Girl Power with a Wrench and a Grinder

Meet New York Magazine’s 2010 Best Bike Mechanic:

When it comes to the three R’s of bicycle maintenance—repair, replace, rebuild—KT Higgins is your woman. She’ll take on any steed (fixed gear, single speed, racing bikes, mountain bikes, custom builds, you name it). She always finds time to educate riders, often lending out tools and hosting free upkeep classes in her Bushwick locale. Female cycling advocates appreciate her lack of condescension; she’s not going to remind you that a Schrader valve is the “fat one” or make any assumptions. Trained as a wheel builder, Higgins cut her teeth as a bike messenger while working at the city’s top shops (Bicycle Habitat, Bike Works) for a decade before going out on her own. And unlike some of the more reserved old-timers, the 29-year-old is up on trends and is known for her lively builds, like pairing a vintage frame with BMX parts to create a stylish, yet strong, Dutch cruiser.
Read more: Best Bike Mechanic – Best of New York Home & Help 2010 — New York Magazine

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