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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Lantern: Bicycle co-op gives cyclists a third hand

It is a small but busy space and the rich smell of rubber tires mingled with grease hangs in the air. The tires are hanging by the dozens from hooks embedded in the ceiling, the wall is lined with bicycle frames and at several stations, pairs of workers are fixing flats, removing rust, greasing chains and adjusting brakes. A man with a shaved head, piercing blue eyes and a wide smile approaches and says, "Hi, welcome to Third Hand, what can I help you with?" His arms are quite literally covered with thick, black grease.

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