Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bike Barter

After a hearty breakfast, I did a proper tune-up on a NEXT.


Normally, I wouldn't spend any time on such a cheap bike, but, as part of my life mission to empower folks through the use of bicycles, I adjusted the brakes, sanded the pads, cleaned the rims, trued the rear wheel, adjusted both derailers, oiled the chain, and aired the tires on this Wal-Mart monstrosity.


The other day, just as I was leaving home for work, a knock came at the door. It was an immigrant with a heavy accent named Andre. He didn't have a job, and wanted very much to have his bike work better. He said he liked to do drawings. I didn't really want to, but I have this sign in my driveway that says we fix bikes, so I told him I would.

When I came home this evening, he had picked it up and, in exchange, he'd left this sweet tie-dye tee:


Thanks, Andre. I hope your NEXT treats you well and you find good work soon.


  1. SWEET! you never know what you're gonna get!

  2. A lot of jerks can give a bike a tune up, but it takes a real dude to know how to treat people right.