In this series we stop people along the bike lanes in Vancouver and have chats with them about their thoughts on cycling, their bikes, and more. Have a look at the archive HERE.
How long have you been fixing appliances by bike?
I’ve been in the appliance repair industry for 7 years but I didn’t build this bike until last summer. I’ve had my own business for about 2 years and was using a small pickup truck and/or a van to get around before. I saw these cargo bikes when I went to Amsterdam a few years ago and wondered if I could build something like that for my work. I managed to put it together in a total of 2 months and since then I have been riding on it non-stop. Riding my bike to service calls really lets me capitalize on the downtown market as I don’t have to worry about parking. I can just pull up to the front steps of a condo and have my tools all ready to go. Luckily it’s been the mildest winter that I can recall in Vancouver, but I always remember to bring my rain gear with me.
Vancouver is your hometown then?
Yes, I was born and raised here. My parents are from Poland and immigrated here in the late 80’s. I was born shortly after they arrived.
Did you always have your heart set on appliance repairs?
I actually just got into it right out of high school to be honest. I was eager to get into the work force and got an opportunity to work at Sears. I was always taking things apart at home even though I didn’t figure out how to put them back together until a few more years down the road. My Dad, who was also very mechanically inclined, always told me that I shouldn’t take stuff apart and not fiddle with this kind of stuff and go to school instead. But I couldn’t help it as it was always something that I enjoyed doing. I’m even thinking that I might get into building these cargo bikes as there seems to be a lot of people that are keen on getting a bike of their own. Maybe that’s where all of this has taken me. Appliance repair is a way to pay the bills, but I’d like to get into something more exciting down the road.
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