[TheThinkTank] the virus and community bike shops, essential services thought

veganboyjosh at gmail.com veganboyjosh at gmail.com
Sun Mar 22 21:19:21 PDT 2020


This is so awesome.

Would love to see closeups/details about how the crank/clamp arms work.

On Sun, Mar 22, 2020 at 1:52 AM Kevin Dwyer <kevidwyer at gmail.com> wrote:

> That's super cool! Great work. The clamp detail is super cool and bikey.
>
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> On Sat, Mar 21, 2020 at 11:29 PM Cyclista Nicholas <cyclista at inventati.org>
> wrote:
>
>> I finally finished the outdoor workstation mentioned above a few days
>> ago, so here are some pictures. I designed and built it over a binge
>> work period of about 20 hours without sleep, food, water, or even a
>> break X_X
>>
>> More pics are available if anyone wants better details on any of the
>> components.
>>
>> Hope everyone is staying ok,
>>
>> ~cyclista Nicholas
>>
>>
>> On 2020-03-16 21:57, Cyclista Nicholas wrote:
>> > We have a lot of old bike lock cables we've salvaged from old cut
>> > locks laying around. We'll be making a loop at each end and crimping
>> > them with flattened nuts, one end will be fastened to the bike rack
>> > outside the shop and the other will be attached to a pump. We have a
>> > lot of old floor pumps laying around and I expect to replace the pump
>> > a few times if they get stolen before giving up putting them out
>> > alltogether. I'm only putting one out because that's all I think we'll
>> > need, but I wonder if putting more out in this fashion might help
>> > reduce the perception of scarcity, i.e. a mentality that could
>> > encourage theft.
>> >
>> > We're also using this method for tools, also ones we can stand to lose
>> > if they get stolen, but in the case of tools, old lock cables are
>> > either too short or not flexible enough, and so I went to the hardware
>> > store and bought 50ft of cable for about $20 total for the tools to be
>> > leashed with.
>> >
>> > In all honesty, we've played with this idea for a long time before now
>> > and it's kind of cool to have an excuse to experiment with it.
>> >
>> > ~cyclista Nicholas
>> >
>> >
>> > On 2020-03-16 21:39, carlyn.arteaga at bicas.org wrote:
>> >> We just suspended all public services at BICAS in Tucson AZ today
>> >> through the end of the month at least. :(
>> >>
>> >> Does anyone have a brilliant design for a pump that can be left
>> >> outside that is less likely to get stolen/mangled??
>> >>
>> >> Sending best wishes out to all our community bikes buddies in these
>> >> uncertain times.
>> >>
>> >> ~Car
>> >>
>> >> Carlyn Arteaga
>> >>
>> >> pronouns: they/them/theirs
>> >>
>> >> Youth Program Coordinator
>> >>
>> >> BICAS
>> >>
>> >> 2001 N. 7th Ave. | Tucson, AZ 85701 | Shop: 520-628-7950
>> >>
>> >> carlyn.arteaga at bicas.org | www.bicas.org | Facebook | Instagram
>> >>
>> >> Through advocacy and bicycle salvage, our mission is to participate in
>> >> affordable bicycle transportation, education, and creative recycling
>> >> with our greater Tucson community.
>> >>
>> >>
>> >>> On Mar 15, 2020, at 8:19 PM, Cyclista Nicholas
>> >>> <cyclista at inventati.org> wrote:
>> >>>
>> >>> Here's Recycle Ithaca's Bicycles decision/policy, posted last night.
>> >>>
>> >>> For reference, April 13 is when public schools will be closed until
>> >>> here, and two of the projects mentioned below completed today and two
>> >>> others the day before. We have one project left, a father and
>> >>> daughter build project that is nearly done, but I doubt they will
>> >>> come in during this time. Also, we only have one or two volunteers
>> >>> and one person on staff (me) right now, though we were in the middle
>> >>> of hiring and new staff training for up to four people may be
>> >>> scheduled over this break, absent symptoms permitting. The number of
>> >>> confirmed COVID-19 cases here currently is one, and this is a city
>> >>> with three higher education institutions, one of them being Cornell,
>> >>> so it's likely the actual current infections are higher.
>> >>>
>> >>> "Hi everyone,
>> >>>
>> >>> We're all shuffling our cards in an attempt  to come up with best
>> >>> practices for moving forward through this pandemic, and RIBs is
>> >>> committed to doing its best to make choices that help.
>> >>>
>> >>> Here are the changes Recycle Ithaca's Bicycles will be implementing
>> >>> from Sunday, March 15, to Wednesday, April 13 in response to these
>> >>> conditions:
>> >>>
>> >>> - Open shop will be closed. This means we will not be allowing any
>> >>> use of the space for public work on bikes. Exceptions will be made
>> >>> for the two or three people whose projects here are currently in
>> >>> progress.
>> >>>
>> >>> - We will retain our normal hours, but for retail and volunteering
>> >>> only.
>> >>>
>> >>> - Strict sanitary procedures will be enforced on the property and
>> >>> posted throughout the premises.
>> >>>
>> >>> - Open shop on Saturday will be replaced with a weekly group ride
>> >>> (look for more details coming soon).
>> >>>
>> >>> - Volunteer nights on Mondays are now closed.
>> >>>
>> >>> - Some basic tools will be leashed to the racks outside the front of
>> >>> the shop for people to work on their own bikes.
>> >>>
>> >>> - We will reassess all measures for COVID-19 on an ongoing basis,
>> >>> posting updates here and on the Tompkins County Human Services
>> >>> Listserv.
>> >>>
>> >>> We greatly value all of our community and hope to resume open shop as
>> >>> soon as safety permits.
>> >>>
>> >>> Please take care of yourselves."
>> >>>
>> >>> ~cyclista Nicholas
>> >>>
>> >>>
>> >>>> On 2020-03-14 19:55, peter at BikeClarkCounty.org wrote:
>> >>>> Free community volunteer delivery by car/bike for elderly/needy:
>> >>>>
>> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfAMZHbn6md19Tb28SM53ayFAQK02xJv1NXVjL-J26tDZOQ-g/viewform
>> >>>>
>> https://bikeportland.org/2020/03/12/cycling-through-the-covid-19-outbreak-312378
>> >>>>> On Mar 13, 2020, at 11:38 AM, Bob Giordano <mist at strans.org> wrote:
>> >>>>> Just a quick thought on 'essential services':
>> >>>>> I think that community bicycle shops are essential
>> >>>>> for healthy, vibrant, socially just communities,
>> >>>>> in today's 'modern' age.... especially as a long
>> >>>>> term strategy to improve our cooperative systems.
>> >>>>> Community bicycle shops are likely not essential
>> >>>>> as far as absolute survival and in the context of
>> >>>>> remaining open during this pandemic.
>> >>>>> Hopefully we've all done enough community work
>> >>>>> to help people learn skills to work together
>> >>>>> and fix things, with our without a dedicated
>> >>>>> space.
>> >>>>> Just wanted to put this thought out there, as
>> >>>>> many shops are deciding how to move forward.
>> >>>>> Thanks, Bob Giordano, Free Cycles Missoula
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