Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Tuesday Night: Moving into Maintenance Mode

Tuesday night in the shop... alas, Jay decided to take the week off... so i was running solo.

We're seeing lots of donations, but most of them are larger, adult bikes -- some marginal, some useable. We'll have to make decision about them (if we can afford to store them), or move 'em on out! We just are short of "peg space" to hang stuff like that (I need to ditch that old Dunnelt over the truing stand... a cool bike but just a wee bit too beat up).

I spent my shift going thru the PILES, looking for junk bikes and moved them to the JUNK/RECYCLE pile outside (small, totally beat single speed/bmx/barbie bikes with pretzelled wheels, lots of rust, rusty chains... OR just unattractive, larger rusty bikes). I was alone in the shop last night, but the next time there is a crew of us, I will take on the back 'aisle' and clear out what looks like a lot of ignored inventory, stray rims, and other junk that is back there because... it might be not worth repairing (perhaps that is why they have been hanging back there for years?) . PLUS, if we do have decent inventory elsewhere (Ironworks, Marshall) that may be in better shape, we could shift those bikes into spots cleared in the back row.

Made some room in front of the 'pet cage' pile to park potential projects. We are sorely short of repaired, medium sized bikes, so I extracted a couple geared bikes in that size and set them out for the day shift to take on. Had to turn away a young Earner last week because there was not a bike in her size (dats a tough thing to do!). I set up a ladder in front of the 'cage' to clear off BMX bikes from that stack... but it was just scary doing it without help. Maybe next time. Also, we are getting bins of misc unuseable parts, extracted from torn down bikes. Will need to figure out a trash container that the city will accept and get this stuff out of the shop. It's getting dang hard to move around some of the rooms!

It's a lovely time, early autumn... the shop is a fun place to be, in all of its dishevelled glory, with the garage door up and cool air filtering in. The 'skeeters are back for a second round, and they nailed me here and there... but not bad enough to shut the place up. I test rode a few bikes for worthiness prior to classification, and tooled over to the next lot where I could see the pink sunset sky. Something meloncholy and uplifting about this time of year.

The ride home was breezy, but night is falling earlier now. Rolling thru the darkness is made slightly easier by the work of BFW, the city, and other civic groups... as I am able to stay on paved paths for over HALF of my ride home (the Park St connector path is da BOMB!) My double-barrelled head light showed the way. Phantom, unlit riders approached, and I was glad to have illumination. Riding at night without lighting and without helmets? Some riders are just plain Stupid. I raced a couple rabbits in the dark along the SW path. Inhaled a few insects (pure protein!)

Life is good.

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