without me and Jeff, it does not exist. Simple and depressing, but true. Thanks for asking.