Lots of volunteers in the shop today helping get kids bikes ready for the Kids Bike Swap next Sunday, June 10. Feel free to stop by the shop during open hours this week to get greasy for an hour or two.
Kids bikes can be really easy – or really hard, since manufacturers do not generally build them for the long-term. Either way, getting a bike ready to continue its life with a new kid who wants it is very gratifying.
You also get to use tools you don’t usually pickup in a bike shop – this Huffy had a hammer taken to the wheel, along with vice grips. And some hairspray for the new grips.
There’s something for all skill levels to do, from pumping tires to adjusting a loose hub. You learn a lot working on kids bikes, including how heavy they are!
When you come to the shop, don’t be surprised to be greeted by the cutest little critter this side of canine.
Even if you don’t like dogs, we promise he won’t intimidate you or bother you – just tell him “no.”
But, if you tell him to “dance,” he just might do that. He’d also be happy to chase a ball or eat some grease off the floor.
That’s Tango, the shop dog.
Some days, he arrives by bike. He rides, but he doesn’t pedal. If his mom is riding up a hill, she might kick him off the bike and make him run alongside. That makes Tango happy.
So does hanging out with Sharing Wheels volunteers.
P.S. – If you ask Kristi, “What kind of dog is Tango?” she will tell you he’s a “golden wow-wow.” That means a mix of golden retriever and chihuahua. Or is he a daschund-chihuahua, also known as a “chi-weinie.” Ah heck – he’s a mutt!