now that is something I'd like to be able to turn on, when I'm at the head of the traffic lights, and the lights go green..…Continue
Anyone else see it, p. 57?Calvin: "Hey Dad, I'm doing a road safety poster. Any ideas for a slogan?"Calvin's Dad (in cycling gear): "Sure! Cyclists have a right to the road too, you noisy,…Continue
A UK report, suggests the next thing after lycra, will be a fabric based on...wait for it... fish slime.On fish, fish slime is great for reducing resistance ( look how fast fish swim through water).…Continue
Ride for Pain - UniSA - is again running the Corkscrew Challenge: they measure your power/weight ratio as you ride up the Corkscrew, and if you top the list, they give you a prize.Such a prize seems…Continue
Been a while since I posted, lots going on.
The bikes we sent to Pipalyatjara got there, and also the Workshop has supported 2 more Bring & Fix sessions .. each a story in itself deserving a fuller post. In the meantime, ...things are busy at Plympton
Bikes for Refugees – high demand from the organisations that work with refugees; backlog 15 orders;…Continue
1. Don Nairn – founder volunteer. Don’s been a familiar presence at the Workshop since it opened. He recently changed jobs and can no longer make Saturday mornings. Many of you will remember Don: patiently explaining bike repairs; giving courses on punctures or gears; helping people choose bikes; etc. He was there virtually every Saturday, and did a lot during the first year to get the workshop off to a good start. He came up with ideas for generating an income stream, from…Continue
“Bikes for Refugees” now works to order. Donated bikes are stored ‘as is’. When an organisation working with refugees needs a bike for someone – they phone me to place an order. I then see what’s in stock, and get it ready for them.
This works OK for small orders of 1-2 bikes. We can usually do those during the regular Saturday morning session. But a few weeks back the Australian Refugee Association (ARA) placed a large order - 15 bikes. For 1 person that's 25 hours work,. I…Continue
Contributions to the Workshop! We usually hope visitors will drop a coin or two in the Donations Box – however on Saturday we were amply recompensed, by a contribution of music instead! One visitor brought a friend, who spotted the piano at Plympton hall, and immediately sat down to play. He said he hadn’t had the chance for years. So while our visitor cleaned & re-lubricated his wheel back axle - and the rest of us fixed tyres and wheels – we had skilful…Continue