Back at the Spoke NEst

Phew! Those were some good days that just went by! Hi-Five to nature for not making our September as cold as last year! YEAH! Yesterday, despite my tiredness, Corey and I had a killer day at the shop, and today, our first appearance wrenching in the spokefest hotness (legitimacy achieved!), followed by another set of wonderful hours wasted away back here on Sprague: greased back palms like it were the 30’s (what do I know? Grease-a-pedia), GU/CT bridge jumping, LT Bernard and the basketeer, oranges for miles, the birth of the Pacific Treader, and the campy crash!

Now let us turn it over to 32 baby frogs from that DAMMED lake Roosevelt for the play by play!

hair flowing, eric is still growing, pump plate percariously perched preceeding pointed projectile puncture

What a great location! We had a great view at the top of doomsday, which also allowed us to chit-chat with the multitudes, and that they were.

This is my nurse, Carol Anne. To have her as a companion at our stop's aid station was a great surprise. TERERE!

canopy bolt

lumpy tire

I forgot the banner at the shop, but I believe Eric's work spoke (ha!) for us plenty well.

This frame has been in the shop for a really long time. I am so glad this gentlemen is going to restore it well. But he didn't buy the starfish!


FREE TUNE-UP DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!






(If you are interested in helping me pull off this wonderful community event I still have plenty of needs! Please do contact me directly:

Volunteer Spotlight: Eric Solberg

there is a new book in the twilight series

height: 6’6″

favorite mythical creature: unicorn

favorite color: purple

silly thing about seattle: amphibious duck boat tour driver offended him with his hands

silly thing about bellingham: all of it

born: boulder colorado

hospital: ?

parental occupations: nursing

uphill or downhill: up

favorite song: the big ship, by brian eno

Eric has been a huge help these last few days, and if it is not well known already, p2p NEEDS volunteers! As a community resource we seek to engage with the community, and as we develop and try to help in a wider variety of ways, we are in continual need of all sorts of aid. Everything from mechanics to photographers, volunteer coordinators to chefs, all are welcome. So if you are interested please do drop in or explore the rest of our web page. We’re all about making friends and having a good time in the friendliest space we can provide.  Thanks, and take care. Ride safe and use helmets.

hand gesture (live long and prosper)

shane carlson from mpls

Today is day one hundred and four. He began in mpls and spent his first night sleeping under the bridge which demarcates Wisconsin from Minnesota.

Not much time in the shop, he adjusted his index and then helped his warmshowerhost get a new shift cable.

Corey and I ran into him last evening on our ride home, I think he said he was heading over to pigout. Anyway, we invited him to the shop for some stand time, and I’m glad he stopped in. As I prepare for my own tour it’s nice to talk to others about their journeys.

He went east from mpls, bobbed up into Canada, stopping in Toronto and Montreal, dropped into Vermont, and then rolled down the whole coast to Georgia. He skipped riding, somehow, and made it to Denver, then it was on to Yellowstone and Glacier, and on over to our little love shack. Next up is Seattle and the rest of the west. He’s thinking of just staying the winter in Mexico.

A loose kickstand chipped a hole in his long haul's chain stay, so he filled it in with glue and wrapped it in thin aluminum. That was 2000 miles ago.

Well Shane Carlson from mpls, have a good time! See you later, hasta luego! (he has a blog:

five patch ride

Three things before I embark on some picture uploading:

  • P2P will be closed Saturday 9-3 & Sunday 9-4 for the labor day weekend.
  • Sunday 9-11 is the 4th annual Spokefest. There are lots of routes so come take a ride.
  • Sunday 9-18 is our last open Sunday of the year! It’s also… our last FREE TUNE-UP DAY!!!! Noon – Four, Kids First, All are Welcome, vegan food.

most expensive part in the shop

Are you tired of derailleurs that don’t hold your chain taut? Well have we got the springs to save you!

those swirly things hold your hanger back, extra hard.

Not the worst idea, but the price it came marked with just seems silly. See you in September!


What a beautiful morning! Breakfast was delish, the sun is warm, I’m on my way to work early, I can get some emails out, I can  finish the cadenza. Crap! Ok Ok, I’ve forgotten some stuff at home, I need to turn around. No worries you can still make it back in time. Toodle-doo Toodle-dee! Oh wow! I’m already back on Sprague, this is great. La la, lo lo, only four blocks left, la la, car noise from the rear right, lo lo, AHHHH!!!!

Expect Something

calm young trike wheel!

new spokes and you'll heel.

sheldon said we should never ride this fork, but he did! so what? is he hogging all the radness of this fork? are there thousands of them in his bombbouncingbikebunker? nope, tomorrow i'm going to smash it with a hammer. or if you want, you can.

Frame Description: Pre-War

which one

Cool project (hack job). It had solid rings (made of sunshine) for its previous bearings, so mid-war (today), we got to do some headset fondling, some skipping of teeth, and a lot of bendex-bending (a possibly pre-war-index/friction-sis.compatible-tank armored-hub-overhaul method that anthropologists have yet to carbonforkdate). Opps, well… two people steer-tubed me (bovine redbox business proposal) into writing this one!