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Tad's Landscape Service is a one-man, two-wheel show. Tad's Landscape Service is a one-man, two-wheel show.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Three years ago when gas prices seemed unbearable for Tad Schrimshire, he knew he needed a change. 

"I have been running the business for 36 years and a couple of extra years mowing as a teenager." Schrimshire runs a landscaping business in Spokane and everything from his mower, leaf blower and his truck needed fuel. Overhead became too much. 

So Tad bought a $300 trailer for his bike and began biking to his jobs and hauling his gear. "I was real happy to not be held hostage by gas prices." Tad says. "To have this alternative gave me a great deal of joy. Really the best part about it is getting to ride your bike."

Tad's Landscape Service is mainly a one-man show he says. Four days a week he travels to his jobs, most of which he can handle just with his bike and trailer. "I have a lot of shocked customers when they see me pull up to figure out who I am and what I'm doing." 

At 54 years old Tad says gas prices are not his only motivation for his bike business. "My mom has been a bike enthusiast and has ridden to work for the last 35 years." Tad says. His mom turns 79 years old on Monday and he says she is his inspiration. "Whenever I feel like I just might fall in to the truck today because I'm a little tired, I think well my mom biked to work I better get out there."

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