We just spent some time and redid the tag we use to track repairs on a
bike. I'm sure your shops are similar to ours in that many mechanics of
varying skill levels will work on a single bike before it's distributed
back to the world for use. This make it challenging to ensure a standard
of quality on any given bike leaving the shop.
As we fleshed out the tag we realized that it could function loosely as a
curriculum. For most mechanics, especially students we suggest starting at
the top and working down the list. I've come to realize that no two
mechanics will do things in the exact same way, everyone has their own
style. We've been suggesting that folks do the first two items in order
and then address the rest of the repairs at their discretion.
Of course we couldn't put everything on a half page so we had to make
compromises. You'll notice as you get closer to the bottom of the tag the
categories are a little more broad and don't get into the finer details.
We're working on a final check list that will include finer details like
checking bearing play, tire wear, fine tune derailleurs and brakes... The
final checklist won't hang on the bike but it'll be around the shop and
part of our training. Stay tuned for this.
We print these double sided, cut them in half and laminate them. We hang
them on the handlebars and fill them out with a Sharpie. When the bike is
done and gone we clean the Sharpie off with 90% rubbing alcohol and a rag.
This allows us to use one tag over and over and over.
We've been using these tags for about 2 weeks now and it's been awesome.
Communication between mechanics is much clearer and bikes are getting done
faster. It's really helped orient Earn-A-Bike students to what needs to be
done next on their bike.
Anyway if you think it's a good idea feel free to adapt it to your shops
Community Cycles is Boulder's only bike shop dedicated to bike commuting.
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I am wondering if bike collectives and shops could share what they are
using for service tickets or slips when a bike is being purchased, when
preparing a bike to sell, when people drop off a bike to be fixed/tuned
and/or a bike that was donated?
Thank you so much for your help!
Health and Wellness Coordinator
Northern Berkshire Community Coalition
61 Main St. Suite 218
North Adams, MA 01247
413-663-7588 Ext. 16
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I'll be winding up our social enterprise in London, UK soon and will
finally get time to scan/upload all the gift economy resources ;)
We never work solo with kids but I started the business myself and
always used to work alone (and many late nights still did/do)
What I had in place though was solid Risk Assessments and Method
Statements for everything we did (as well as the premises and all the
protocols for accident reporting, fire, general H&S etc). Happy to share
anything that could be useful.
What do you specifically need?
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Thank you for bringing up this topic. I had never heard of a Lone Working
Policy. Evidently, employers are obligated to see to the safety of
lone workers in the event of mishap such as a slip and fall, or an attack
by hostile customers. After conducting a few web searches, I gather that
these policies are more widely used in the UK and Canada than in the US,
where our Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has no Lone
Working policy requirement.
If it helps at all, a web search turned up this template for Lone Working
Policy from the UK. This one doesn't seem very helpful, but still better
than nothing. I expect that a determined searcher will find that many
other examples are available online.
In addition, I found some commercial web sites that furnish sample Lone
Working Policy templates by email, in exchange for your contact
information. Undoubtedly a sales person will be contacting me shortly. :-)
Although my non-profit shop does not have an official Lone Working Policy,
this may be due to only having two paid employees working with many
volunteers. Unofficially, the shop policy seems to be, "Don't work alone."
In the past, when my shop has needed advice for issues like this, we have
been able to turn to another local non-profit organization that provides
free legal support and sample language. I hope that you too have such a
resource that can provide assistance tailored to your particular country's
When you complete your own Lone Working Policy, please post a copy so the
rest of us can see it.
On Tue, Apr 5, 2022 at 1:03 PM <
> From: Doireann Lalor <doireann(a)bsbcoop.org>
> Hi lovely Bikey people,
> Do any of you have a Lone Working Policy for your workshop/organisation
> that you’d be happy to share with me? We need to make one for Broken Spoke
> (Oxford, UK), and I find it’s always easier to make policies using a good
> template from a similar organisation. Would be super useful!
I recently designed and built an inexpensive free standing bike rack
suitable for shop use. It holds 19 bikes vertically from hooks, with
alternating bikes pointing up and down, and with handlebars facing out. My
goals were to:
- store lots of bikes using minimal floor space, in a place where
floor/wall hooks are not allowed
- easily be able to get to any bike
- easy to build
- low cost
Now I would like to share this design. Here is a link to a six page PDF
file showing how to build this rack, how much the parts cost if purchased
new, and how to reduce the cost.
Hello friends of bicycles and equity,
*Bikes Together in Denver, Colorado is excited to re-announce this position
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Apply by April 19th
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Director will oversee fundraising, staff, budgeting, strategy, and overall
smooth operations of our unique nonprofit organization. This individual
will be supported by an active board and long-standing staff in our
collective efforts to grow capacity, build a leader-full organization,
prioritize equity and transparency, and deepen our impact.
This is a flexible full time position (40 hours/week) and reports to the
board of directors.
Compensation package includes:
Paid sick, vacation and floating holiday time
Health insurance coverage
Discounts and wholesale purchasing + generous annual used parts credit
Well-established, positive relationships with customers, neighbors,
volunteers, and community-based groups also working towards health-,
transportation-, and education-equity
Bicycle friends; chocolate
Executive Director Responsibilities
Development and Fundraising (40%)
Ensure Bikes Together meets annual fundraising goals utilizing a
combination of individual fundraising, foundation and government grants,
Staff Support and Human Resources (20%)
Build a culture of trust and camaraderie. Supervise 3 of 5 current staff
Finance & Budgeting (20%)
Collaboratively create and oversee our annual budget of $500K
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Guide overall strategic direction of Bikes Together in alignment with
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Hi friends near and far!
We're hiring a Programs Manager at the Bike Kitchen in UBC Vancouver, here's a short blurb, and you can find a full posting on our website too: https://www.thebikekitchen.ca/job-board#programs-manager
Of course feel free to reach out with inquiries!
Located at the University of British Columbia, The Bike Kitchen provides UBC students and the wider Vancouver community with an accessible environment where they can learn about bicycle maintenance and cycling as a safe and sustainable means of transportation. We engage in education, outreach, and advocacy through our programs and our community bike shop. For more details on our programs and services, please visit _thebikekitchen.ca_ <http://www.thebikekitchen.ca/>.
The Bike Kitchen is hiring a new Programs Manager for a full-time position (32-40 hours per week) on a 2 year renewable contract, beginning May 2nd, 2022 (flexible start date).* *
The Programs Manager (PM) directs programs and outreach to engage the community. The Bike Kitchen (BK) is governed by a student and community Board of Directors, who oversee and guide the vision and mission of the organization. The PM oversees operations and works closely with the BK’s Shop Manager to coordinate operations. Both managers hold equivalent roles as department managers.
At this time, we cannot accept applicants who are not currently eligible to work for the duration of the contract in Canada.
Board member of UBC Bike Kitchen + Co-op
Squeaky Wheel Bike Co-op in London, Ontario, Canada, is hiring a new shop
This is an amazing opportunity for someone to lead Squeaky Wheel into its
next phase—including a brand new space this summer!
It's a tight timeline, because our current manager will be leaving at the
end of the month and we're hoping there will be time for some training!
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