07/14/19 Open lab log

07/14/19 (LEO, AL, MARTHA) Weather: Hot, sunny, 80’s Hot day today, but we decided to set up outside.  Not too much traffic, but most bikes that were brought in needed a fair amount of time and work to resolve issues. Name of visitor Reason for visit Action taken Notes Justin Gears,Bike check Derailleur install,Brake adjustment Rear derailleur all bent out of shape on a recently-acquired used bike. Lots of time working on it, eventually able to use. Also, brakes adjusted. Aaron Brakes Brake adjustment Needed tightening Hannah & Mike Chain…

07/07/19 Open lab log

07/07/19 (NATHAN, LEO, ROMAN, MARTHA) Weather: Hot, sunny, 80’s Not super-busy today, but lots of people out riding, and several stopping by with questions. The owner of the yellow Serotta in the photo has been happy with her bike for decades! Leo and Martha enjoyed talking with her while her companion worked with Nathan to look into a couple of issues. Leo and Martha used to know Ben Serotta way back in the day in Saratoga Springs, NY, where Ben ran a bike shop called – The Bike Shop –…

06/30/19 Open lab log

06/30/19 (LEO, ALAN, ROMAN, MARTHA) Weather: Cool, 70’s, rain in forecast Great day at the bike lab today. The threat of rain kept us indoors, but that didn’t people from coming out to learn how to keep their bikes running.           Non-stop action included: Name of visitor Reason for visit Action taken Marc Flat tire,Bike check New tube and/or tire,Chat about local biking resources and customs,Derailleur adjustment,Brake adjustment; Marc had emailed ahead, purchased new tire and tube. Claire Gears,Low tire pressure,Chain issue Derailleur adjustment,Pump up tire(s),Lube…

06/23/19 Open lab log

06/23/19 (LEO, MARTHA) Weather: Sunny, hot, 80’s Pretty busy time today, met a lot of fun people of all ages with all sorts of bikes and bike questions. Everyone is always super-enthusiastic about riding and what they’re learning when they stop by. Emmy had emailed ahead to ask what might be needed for a flat tire on a child’s bike, and arrived with a new tube of the right size. We tried patching it, but then learned there were other holes, and moved on to install a new tube. Both…

06/16/19 Open lab log

06/16/19 (LEO, ROMAN, MARTHA) Weather: Light rain, 70’s Not a very nice day outside today, but we have lots of great space indoors, and knew of at least two bikes headed our way.           Erin crashed into into a tree last fall (he was okay), and he wanted to check it over before riding it again.               Carol hadn’t used her bike in a while, and was pretty happy to stop by and get some help readying it for riding.…

06/09/19 Open lab log

06/09/19 (LEO, ALAN, MARTHA) Weather: Sunny, low 80’s Nice summer weather today, with a nice variety of issues to work on. See below for an overview. Name of visitor Reason for visit Action taken Chris and Kara Brakes Brake adjustment Ryan Low tire pressure Pump up tire(s) Unknown Gears Derailleur adjustment Jay Bike check Overall bike check, will be back Jacob Gears Other Paul from Malden Local biking guidance Chat about local biking resources and customs Cary Low tire pressure Pump up tire(s) Emily Chain issue,Lubrication Lube Laura Gears,Lubrication Derailleur…

06/02/19 Open lab log

06/02/19 (LEO, ALAN, MARTHA) Weather: Cool but sunny The cool morning weather got us off to a slow start, giving us time to set up our new sun tent and catch up with news from the winter months. Things got rolling into a busy day starting around 11. During the open lab, we gave out free swag from Bay State Bike Week, courtesy of MassBike. Here’s a quick summary:   Name of visitor Reason for visit Action taken Pamela Ride-by Chat about local biking resources and customs Father & daughter…

05/19/19 Open lab log

05/19/19 (LEO, MARTHA, ROMAN) Weather: Cool with showers We had lots of free swag from Mass Bike, and hauled in a nice new tent and weights for setting up in the sun, but an unexpected change in the forecast put a damper on our second attempt at holding an open lab during Bay State Bike Week. We set up indoors and were happy to see someone walking down the path with a bike and looking for the bike lab. Roger hadn’t ridden his bike in a little while, and wanted…

05/12/19 Open lab log

05/12/19 (NATHAN, LEO) Weather: Cold and rainy We were excited to be part of Bay State Bike Week by having two openings to celebrate, BUT – the weather just didn’t cooperate on our first weekend. We opened and set up indoors, working on a pesky crank issue on one of our own bikes. No one stopped by, and the chalkboard side of our sandwich board sign pretty much melted down, so we closed up early. Next week is looking like a much better day. Fingers and spokes crossed….

04/28/19 Open lab log

04/28/19 (LEO, MARTHA, ROMAN) Weather: Cool, some sun, then clouds and a few drops at 1:00 It was a very busy 2.5 hours before things slowed down just as the weather changed. Here is the summary: Name of visitor In a group of some kind? Reason for visit Action taken Marianne No New bike Marianne had built most of her new bike the previous day, and came to us for final adjustments and to check everything over: Brake adjustment,Pump up tire(s),Derailleur adjustment,Adjust fender(s) Eamon No Gears Derailleur install T No Wheel…