Michael and Kim Starchild visit in Michael's hospital room. The couple, who are co-founders of The Bike people, are hosting a fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the shop, 425 L St. All proceeds going toward his recovery from interstitial lung disease. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo
Michael Starchild, 73, a veteran cyclist, was the physically fit mechanic at The Bike People until he was rushed to Sutter Hospital and diagnosed with pneumonia, bronchitis and interstitial lung disease that has caused irreversible scarring to his lungs. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo
Michael, right, and Kim Starchild prepare to take their new tandem bike out for a test ride. The bike will allow Michael to continue to ride despite a recent stay in the hospital. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo
Will Pfanner took over repairs at The Bike People after Michael Starchild could no longer work in the shop. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo
Michael Starchild may not be in The Bike People repair shop but his spirit — and name — keep a close on the tool board. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo

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