[TheThinkTank] Mobile Bicycle Repair

veganboyjosh at gmail.com veganboyjosh at gmail.com
Thu Apr 7 17:20:42 PDT 2011


i had an idea for the toolsets used for mobile bike clinics that we never
had a chance to implement. perhaps one of you will.

there's always the issue of how to make sure you've got all the tools for
the clinic (both at prep time at the shop/storage area and after the clinic
is done, and it's time to roll up and out of there.

a list of tools, even/especially one with photos and names of tools, is a
little daunting for a new volunteer, less than fluent-in-bike-mechanic-lingo
youth, or someone who doesn't speak the same language as you.

what if the tools were all etched with numbers? you figure out your ultimate
tool list first. figure out how many 15mm's you need, how many 6mm hexes,
etc. then, line up all the tools and start at 1 and number them
sequentially.

when it's time to prep or tear down, you know that the kit has 72 tools.
anyone who can read numbers can help gather tools. even if they don't know
numbers, they can help gather tools in one area, and someone else can count
the tools as they go into the box/trailer.




On Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 6:15 PM, The Bicycle Tree <info at thebicycletree.org>wrote:

>  Below is my response to a similar query a few months ago.  To that
> response I will add:
>
> If we need to use one trailer (if there's only one person available to
> haul), we eliminate one of the tables and one or both canopies.
> - tool list: pretty much everything, we fill up three large tool boxes, two
> with three drawers and top shelf each, we keep the tool boxes on a plastic
> folding table.
> - cargo bike vs. trailer vs. both - I like trailers because they're stable
> and cheaper, if there's a mechanical problem you can switch bikes.  Trailers
> are not as attractive as the cargo bike in the LAB article, though, or this
> one: http://www.preenbulle.ch/26/v%C3%A9lomobile (dowload the
> actives_mobiles.pdf)
> - consumable parts list (tires, tubes, lube, et al) - all we bring are
> tubes, cables, housing, some rim tape, brake pads, small parts drawers,
> chains, ball bearings... we aren't really able to carry wheels or tires.
> Actually, we could probably get some tires on there.
> - what advocacy stuff to include (banners, stickers, brochures, and how to
> carry them) - we have a plastic waterproof file box that we carry our email
> list signup sheets, flyers, brochures, donation jar, stickers, spoke cards,
> buncha stuff... a lot of this goes out on a table.
>  - booth, tent, other - two 12x12 ezups and two folding tables (plastic
> ones are lighter than particle board)
> - other issues I'm short-sighted on... getting people to haul the trailers
> or bikes can be a bit tricky sometimes, because they have to be there
> earliest and stay latest.
>
> We're mobile, looking to establish ourselves in a building, but mobile for
> now.  We use two medium Bikes At Work trailers to haul everything - three
> big tool boxes (two with drawers), two canopies, two folding tables, truing
> stand, three folding repair stands, two 18-gallon tubs (holding small parts
> drawers, cables, housing, tubes, etc.), two collapsible chairs, 2-gallon
> container for lubes and cleaners, two pumps, banner, lil' trash can, file
> box for flyers, brochures, paperwork, etc.
>
> Advantages:
> -You can keep stuff on the trailers so you don't need to unload/reload at
> home base.
> -Bikes are fun and make you look cool
> -No rent, no gas
> -Easier to store and manage than a truck trailer - I think you need special
> registration for those.
>
> Challenges:
> -Subject to weather (not a big problem in Southern California)
> -You need commitment from two riders to get there and back.  We have done
> events doing bike checks/minor repairs with more limited stuff using one
> trailer.  One long trailer probably too much weight for one rider (unless
> they are herculean and equipped with disc brakes), given the density of
> everything.
> -Takes about 45 min to 1 hour for set up and break down
> -Very limited parts on hand
> -We've only done 10 mi round trip (on primarily flat ground), I'd say 20-30
> mi round trip is probably pushing it for everyone but the really strong
> riders, hills can be a bit difficult.  We did river trail underpasses just
> fine, though control may be a little iffy at these higher speeds should an
> obstacle present itself.
> -Bungeeing everything in place requires a little tetris (the first time)
> and time.  You need a lot of bungees - I think we use at least 15.
>
> Other advice:
> -Make sure the bikes have good brakes.
>
> Bikes At Work specific:
> -If the load balance is heavy toward the front (which may be required by
> how things must be arranged) and you rest the towbar on the ground it bends
> a bit so it wont fit on the trailer hitch and needs to be filed down (this
> problem mitigated in a half-assed way by sliding an old bottle cage on the
> towbar so that contacts the ground).
> -Trailer hitch band clamps come loose over time.
> -The wheels are held on by what looks like a paper clip on steroids,
> doesn't particularly inspire my confidence with potential sideways forces
> but its worked fine and the makers are experienced using the trailers so I
> guess don't worry about it.
>
> One photo of our trailers is on our website at www.thebicycletree.org
> Bikes At Work: www.bikesatwork.com
>
> Good luck!
>
> -Paul Nagel
>
> The Bicycle Tree
>
> P.O. Box 881
> Orange, CA 92856
>
> http://www.thebicycletree.org
>
> info at thebicycletree.org
>
>
>
>
>
> > Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2010 10:09:16 -0600
> > From: jonathan at slcbikecollective.org
> > To: thethinktank at bikecollectives.org
> > Subject: [TheThinkTank] Mobile shops
> >
> > Does anyone have a proven working (not conceptual) mobile shop
> > operation? We are going to be partnering with a local college, and
> > while we have done this in the past, I was looking for some creative
> > ideas on others have made it work.
> >
> > Sincerely,
> >
> > Jonathan Morrison
> > Executive Director
> > Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective
> > 2312 S. West Temple
> > Salt Lake City, UT 84115
> > w: 801-328-2453
> > c: 801-688-0183
> > f: 801-466-3856
> > www.slcbikecollective.org
> >
> > The mission of the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective is to promote
> > cycling as an effective and sustainable form of transportation and as
> > a cornerstone of a cleaner, healthier, and safer society. The Bicycle
> > Collective provides refurbished bicycles and educational programs to
> > the community, focusing on children and lower income households.
>
> The Bicycle Tree
>
> P.O. Box 881
> Orange, CA 92856
>
> http://www.thebicycletree.org
>
> info at thebicycletree.org
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
> From: samh at samh.net
> Date: Wed, 6 Apr 2011 14:34:08 -0600
> To: thethinktank at bikecollectives.org
>
> Subject: [TheThinkTank] Mobile Bicycle Repair
>
> I am interested in discussing mobile bicycle repair with other cooperatives
> who currently own or operate them.  The Bozeman Bike Kitchen will
> begin fund-raising toward this goal starting in two weeks and I'm very
> interested in seeing or hearing about the mobile rigs other cooperatives
> have set-up.
>
> - tool list
> - cargo bike vs. trailer vs. both
> - consumable parts list (tires, tubes, lube, et al)
> - what advocacy stuff to include (banners, stickers, brochures, and how to
> carry them)
> - booth, tent, other
> - other issues I'm short-sighted on...
>
> Thanks,
> Sam
>
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