July by the numbers

July brought us some wicked hot weather, forcing us indoors a couple of times to escape the heat. As in June, some people are return visitors, working on new or extended issues over multiple visits. Our voluntary donations were down, only $40 this month compared with $151 in June. Donations are used so that we can be sure to keep up our supply of consumable supplies such as chain lube, grease, and a small supply of parts. Please let us know if you are interested in helping out! Open hours:…

June by the numbers

Our first full month this season was off to a great start! Because of our great new indoor space, we’re able to keep working even when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Some people are return visitors, working on new or extended issues over multiple visits. Please let us know if you are interested in helping out! Open hours: 17.5 Volunteer open lab hours: 49 Encounters (an encounter is often multiple people, friends, family, a cycling group): 36 Issues worked on during these encounters: 55 Donations for tools and supplies: $151

Spring 2019 dates announced

Happy Spring, everyone! We hope you’ll excuse the terrible pun, but we’re gearing up for our 2019 season and have some dates to share with you. In April and May, we’ll be open from 10:30am – 2:00pm on the following Sundays: April 14 & 28 May 12 & 19 – both ends of Bay State Bike week! After that, we start our weekly schedule, June through October. There are a couple of exceptions due to private events at the Museum that will be seen on our schedule, so check here…

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…

9/3 East Coast River Relay and open lab

We were honored to be a stop on the East Coast Greenway Alliance’s East Coast River Relay on September 3. The East Coast River Relay is the 25th anniversary of East Coast Greenway Alliance. For 10 weeks, events are being held in communities all along the East Coast Greenway to celebrate healthy watersheds, active living, and local culture. We partnered with the East Coast Greenway Alliance, The Waltham Land Trust, the Charles River Watershed Association, and our host organization, the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. Here was the day’s schedule: 10:30 –…

7/23/17 Cooper Street fire!

Sun 7/23 Due to the massive fire at the Cooper Street  development directly across the river from our location, the Museum and the Bike Lab were closed on July 23. The fire has since been declared arson by the Waltham Fire Department. Here is the July 23 statement from the Museum: IMPORTANT: The Charles River Museum will be CLOSED TODAY due to the ongoing situation with the fire across the river from our location. Additionally, there will be no Watch City Bike Lab today. We urge everyone to stay clear of the area…

6/4/17: Summer season begins

 6/4/17 (Nicole, Haink, Roman) In the summer months, we try to be open every Sunday. June 4 was the first of our weekly openings, and it was a BUSY, busy time, one of the busiest Open Labs we’ve ever done. Luckily, one of our regular drop-ins stopped by and turned a few wrenches with us during the madness. Here’s a summary of the day’s encounters: Brandeis student came in with wobbly front wheel – opened up front hub, added grease to bearing balls, re-adjusted bearing preload, and re-assembled. Big improvement! Our…

Road trip to Bike! Bike! Southeast

Bike!Bike! is an annual international conference organized by and for community bicycle projects. This conference is a space for participants from shops and related advocacy groups to converge in a different city each year over a 4 day period to have workshops and strengthen our social network. The annual Bike!Bike! conference is hosted in a different city each year; regional Bike!Bike!s can take place at any time, in any location. A regional gathering took place on March 16-19 in Alexandria, VA, hosted by the awesome folks at VéloCity Bicycle Cooperative….