10/21/18 Open lab log

10/21/18 (LEO, CONSUELO, ROMAN) Weather cool (50s) partly sunny We started the day off setting up inside, and then moved outdoors when after the sun warmed things up a bit. Things started off slowly until just after noontime.             Unidentified person came by and lubed chain. Candace stopped by with a child’s bike that needed a general light overhaul. This involved: Adjust handlebar and cables align and adjust brakes, fill tires, tighten chain, lube chain, lube brake cables. Special thanks to Candace for her very…

10/14/18 Open lab log

10/14/2018 (LEO, JENNIFER, ALAN) Weather: warm (70s) sunny Toni arrived with three kids and their bikes. Each bike needed some work. Toni, her kids, and a neighborhood friend were all a delight to work with. Fix flat, rotate handlebars, lube chain Fill tires, straighten handlebars Tighten brakes We had plenty of red lights to go around. With Mom making good on her promise of working bikes, the kids left on bikes all fixed up and ready to explore!

10/7/18 Open lab log

10/7/2018 (LEO, NATHAN) Weather: warm (70s) sunny Oops, no photos for you today, but it was another good day at the bike lab. Not too many people stopped by, but as always, it was great to work with every one. We LOVE welcoming kids to the bike lab. Christie and family were super-enthusiastic! Peter: Oil chain. Check stretch (result: chain at end of “good” zone) Christie: Raise handlebars, filled tires, centered front brakes. Checked seat height on 2 child’s bikes: raised on one. Interested in “bike rodeo” for elementary school:…

9/23/18 Open lab log

9/23/2018 (LEO, ALAN, CONSUELO) Weather: 60-69 degrees, Cool Name not recorded: Needed air in her tires and her kick stand adjusted. She took a picture and said she’d post it. Mike: Single speed bike where the chain popped. Seemed to be working now, though. Joe: Came in with a wobbly tire. Roman inspected it. Turns out the tired got hit and damaged the rim. Roman worked on it and improved it but the rim needs replacing. Toni’s family came in with a rear flat and a broken chain on 2…

9/16/18 Open lab log

SUN 9/16/18 (LEO, MARTHA, ALAN) Weather warm (80s) sunny Another great day at the bike lab, with lots of people out enjoying what weather forecasters dubbed the last real summery day of the year. Mikel: Mikel has been at the bike lab before, so it was great to see him come back with a new project. This time he brought a new rear shift cable to install. He wanted tool and process and guidance/verification. Was able to use the bike stand and tools, working mostly independently. The install went fine….

9/9/18 Open lab log

SUN 9/9/18 (LEO, ALAN, ROMAN, MARTHA) Weather cool (60s) cloudy We were sitting at the lab just watching the river flow by when a someone passed by on a fully loaded Surly. The rider was wearing a beach hat and crocs – as he passed by, Alan called out something like “Where are you headed?” The rider was already slowing down to come back and check us out. His name is Russell and he is A M A Z I N G – he’s been riding his bike around the…

9/2/18 Open lab log

SUN 9/2/18 (LEO, MARTHA) Weather Sunny 75 – 80 We’re excited that all our tools, stands, banner, etc., are now located in a single space inside the Charles River Museum. This week was our first time setting up and taking down from our new storage area – much more efficient! Stacy: Adjust right brake centering. Review lube and general maintenance. Anthony: General discussion of how to keep the bike clean. Rider from Boston: Use map to show route to Auburndale. Robin: Lube chain, Demonstrate and give pant leg wrap, Spoke…

8/26/18 Open lab log

SUN 8/26/18 (JENNIFER, LEO, MARTHA) Weather Sunny 75 Beautiful weather today. Lots of people out riding, including Lime Bikes from neighboring towns (Waltham will be online hopefully sometime soon), and plenty of miscellaneous issues to keep us busy at the bike lab. Richard: Use 15mm wheel nut wrench, Patch sidewall blowout with folded dollar bill, Patch leaking tube (used personal patch kit), Splice rim tape with band-aids. We think our work with Richard gets a Triple Innovation Award today. He used the Charles River to find the leak in his…

8/19/18 Open lab log

SUN 8/19/18 (NATHAN, LEO, WITH ASSIST FROM ROMAN) Location: outdoors Weather: Mixed clouds & sun 65-70 degrees, windy Much nicer weather this week following last week’s washout, though it was a bit windy. It was quite busy at opening, then seemed to slow down mid-day. Here are our notes: Chip: Increase rear derailleur cable length to get highest gear. Review issue with chain coming off largest (3 total) chainring when shifting from mid to large chainring while in highest (evidently second highest .. see cable adj above) gear. Front derailleur…

8/5 Open lab log

SUN 8/5/18 (LEO, MARTHA WITH ASSIST FROM ROMAN) Location: outdoors Weather: Hot hot! It got pretty busy this week, but lots of accomplishments after a difficult first encounter. Read on!     Father and 2 sons: One son’s bike needed air in tires. We let out air in one tire to straighten stem before adding air The bead had slipped out of the rim so when we filled the tire, the tube blew. It was a 20″ tire and we didn’t have a replacement tube. The boy and bike were…