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Here are some highlights from the first few days in August.  Below is a tank of a single speed. The project was for an amazing guy, Rusty Hand, who needed a real simple ride.

this bike gets a nice-n-slow-with-a-big-smile on the spokane toodle index

Part of this gig was to make the bike free. So I took this as a signal to go ahead and hack and burn, or rather, to hack and grind. Chain Line was an early obstacle. So after dishing and BB swapping, and since we don’t have any dedicated single-speed crank arms, or ring bolts, or enough of the spacers I wanted, I was delighted to create some helpful objects.

in the middle

is there an easier way? yes. but what is ease? hot pockets!

It was great to work with Rusty, and we wish him well on his big journey with L’arche Spokane. If you would like to learn more about ‘the ark’ you can visit their webpage:, where you can also learn more about Jim Olson’s Bike-a-Thon to benefit their work.

back from the first ride

Early on this week Corey and I began our newest duty, that of maintaining a small count of bikes for the use of City of  Spokane employees. We nabbed some tools and went to their kick butt warehouse where we rolled around on these lovely sheets.

stable in the stables

But, by far the cutest thing in the shop is our newest volunteer. She can fix reflectors like a pro.

heart melting in progress

then she went to check tire pressure. instant heart soup, on the floor

On the silly side, I spent an hour today trying to figure out how to route an internal cable. Yeah, that could have taken two seconds if I’d flipped the thing, oh well. Also, I got stung by a hornet, on my hand.

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