[TheThinkTank] Rubbing alcohol substitutes, spraying grips with bleach, etc.

Kevin Dwyer kevidwyer at gmail.com
Fri Mar 20 21:38:55 PDT 2020

You should contact your county health department with your questions,
including inquiring about the shared use of helmets. Our group had
questions regarding our operations and they were very helpful.

Citrus solvent, available by the gallon at Home Depot for about $8, can be
diluted up to 25/75 while still making a great solvent. Don't use Simple

On Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 9:56 PM Andrew Shaw-Kitch <andrew at b4hpdx.org> wrote:

> Thanks for the lively conversation on how to ride the line between serving
> our community and doing our part not to spread covid-19. This is an
> unprecedented situation from all angles, so it's nice to have this group of
> like-minded folks from all over looking at things from this one.
> Here at Bikes for Humanity PDX we have postponed all classes, in-person
> programs, and open hours. We are doing bike adoptions on an appointment
> basis: (1) bikes are posted online for folks to browse, folks referred to
> us from partner organizations describe what they are looking for (2) a time
> is set 30 mins+ away from another appointment, and the adopter is asked if
> they'll need helmet, light, and/or lock. (3) We meet in the parking lot
> behind our space with a couple bike options, and any other items they might
> need. We feel this is a satisfactory means toward meeting the needs of
> people trying to access bikes as either a diversion or way to get to work,
> as well as our own needs of revenue and the fulfillment of our mission.
> Does anyone have insight on how to maximize social distancing and minimize
> shared contact of surfaces? I am also interested from a mechanical
> perspective, what the effect of watered down bleach is on grips, saddles,
> bar wrap. Since we only have so much rubbing alcohol, and it won't be
> easier to acquire anytime soon, we are looking for a way to ensure contact
> points are sterilized going forward. Spray bleach-water on grips and wipe
> with rag designated as the touch-points sanitizing rag?
> And since rubbing alcohol is now prioritized for non-bike purposes, what
> is another means of cleaning bearing systems, rims and disc rotors? I will
> be taking the crisis/opportunity ("crisitunity" in the phrasing of Homer
> Simpson) of having the doors closed to catch up refurbishment of the 100
> bikes in our basement...
> --
> --
> *Andrew Shaw-Kitch (pronouns: he/him/his)*
> *Executive Director*
> *andrew at b4hpdx.org <andrewsk.b4hpdx at gmail.com>*
> *Our mission is to increase access to safe and affordable bikes while
> empowering self-sufficiency in bike maintenance and commuting.*
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