You see, we're good friends with some of the folks from the Skunk Train and Jim Baskin, knowing how Tony will wait until the last minute to do some things, bet him that the velocipede wouldn't be repaired any time soon. Tony, feeling confident, said that it would be in running order in time for the Willits Kinetic Carnivale.
Funny thing - the bet was made at New Year's Eve and the Kinetic Carnivale was just this past September 7-8. Jim does know Tony. But Jim doesn't realize the true power of beer.