Neil’s Place

29 Jan

Every cyclist eventually thinks that it would be a good idea to learn a bit of “bike repair” or “maintenance”. For some this endeavor fails miserably. For others the pursuit of bicycle mechanics turns into something beautiful. The “Shop”, “Workshop”, “Garage”, etc. Called by many names, these places can become more than just a place that bicycles get repaired. Stories are exchanged, beers are drunk, and memories are made.

The home workshop can be a very different thing depending on the rider and the type of riding that they do. Highroller celebrates the home bicycle mechanic and will be posting a series of articles highlighting some of the more interesting home workshops that we know of.

We start the series with our good friend and customer Neil.

I headed out to Neil’s place one night after work to see what he had going on out there. He said that he would get some beers for us to drink as we looked over everything. I told him that I would pass since I had stopped drinking beer a few months ago. When I arrived I was greeted with a bottle of Blantons. We talked about the history of his family in the area and his own journey through cycling. From custom built BMX bikes to road bikes, to full suspension mtn bikes and steel singlespeeds this workshop houses a wide range of the cycling spectrum.

The goal of these posts is to let the pictures do the talking. Enjoy!

Very tasty

Very tasty

The trophies of beers vanquished line most of the open surfaces of the workshop

The trophies of beers vanquished line most of the open surfaces of the workshop

This pump dates back to the early part of the last century

This pump dates back to the early part of the last century

Perhaps the coolest  tricycle ever

Perhaps the coolest tricycle ever

Neil wants to build more of his own wheels

Neil wants to build more of his own wheels

Neil's first real road bike from Specialized

Neil’s first real road bike from Specialized

This frame was liberated from a farm somewhere in Kansas

This frame was liberated from a farm somewhere in Kansas

Watch your head

Watch your head

Neils place 008

Neils place 002

Every workshop needs a well seasoned bench

Every workshop needs a well seasoned bench

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