It was such a great Sunday session, complete with pictures, that it deserves more than a quick facebook status so here’s Matt’s report from Sunday.
The Sunday session – 27th of the 10th 2013 – Scratch builds, Barn Fresh – Wheel rebuilds.
A balmy 20° greeted all comers including some regulars, two new volunteers, the Brumby family with some donations and a few bikes to tune plus plenty of newcomers with 12 bikes going out the door, 10 tune ups and 25 people through the yard, it was a busy day indeed!
Good thing Bernd was second chef along to help with a ute load of donations collected Saturday and Raf along later in the day to fit a rack to his bike.
Some late comers from two weeks ago, Milad,Hossein,Reza,Mostafo and Sayed that had a look at a few bikes at closing time were back in force today, five in number, and they were ready to take on a few challenges all required larger frame bikes and all quite happy to start their build from the frame up. Sayed was finishing a bike from two weeks ago. This weekend I think we raided every spares box and in true bike kitchen fashion, five great bikes were cooked up. Some strange combinations seem to work, a seven speed hub on a five-speed shift coupled with a three speed crank on what originally was two speed derailleur. The boys seemed happy to help each other out and with a flurry of tools and many hands the finished products were ridden home with smiles all round.
Zach a new volunteer on the day was thrown in the deep end with Ellen bringing in a barn fresh crusty old rust red classic complete with dynamo lighting system and was quite happy to spend the next two hours completely rebuilding it hubs, wheels, brakes, second-hand chain, cables second-hand grips and to my surprise the finished project rode out the door. I seriously thought it would take two weeks to build. Well done Zach & Ellen. Sorry I missed a photo of the finished product.
Over the last 3 weeks we have had a go at a stubborn hub with collapsed bearings – took the bull by the horns today, and with no suitable replacement wheel laced a new hub and the “wheel gods” were shining – trued up and back on to complete the repair on Sayed’s bike.
Warren dropped in to help – great help sorting for bits and help out – thanks
Geof also in to help and volunteer his time and expertise.
Shaadeh came in to adjust and finish of his bike with a few tyres required – how many puncture repairs did we do today? – all sorted and on the road again.
Elliot in for some bits to build a polo bike – sourced them all and build on the way.
Joel and his mate from Germany were in to build a bike but heading north so took there nearly complete projects home to finish – I think they are going to ride around Tassie on them!
We had Garry, Butler and Roland in building bikes but they were lost in the crowd so missed them on the way out!
Plenty of donations on the day – shoes, lights, gloves.
The Bike Kitchen is Alive and Kicking!