Monday, October 30, 2006

Saturday in the shop: Clearing out old road bike frames again

Saturday 10-28

By 11Am the door was thrown open to let in the ever lower shafts of sunlight to warm the shop. I realize that this may be one of the last warm ones of the season, and with daylight savings or CST or whatever, the light for the night shifts is all but done now.

I spent most of my shift making hard decisions about the piles of junk and junk bikes and the lack of space for new (perhaps better, up-to-date) donations. I appropriated some of the hooks in the closet with the sink for potential SWAP meet classics (the Collegiate, the aforementioned 'Kensington' etc.), and also for some saleable adult frames (for our 'Fixed gear' brethren who swarm the streets in ever increasing numbers). I broke down 3 old adult steel road bikes that have been eating space, and on Saturday posted them on Craigslist as 'donation' frames (a Panasonic, Gitane, and a beat-to-heck Schwinn World). All are typical steel frame choices for singel/fixed riders. Already I have gotten a nibble on two of them... expect to see donations in the jar by midweek.

During the clear out of the sink closet, I rearranged some of the overflowing crates of parts to make passage easier. I also cleared out most of the dinged up steel wheel rims to the recylce trailer (we have enough aluminum wheel rimes of similar sizes; if we are going to replace a wheel, better to put a light weight rim on vs. the heavy steel).

From there I moved to the claustophobic back rows, pulling more stacked up and stashed steel rims, removed rotted rubber and piled them on the recycle trailer. I made some dent in the piles. Much work needs to be done here, and we can talk more about this at upcoming board meetings.

On Friday, after dropping off the Trek donations, Kim and I spied a wrecker backing up to take a wrecked car away from Bills Auto. I joked, "so are you here to haul the trailer of steel bike parts?" the driver replied, "sure, I can toss a bunch of those parts in the junker for you... make yer pile a little shorter." Kim and I looked at each other and said "Sure!" so the pile is a bit shorter now on the trailer.

The stalwart Richard Castelnuovo arrived around noon, riding one of his fixed up bikes to the shop. Richard is a great guy and a great mechanic, and he has the habit of picking out a bike that has potential, getting the crank in shape to ride, and then rides it home to work on during the week... then returns with it the following saturday. it is always a lively shift if Richard turns up.

Iliterally blew home on my bike that afternoon, buffeted by very strong NW winds.

Couple of old school bikes...

Some guy dropped off two bikes:

1) Schwinn (Chicago) "Collegiate Sport 10", shorty chrome fenders, white on black paint. "Positron" drive train wherein the 'freewheel' is up front at the crank (pedal) instead of on the rear wheel. This means you can shift even while not pedaling...just as long as you're moving.

2) The sweetest Huffy I have ever seen...'Kensington'...really nice purple/brown paint, full matching fenders. I'm not much of a Huffy fan, but this is the nicest I have see. Mixte frame. The color of the tires matches the handlebar grips and seat.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Field trip to Trek in Waterloo, Fri., 10/27

So, Marian, in the Warranty dept. of Trek, had five bike boxes of new parts, wheels and frames for kids bikes. We would have dilly-dallied around, but her boss said they had to be gone by Monday, so Mark and I drove out early Friday (10/27) afternoon and picked up the booty and conveyed it to the W4W shop (where it sits now).

Lots of nice folks out there. I e-mailed Marian a thank you note.

REI Gift Wrap...

This is from Ambra Baldwin at REI:

We would like to invite you to participate in a winter fundraising effort for our local non-profit partners. During the week prior to Christmas, we would like to coordinate a gift wrapping schedule at our store for you to raise some money for your organization. We encourage you to bring personalized gift wrap from your organization, as customers often prefer that over generic gift wrap. For example, you can have kids stamp blank paper, purchase gift wrap that is 100% recycled, recycle old maps for gift wrap, etc. We will provide extra gift wrap, tape, and boxes if you provide the staff to wrap gifts for our customers. The more gifts you wrap, the more money you will raise.

Here is a tentative schedule. Please let me know if you would like to take any of these dates and times.

Saturday, December 16th 11 AM to 1 PM and/or 1 PM to 3 PM and/or 3 PM to 5 PM

Sunday, December 17th 11 AM to 1 PM and/or 1 PM to 3 PM and/or 3 PM to 5 PM

Monday, December 18th 2 PM to 4 PM and/or 4 PM to 6 PM and/or 6 PM to 8 PM

Tuesday, December 19th 2 PM to 4 PM and/or 4 PM to 6 PM and/or 6 PM to 8 PM

Wednesday, December 20th 2 PM to 4 PM and/or 4 PM to 6 PM and/or 6 PM to 8 PM

Thursday, December 21st 2 PM to 4 PM and/or 4 PM to 6 PM and/or 6 PM to 8 PM

Friday, December 22nd 12 PM to 2 PM and/or 2 PM to 4 PM and/or 4 PM to 6 PM and/or 6 PM to 8 PM

Saturday, December 23rd 9 AM to 11 AM and/or 11 AM to 1 PM and/or 1 PM to 3 PM and/or 3 PM to 5 PM and/or 5 PM to 7 PM

You are more than welcome to sign up for multiple time slots. I will send out a final schedule when I have heard back from everyone. The schedule will be posted online as well as in our clinic flyer so that members of your organization or those interested in your organization can come and support your fundraising effort. I encourage you to put your own personal spin on your session and get your organization excited about spreading holiday cheerJ

Please RSVP to me no later than November 15th.

Help remind me to put this on the Agenda for next Month's Board Meeting, Nov. 8th (three days ahead of the deadline for the above).

Stuff list and Sat. volunteers

Here's some stuff that Fred and Charlotte figured that we need at the shop:

Hardware type stuff:
- Hack Saw blades (2 or 3)
- Tire chalk (something to write sizes on tubes)
- File (like an 8" Mill Bastard)
- 5-1/2" or 6" vise
- We'd need four 3-1/2" bolts with nuts and washers for mounting the vise

Other stuff:
- Paper towels
- Tags, for tagging bikes (2-3/4" x 1-3/8" with string loops)
- Dish soap (not sure why...but Charlotte requested this)

Alsoooo....we'll be looking for Sat. volunteers for November. I assume we will be closed Thanksgiving weekend.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Saris Gala a Hit

Thanks to Jessica for coming to the Saris/BFW Gala...there were over 600 people there and we raised $35,000 to fight for better bicycling in Wisconsin.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Oct 7th shop

So...I've never actually opened the shop before. I might be willing to do this coming Sat (Oct 7th), but can someone give me the crash course? How do I give out a bike, for instance? What volunteers ought I to expect (names)? What hours (how long) do I need to be there?

Manuals and Multi-tools

Repair manuals and multi-tools for the REI (and Cap Times?) kids should be arriving asap to the shop. Somebody let me know if/when they arrive (Fed Ex was having some trouble getting the stuff there)

Sunday, October 01, 2006

October Saturdays...

Oct. 14 - I (Kim) will open the shop
Oct. 21 - I assume Don S. will open
Oct. 28 - Mark E. will open

That leaves Oct. Saturday hasn't been claimed yet....any takers?