Track down the Davis, CA Bike Church for a portable shop--their whole shop is housed in a "church" that you can drive (bike) around. It's really quite fun!
~Mario Bruzzone Bike Kitchen, San Francisco Wrench Nepal, Kathmandu
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It might be most affordable and easiest to get a complete toolset from one of the big bike tool companies (via a distributor or a sympathetic local bike shop). Here's what Park Toolhttp://www.parktool.com/products/category.asp?cat=6has, for example. The backpack is a nice idea, but, in my experience, structurally hard to deal with. I would add to your set a bunch of hard line tools, which are easy to get donated. Tons of people have metric box wrenches lying around in their garages.
Our wiki http://www.bikecollectives.org/wiki/index.php?title=Tools has some excellent ideas about stocking tools.
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Hi, Everyone. I love reading everyone's posts. Thanks to the people who have written to me about creating a
good bike plan for the Detroit-Windsor region.
This past weekend, I was talking with some people. People we
know were attending the UN Indigenous People's climate change meeting in New York, and we were talking about some things.
My friends and I were talking about climate change, this time
in the context of the aboriginal communities that these friends of mine come from. It was a long and interesting conversation.
For a little part of it, I talked about bikes, and about how
important my bike was to me in Detroit and about how my bike shapes my world view and my thoughts about community planning, etc.
They all drive trucks, these friends of mine, even the ones
from the city, and they think I'm a little nuts for riding my bike everywhere, but they could also see an increased potential for bikes in some of their communities.
In some of their communities, bikes are not so practical. In
others, they could be made into a more functional option for day-to- day practical use, if there was an infrastructure to support them- a place to get bikes, a place to go to repair them, etc.
We wondered about a "Bike Shop in a Box"-- could you get a
big rubbermaid tub and put a whole bike shop into it? (Maybe two tubs plus a stand?) Could you make such a thing that would be easy to ship North or into the B.C. interior, by train or plane etc.?
Do the people from "Bikes Not Bombs" know how to do this--
have some of you done this before? Is there a good way of doing this already known?
What should go into the box, and how could we make this
economical-- is there an economy of scale-- how many Boxed Shops would you need to create to get a good deal on the tools, do you think? Would suppliers be interested in creating a 'Shop in Box' as a product to offer through their catalogue, even?
We're just thinking about the feasibility of this right
now. For lots of reasons, it might be a dumb or unworkable idea, but one worth checking out. If any of you have done this, or if you know what the best things to put into the box are, please e-mail me.
On Tue, 29 Apr 2008 01:56:20 -0400 "Urban Bike Project Wilmington, DE" email@example.com wrote:
"we still have the Bike Against! stencil and about ten different colors of spray paint..."
Rafael, is that why you changed your name? I can only imagine the positive message this has spread in Fort Collins...
I think you want a name that instantly gives people a snapshot of what you do. Mike's comment rings pretty true. Often people will call
or email about donating bikes and then ask what it is exactly that we
do. If you do bikes and art call it something with bikes and art and you'll be set. The Bike Gallery or something innocent. BICAS' name is pretty cool and explanatory.
Once you pick it, stick with it. Like Rafael said, your shops actions/quality are more important than the name.
On 4/28/08, bike against firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Hey Jennifer and all, Rafael from Fort Collins,CO here...
I agree with Rachel, keep it simple...
I believe the name does not make the project, the PROJECT makes
just like band names, as long as the music is good people will
In our case, for the first four years our project was known as
Against ! collective or Co-op and due to our current situation
we are now
just called The Fort Collins Bike Co-op... yeah,is not radical
doesn't have to be. We still have the same ideals and philosophy
birth to the organization and again, the quality of your work is
matters in the end.
By changing our name we were able to have access to a lot more
and therefore help a lot more people.
As for the militant riders out there,who believe that riding a
main or ONLY means of transportation is also an act of political
and resistance,we still have the Bike Against! stencil and about
different colors of spray paint...
Also there's less risk that the name will be already taken.
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