Who is this “BikeTinker?”

Hi, my name is Philip, and I’m a bike tinker.

I prefer to ride my bike than drive my car – it’s more fun, I don’t have to find parking, and in many towns it’s actually faster. I like to be able to carry groceries home, or half-racks of beer, or take my lunch and kung fu outfit to work. I like baskets, bags, racks and fenders. I never could get a messenger bag to work for me.

I like to fool with my bike setup, at least until I have it dialed. I pretty much can’t leave well enough alone, and sometimes I try something for a few months only to find I liked it better the first way. I’ve broken parts, put parts on backwards, and used the wrong cables. I’ve forgotten there are (more than) three sizes of three-speed wheels, and spent half an hour trying to mount a 26 x 1 3/8″ (590mm EA3) tire to a Schwinn 26 x 1 3/8″ (597mm S6) rim. All the soapy water in the world won’t make that work.

I’ve wasted (I mean spent) so much time running gear-inch calculations on fixed gear drivetrains, double-fixed and internal gear hubs that I should have Sheldon’s gear calculator as my Firefox Home page.

I’ve invented weird things that make my bike-riding life a little better, and set up my bikes to look their best (to me), and work their best (for me).

My workshop is a disaster area. I take pictures of bicycles, and my dog, and put them on flickr. In my job and life, I’m an artist.

This site is dedicated to Sheldon Brown. What a cool guy he was!

4 thoughts on “Who is this “BikeTinker?””

  1. Hi, Philip,
    You (along some other select bike-loving bloggers) are certainly one of the few people out there who can truly appreciate this.

    One of our employees designs wicked-cool custom bikes.
    We’re proud to showcase him our blog. (Sample attached. More images in blog post.)


    We hope you’ll share his work, as well.

    Please e-mail me if you have any questions.


    1. Hey Jeff, those are cool bikes! I like his word-building, too.
      Custom Ink, huh? I was a screenprinter for years. I will check out your offerings, too, since I have more ideas than time. Or equipment, now.

  2. Thanks, Philip. Much appreciated.
    Any chance his bikes get featured in a blog post?

    Either way, be sure to shoot me an e-mail if you ever decide to order from us. We’ll take great care of you.

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