Don now has his multi-tool back!. People might remember a few weeks back, he lent it to someone at an education evening, and the “borrower” chose not to return it, even when asked. However two weeks ago it turned up - the worse for wear - in a box of spares. To the guy who took it - as the tool had been well used when you returned it - it's fairly clear you didn't just 'forget' to hand it back earlier. Not impressed. But let's leave it at that.
Currently the workshop is getting 8-12 tasks per week from visitors, enough, to keep the 4-5 regular volunteers busy, on Saturday mornings. Popular requests : use tools; broken spokes/wheel trueing; tighten wheel cones; gear adjustments; secondhand parts; restoration; bike sales.
Funding: the Workshop does need some cash to keep going. There is no on going funding from government, grants, or any cycling organisations. For the time being, we rely on donations; sales of parts; people who got help, being willing to give a bit back. Over the first 10 months, these averaged $10-$15 a week. Enough – just? – to cover running costs, but not for expanding our stock of equipment; or replacing broken/missing tools.
Just a reminder - if you cycle, you’re part of the Adelaide cycling community, and the Workshop is there to help you, when you need. If you got help - we have a donations box, it's by the Cycling Kangaroo. All donations welcome, large or small...
challenging bike No. 1. One Avanti, Steve kindly serviced for “Bikes for Refugees” - came up well, except for the front derallieur, would not change smoothly without chain rattle. On close inspection – the rattly noise turned out to be the derallieur cage (not chain) against the teeth of the large cog! Either the derallieur was set too low. Or the cog was too large. Most derallieurs clamp onto the frame and one can adjust the height; however this one was fixed in a different way and could not be raised. A good bit of filing, thinned it down to give clearance; and the gears now change, somewhat better.
Challenging bike No 2: Visitors are invited to take a gander at the Marin mountain bike in the workshop - unusual seat post construction, unusual arrangements for fixing the seat post at its required height. Bike needs a little work to restore to usual standards, all ideas welcome.
Recent crowd-sourcing of folding chairs, to make tool tables we can use outside - good response – will be good, as we can then keep tools off the floor, keep them tidy, and at a better height for working. Thanks Don, Rickos, and Clive.
Next Saturday, 9th , June long week end : open as usual, 9 am to 12 noon.