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I came into bikes as an adult kind of accidentally, meaning I accidentally blew up the engine in my pick up truck and found myself a non-driver. A friend took me to a now defunct place here in Seattle’s U-District called The Bike Shack where we proceeded to assemble a bare old orange frame into a working bicycle. Watching it all come together over a matter of just a few hours was amazing to me, and I was hooked as soon as I rode it home. After riding that summer I went down to Ashland Oregon to attend The United Bicycle Institute learning wheel building , bike mechanics and frame building. I came back and lucked into a job, well really more like a 6 year apprenticeship at Wright Brothers Cycle Works in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood.

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It was an amazing place to learn. Owned for 40 years by master mechanic Charles Smithand still kicking it also functions as a Co-Op with thousands of members allowing me to see and learn about a dizzying array of bikes from every era. I may not be able to solve every problem but I’m more than willing to give it a go. I love bikes, I thoroughly enjoy bringing neglected old bikes back onto the road or making a brand new machine hum. Sometimes I wonder which I like better, spinning the pedals or spinning the wrenches.