A Day Fixing Other People’s Bikes
I’m on Sustrans’ Active In Ashington project’s list of people who can be persuaded to volunteer for stuff. So today there was some sort of eco festival thing in North Seaton, and Sustrans were running a bring-your-bike-to-be-fixed clinic.
I got volunteered.
Actually, it was a lovely day, and quite good fun, though I’m always shocked at these things at the state of people’s bikes. Typical lists of problems . . .
- No functioning brakes, other than a rear mech that would foul the spokes if you tried to select anything below the third lowest gear
- Rear wheel that I swear was closer to square than round
- Front mech that could move across it’s whole range without once touching the chain . I’ve no idea how it ended up like this - it seemed that both the plates had been bent apart at some time. Maybe the owner thought this was how you stop the chain rubbing on the mech?
- Lose bottom bracket, wheel hub cones, headset and handlebars. All on one bike. Oh, it had no brakes either.
- Brake blocks worn down to the metal. Still functional, though they make a terrible nose on that aluminium rim!
- Punctures. Lots of punctures.
You get the picture - on most bikes, we couldn’t get them back to 100%; all we could do was get them to be slightly less lethal, with their owners promising to bring them in to Sustrans’ workshop to get the rest of the work done.
How much do you think it cost the owners to get all this work carried out though?
Totally free - including all parts, labour, cheery smiles and muttered curses. Now that’s what I call a good deal!
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 09/11/2010
- Time: 13:53:04
- Total Time: 1:48:00.00
- Calories: 1577
- Distance: 29.5 miles
- Average Speed: 16.39 mph