We never got around to posting here about our new favorite bike mechanic, Tim Ennis, a.k.a. The Rolling Wrench, Boston’s first and only mobile bike shop, and Tim does it all by bike. You may have seen him out on the Minuteman bike path over the summer or by the Davis square T stop. Tim first worked on our bikes a few months ago, and wow, was it nice not to have to figure out how to get an ailing bike (or bikes) into the shop around work and daycare schedules. And while, yes, I’m perfectly capable of changing a flat, I don’t always have all my stuff with me, and what takes me 45 minutes (especially with the kids “helping”), takes Tim 5. Throw in a fabulous down-to-earth attitude, good advice, and a love for cargo bikes, and I was in bike mechanic heaven.
Only one problem.
Tim is moving to Portland, and I don’t mean Portland Maine.
Seriously. Portland. We need to talk. You have all the most amazing bike shops. You have the Fiets of Parenthood. You have amazing biking infrastructure (by US standards anyway).
And now you are taking our bike mechanic. This has got to stop.
We were honored to be Tim’s last Boston customers today (he made quick work of changing a pesky flat on our Xtra I didn’t feel like dealing with and gave our tandem a tune-up), and we wish him all the best. But Portland, you had better appreciate this guy. He’s awesome.
And Boston/Cambridge/Somerville, please, can someone around here please take over for Tim? R was studying his work closely, and seems to be making progress on basic skills, but I think it’s going to be a couple years before he can completely take over the business.