Lori Kane of Different Office, a blog that features unique and effective work spaces, stopped by Haulin’ Colin’s shop recently:
My fears about us having nothing in common vanished almost the moment I walked through Colin’s door. Several women were working on a bike in the corner. One came and introduced herself to me as the business partner of my friend Sean: they run the very cool community business Fork & Frame together. And the beer Daniel and I brought–an apology to Colin for having to reschedule to a Friday evening–made us other friends in the space instantly. And then there was Colin himself.
So what does Colin do in his space?
In this space, Garth and I primarily work on custom bicycles. We do custom bicycle frames, parts, accessories: everything from custom frames to big trailers to frame repair for broken frames to this kind of random stuff, like turning a bike into a trike, or making a pedicab, or. I just finished—it’s in powder coat right now—I finished a bike that has a smaller front wheel and a big cargo platform on the front. Then it has an additional chain that goes up to the front and runs through a little gear box, and has different attachments that you can put on there for, like you can put a blender on there, a big circle so kids can do spin art, and all kinds of weird attachments like that.
I use one of Colin’s trailers extensively both as part of Fork and Frame, delivering Clean Greens veggies, and for accomplishing everyday tasks. For someone who does not own a car, access to one of these trailers is a huge help. Instead of borrowing a car for the times that I need to carry something too large to fit on my bike, I find myself strapping it into the trailer, shifting to a low gear, and parading across town waving at the excited kids who come to watch. Kids LOVE bike trailers.
And because the trailer is so well designed, it’s a lot easier than it looks.
Here’s a video from Different Office: