7/29 Open lab log

SUN 7/29/18 (NICOLE, HAINK) Location: outdoors Weather: hot and sunny Here are this week’s tasks completed per bicycle: – adjusted brakes – severe chain suck; chain had double-backed on itself and was wedged between frame and small chainring; ended up removing crank to untangle; also adjusted brakes; will return to learn how to replace brake pads – full cable and housing swap for both brakes and derailleurs; donated leftover housing – racing bike consultation – creaky bike eval – likely due to surface rust on all drivetrain parts – bike…

7/15/18 Open lab log

SUN 7/15/18 (LEO, MARTHA) Location: outdoors Weather: hot and sunny (93 degrees) Was it the hot weather or the World Cup that kept the number of visitors low today? Not sure, but we did have a few encounters. Here’s the summary: Amy: Amy brought her bike in after not having ridden it in a while. The bike was missing its rear wheel quick-release skewer. Martha made a quick ride home to pick one up that had been donated to us a few weeks ago. It’s alittle short, but works for…

7/8/18 Open lab log

SUN 7/8/18 (LEO, JENNIFER) Location: outdoors Weather: Hot & Sunny (95 deg) Location: outdoors Weather: Sunny (85 deg) Notes: other volunteer – Roman Another hot day today, but a steady stream of riders came by with various issues. Andrew: Lube chain Such: Lube rusty chain, adjust and lube brakes, pump tires. On rear derailleur, clean rust and cable tension adjustment Ralph: Adjust rear derailleur and brakes Doug: This one wins today’s prize for the weirdest problem! Doug’s bike had significant corrosion from travel in the Florida auto train (was it…

7/1/18 Open lab log

SUN 7/1/18 (LEO) Location:   outdoors Weather: Hot & Sunny (95 deg) Wicked hot day today! Here’s a summary of what we worked on: Colleen: Seat height adjustment. Andrew: Front Brake centering (nice side pull). Richard: General inspection: adj. brakes & derailleur-stop, oil chain Man (didn’t get name): recover braking w/ very worn brake pads (need to be replaced) Jim: Used stand & tools & occasional 3rd hand to replace shocked forks Alex(andra): Pump up front tire, Rear brake hard to apply & wouldn’t release: lube cable and loosen lock nut…

6/24/18 Open lab log

SUN 6/24/18 (LEO, ROMAN) Location:   outdoors Weather:  cloudy, low 70’s Kind of raw weather today, but that didn’t stop people from being out and about on their bikes. Many thanks to Roman for dropping by again and helping out! Always a pleasure to have him volunteer with us. Justin – air in tires, adjust both brakes. On rear brake, missing one screw – adjusted ok for now, but need to get a replacement screw.   William – air in both tires Teresa – air in both tires Lorraine – clean…

6/18/18 Open lab log

SUN 6/17/18 (LEO, MARTHA) Location:  outdoors Weather: sunny, hot Notes: other volunteer – Roman; We need more chain lube. A couple of longer projects today, as well as several quick in-and-outs. Beth – interested in doing some bike maintenance workshops at Watertown High. We talked about possible resources for that, including ourselves and CommonWheels in Allston. She’ll be in touch. Dennis stopped by looking for a rear shift cable ferrule, which we had and he installed. Donna came by to get some basic information about the bike lab. She plans…

6/10/18 Open lab log

SUN 6/10/18 (JENNIFER, LEO) Location:  outdoors Weather: 70’s, sunny Beautiful weather today! This is the start of our weekly opening season – we aim to be open every Sunday through October. We’re open rain or shine, but last minute changes can always happen, and we will always try to update you via our website and social media (Twitter and Facebook). Here’s the recap for June 10: Man’s bike needed front V-brake adjustment Man’s bike with recurring flat on inside of tube. Gave advice to check rim tape. Another person’s bike…

5/20 Open lab log

SUN 5/20/18 (LEO, MARTHA) Location:  outdoors Weather: 70-80 degrees, mixed sun and clouds It was another back-to-back busy day at the bike lab today, the second Sunday and final day of Bay State Bike Week.  Here’s the run-down: Bob – fix slow leak on rear tire. Mela – raise seat, fill tires. Eden – head set plastic debris gasket was squeaky – fixed with small amount of oil. Roxanne – front brake rubbing – wheel was out of true, with one spoke quite loose. Fixed. Difficult to reach brake levers…

5/13 Open lab log

SUN 5/13/18 (JENNIFER, NICOLE, CONSUELO) Location:  outside Weather: 50-55 degrees, cloudy This was the first Sunday of the Bay State Bike Week. It was a little chilly today, but still plenty of people rolled by with miscellaneous issues: Air in tires for 2 bikes. Gears adjustment for 3 bikes. Squeaky brakes fix for 2 bikes. Front derailleur replacement for 1 bike. Brake cable housing lube for 3 bikes We were pleased to be joined by Adam S., who has indicated interest in volunteering with us at some future bike labs….

New season opens at Watch City Bike Lab

Our 2018 season kicked off with an opening on April 22, Earth Day.  The weather cooperated and volunteers on hand that week report a busy time. It’s great to see everyone out on their bikes! We also held two open labs in May, on the 13th and the 20th. Both were quite busy. Apologies to those who came at 2:00 on the 20th – our bad! We incorrectly posted the end time as 2:30…  we hope to see you on June 10 when we expect to be open next. Open…