Show Your Pride–Ride with P2P!

Will you ride with P2P in the 2011 Pride Parade? Meet at 11:30 Saturday, June 11th on Wall Street between Spokane Falls Boulevard and Main for a rockin time. The theme this year is Accept All–No Exceptions!

Last year we were unable to show our support, but this year we hope to have a strong group of riders–show your pride; ride!

Missing you

Dear Cyclists,

Please wear helmets. Perhaps my humanism is incomplete, perhaps there are other things to say, but we have no way of knowing when a calamity will occur. Remember, the imposition of helmet use is inconsequential; conversely, the variety of circumstances and relations of physics that can produce a life threatening injury are numerous, exponentially numerous. So, care for your loved ones, make them look like space explorers, and, if you feel so inclined, please keep this  great gal in your thoughts as she fights for her life.

Wishing you well Bethany, live for the pit.

This is Wilson

and wilson is rad

Yesterday he drops into the shop, smile all a blaze, and tweaks the next seven hours undeniably for the better. He’s riding an old american made ross, chromed out like the moon, from Seattle to Kalispell and finishing off in White Fish on the western front of Glacier for seasonal trade. If I didn’t love blogging so much I’d leave with him.

wilson on the move

He took hwy 2 over the pass. When I asked him what Stevens is like at the moment all he mentioned was, “chilly, but I got to fish all the way down.” He’s been taking his time; he wants to roll into Glacier by the start of June, so it’s been four days to Wenatchee, three days to Spokane, however many he likes more. He pulled a tube with 12 patches on it; “goat heads brother, bike spent half the day in the W with its legs in the air.” Later on he’s rolling with some speed downhill, dodging some glass and he takes a pot-hole, the ping of a broken spoke is audible. The rim ends to fail.

turns out, dude can wrench

Well, Wilson needed a new wheel. He’s rolling an eight on the back that was pretty icky too so a cassette and some new pads were looking like a dry spot, just tent size.

first project, he patched about 40 tubes for us

Last April Wilson took a jaunt around the Olympic peninsula, ”Beautifully rainy, man! And then a car decided to merge into me.” He got 48 stitches in his forehead, four pins placed in this left foot, one in his big toe, three in his right hand, and his pinky doesn’t bend any more. “They told me to give up riding,” but ninety-two days later he took off again, and rode round our rain forset once more. “I used to make the loop every year. I grew up in the desert so Washington was like a fountain.”

bernard: "he got it!"

Wilson spent all day helping out. Assisting patrons with all sorts of repairs his friendly demeanor was positively  positive, and in accordance we had a great day in the shop. He told us stories of his hitching days; “My motto used to be: Daytona by christmas. Every year it’d be Sue Falls, Omaha, Chicago, Nashville, Memphis, Pensacola; that’s where you can get work.”

"a gallon of water every day, and a soda at night if i feel like i've done some good"

Adding a 1×4 to his rack, he’s got his tent rolled up in a tarp and a sleeping bag off to the left. In the backpack he has strapped on is a fleece blanket, four pairs of socks, two t-shirts (cotton suckas!), canvas jacket, tree saw, fishing gear, bike tools, and a single bowl. He rides in jeans and boots, “If I haven’t seen it in a day, I try to throw it away.”

after a full day yesterday, wilson showed up again today

What can I say, Wilson is the story of the self-reliant codependent individual. We were just here, happening at the same time. We had the program in place, work for trade, and he had the desire to do what was needed to get himself where he wanted. If I were a biologist, I’d call it mutualism. The fitness of pedals2people was increased, aka, he helped us to recreate what we do. We always need volunteers, and Wilson was certainly that. But maybe I needed Wilson’s  demeanor more than anything else. And, as I tend to get nostalgic about the good people I’ve bumped into, and I think I’ll have no trouble remembering the feeling in the shop that Saturday too, I’d like to hold that in mind for the next shop day, for every day. Try to find what else people are doing for people elsewhere, here, anywhere. How else can we help. Dozing off is great, but I like waking up too.

Thanks Wilson, safe travels...

BTW, it is b-t-w, next week.

Big week so far, being sunny and all. We’re having a sale too, 20% off all recycled goods, and that includes our bikes.

there were a lot more bikes on this wall before the picture was taken

All this is in preparation for bike to work week, Spokane bikes, which begins officially Monday morning with a pancake breakfast in river front park.

here's one happy young lady with her first commuter and beth's old brain bucket! land that council!

It has been very nice helping people out this week; so many bikes have found new riders. So, thanks to all the people who’ve decided to pass their old bikes on, you’ve made some children, big and small, pretty dang happy!

even a visit from a new friend

Call for Spoke Card Submissions!


Pedals2People is looking for submissions from local artists to adorn spoke cards for this year’s SpokeFest. SpokeFest debuted as Spokane’s own bike festival in 2008. Last year, over 2000 people registered. This September 11th, SpokeFest is anticipating many more participants, and they want to give all those who register a fun momento.

The spoke cards will include your work and your name. They will be distributed to several thousand enthusiastic cyclists, and your card might just become a highly sought-after trading card ; ) Here’s what we’re looking for in this year’s design:

1.Must have SpokeFest 2011 in the design
2.When sending a digital image, best if the quality is at least 300 dpi (dots per inch) and no smaller than 4 inches by 4 inches.
3.Original artwork can be scanned, but should be 8.5×11″ or smaller
4.Can be full-color or BW
5.Look at the SpokeFest and Pedals2People sites to get an idea about what your work is representing
6.Email your work or questions to
7.Must be submitted by July 31
More than one design may be chosen to represent SpokeFest, Pedals2People and bike merriment.


This Saturday, morrow to morrow, come by the shop at 4pm to help haul by bike some fresh saplings to the new public market on second. There will be a tree planting party and festivities to follow!