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

General Manager 3rdwardbikes at gmail.com
Fri Mar 20 21:59:15 PDT 2020

Citrus attacks plastics.

On Fri, Mar 20, 2020, 11:39 PM Kevin Dwyer <kevidwyer at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> Green.
> 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...
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>> *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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