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An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

May 10, 2013 at 6:40 PM

A whiz at building bike gizmos

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Sketched April 23, 2013

Gabi_0510_Bike06Where was Colin Stevens when I first moved to the U.S. and couldn’t afford to buy a car?

I could have used one of his “cycletrucks” to carry my groceries and one of his heavy-duty bike trailers to haul the little furniture that fit in my apartment.

“Haulin’ Colin,” as he is known in the local bike community, is making a name for himself in Seattle building such clever bike accessories and any kind of bike customization.

The 31-year-old started out as a computer-science major when he moved here from Bandon, Ore., to study at the University of Washington. But his love of bicycles and learning how to weld led him down a different career path.

These days Stevens works full-time creating unique pedal-powered machines and bike parts out of a crammed metal shop at Georgetown’s Equinox Studios, an enclave of “fine and heavy, arts and artisans.” His latest projects include a bookmobile bike trailer and a pedal-powered food processor for a zoo exhibit.

Stevens doesn’t consider himself an artist, but he enjoys the creative aspect of building things with his hands instead of writing software. “It’s more satisfying to make a physical thing,” he said.

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Here are more sketches I made at Stevens’ metal shop while he worked on the food-processor bike commissioned by the Woodland Park Zoo.

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