-- The day after I quit working in the bike industry, I rode over to
Velo Cult to talk turkey with Sky about scheduling a benefit show there.
He was all over it, no questions asked except: "can your people bring
in some chairs? All I've got are these long benches." I assured him it
was fine. The show was a success.
-- I began hanging out there
occasionally during the early fall. I was still sort of reeling from the
sudden career shift, and I guess i needed a place to hang out on my day
off that felt, well, familiar. Sky and his crew were friendly and
--Over time I began making a point of
spending at least a couple of hours a week there, usually a combination
of getting some lesson-planning done and enjoying the bikey vibe in what
had surely become the most welcoming bike shop in town. Sweetie told me
she was glad I'd found a bike shop to hang out at.
-- a few weeks ago the shop became a sponsor of my bicycling club. It was low-key, no-pressure and easy for all concerned.
--Today, my worlds merged perfectly. I sat at one of the long tables
and typed out the finishing touches on a drash -- a sort of sermon --
that I am scheduled to give on Friday night. When I was done, I had a
bottle of cider and talked bikes with a customer and then with one of
the crew. And then it was time to go home. Until the next time I hang
out at Velo Cult, now my favorite bike shop in Portland.
Sky and crew --
thanks for moving here. Have a lovely weekend, make sure you go riding
ta least a little bit, and I'll see you next week --B
Bikelovejones lives the bicycle life in Portland, Oregon: car-free since 1990, she gets around town by a combination of bicycle and transit, occasionally towing her guitar to gigs with an old kiddie trailer. After two decades in the bicycle industry as a shop owner, mechanic and purchaser, she retired to pursue other creative projects. She still keeps a hand in bikey things by taking in repairs and tune-ups by appointment at her own tiny workshop; and by occasionally volunteering her mechanical services at bicycle races and citizen events like Sunday Parkways. If you live in PDX and want some experienced, very affordable mechanical love thrown at your bike, drop a line here.