The other day I crossed paths with a colorful personality and an even more colorful bike.
I first met Gram Shipley at BikeCraft. He wanted to display his wares (hand-sewn leather mud-flaps and casino dice valve caps), but didn’t get enough of them made in time for the show.
But when he rolled by me just off of N. Vancouver near Legacy Hospital the other day, it was his bike I noticed first.
Gram says it’s a “scraper” bike (scrapers are the hot thing right now, as evidenced by this YouTube video from Oakland, CA). What exactly makes it a scraperbike? Gram says it has to do with tricking out the spokes.
Gram has a thing for collecting bikes and funky old parts. He volunteers at the Community Cycling Center to help stoke his habit (and of course to help get more kids on bikes).
Check out my little slideshow for more photos of Gram and his awesome little bike: