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

Cyclista Nicholas cyclista at inventati.org
Fri Mar 20 22:43:12 PDT 2020


Emily don't encourage him


On 2020-03-21 05:38, Emily Summerhays wrote:
> Hi Kevin,
> 
> Last week you were very vocal about your opinion that all of us
> shutter down. Can you share your insights about how we can and should
> continue to operate?
> 
> Thank you,
> 
> Emily - Boise Bicycle Project
> 
>> On Mar 20, 2020, at 11:18 PM, Kevin Dwyer <kevidwyer at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>> 
>> Thanks, I agree it attacks some plastics, though it does come in a 
>> plastic bottle which seems to hold it well without deterioration for 
>> more than a year. Citrus should always be rinsed off with water and 
>> diluted for economy and protection of plastics (up to 10:1). Simple 
>> Green attacks metal and causes hydrogen embrittlement which can cause 
>> cracking and catastrophic failure. This is a known problem for chains 
>> soaked in Simple Green. I have also seen SG destroy bearing retainers. 
>> I've never had a problem in 12 years using citrus dilution on all 
>> kinds of bike parts and accessories, followed by rinsing with water.
>> 
>> 
>> 
>>> On Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 10:59 PM General Manager 
>>> <3rdwardbikes at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> 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...
>>>>> 
>>>>> --
>>>>> 
>>>>> --
>>>>> Andrew Shaw-Kitch (pronouns: he/him/his)
>>>>> Executive Director
>>>>> andrew at b4hpdx.org
>>>>> 
>>>>> Our mission is to increase access to safe and affordable bikes 
>>>>> while empowering self-sufficiency in bike maintenance and 
>>>>> commuting.
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