I’ve been a shop rat most of my life in one way or another. It started out innocently enough, fixing a derailleur in my basement when I was a teenager and progressing to wheel truing, then onto more complex stuff…next thing ya know, I’m working on bikes for a living. It’s an alright life if you don’t mind shit pay (I did mind after a while, so I’m an alumnus of the wrenching trade).
The shops I worked in always became home to me. These places were my refuge, where I went to be who I was going to become. I drank beer there, I wrenched bikes, I bought way too many bikes, I went on rides and then partied in the shop afterward with the other employees and shop owners…on a few occasions, the work bench became my bed for the evening. Phil Wood grease has become a permanent part of my two hands.
I talk a lot about ROSE BIKE SHOP in Orono, Maine because that shop is the most special to me, and some day soon I intend to get back there to make a video about the place. In the mean time, by brother Chris at Filmosity Productions created this little video about another rad Maine shop: Bath Cycles. They’re the masterminds behind Bikeman and Carver Bikes, and they’re a bunch of rad guys you should get to know. They ride bikes. They drink beer. And they’re fans of DC.
Thanks to FILMOSITY PRODUCTIONS for making this awesome little video. Happy Monday.by