Wobbling over the Williamsburg Bridge on a misaligned bike wheel earlier today, I ran into Michael — a bike mechanic who set up his DIY shop in the middle of the bridge where the bike lane crosses the pedestrian path. I haven’t had the time or the funds to stop by a bike shop since getting hit by a car several weeks ago, so I thought, why not?

Michael helped me out for a small donation of 3 bucks. Between 10-30 bikers stop and get their bike checked out every day he is out there, Michael tells me. He’s here 2-3 times a week with a carton full of tools, but he’s planning to pack it in once the winter hits.

(Photos: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)