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Mobile Bicycle Repair Unit: July 7th, 2013, 3:30pm

Save the date! We’re heading back out to Santa Ana, Ca. on July 7th, 2013 at 3:30pm to help fix bicycles for the homeless. We’ve received a some great donations. It’s a mix of anonymous donations and some from our very own Jack Sweeney. We also received a monetary donation from one of our readers, Michael Jenkins. Thanks to Michael, we were able to purchase some much needed tools!

Mobile Bicycle Repair Unit Donations.

 

We also received this generous donation from our friend Mark L. of Planet Bike. Planet Bike is so awesome, they’re always taking care of us and our projects.

Big thanks to Planet Bike! They sent 7 saddles and a ton of lights!

So if you’re going to be in the SoCal area on July 7th, and would like to join us, hit us up by leaving a comment or email: info@bikecommuters.com.

Thanks again to all those who donated

Mobile Bicycle Repair Unit: How you can help

You may have read some of our previous articles about the Mobile Bicycle Repair Unit in the past few months.

We’ve received quite the response from our readers and fans who want to come out and help. As great it is to get volunteers, we also need donations of hard goods. The bicycles we service are in desperate need of the following:

Brake hardware: pads, cables, housing, ferrules,end caps

Shifter cables/housing, ferrules, end caps

Inner tubes: 26″ and 700c schrader valve (car valve type)

Lights:Front and rear bicycle lights

Locks: Combination, key and other types of locks are needed.

Now that you know what we need, here’s how you can get involved.

I own or work in a bike shop, how can I help?

If you’re a bike shop employee or owner, you can set aside any take off parts and one of us can swing by and pick up the parts from your shop.

I work for or own a Bicycle Related Parts/Accessories company, how can I help?

We would love to work with you! You can send us hard goods or even come out to one of our monthly events and help out. Let us know that you want to be part of it: info@bikecommuters.com

How to get us the stuff?

If you are not local to Orange County, Ca. you can ship out a box of donated good to our world HQ in Fullerton Ca. Please send us an email: info@bikecommuters.com with a subject title of “Donations” and we’ll provide you an address to send the items to. But if you are near Fullerton, Ca. we can arrange one of our representatives to pick up your donated goods from your shop, office or home.

Can I send money as a donation?

Yes you can! We would be happy to accept monetary donations through our PayPal account: info@bikecommuters.com. With the money, we can purchase these hard goods from various vendors we currently work with so we can get the best pricing.

That’s about it, again, any type of help we can get would be appreciated. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us by email or by comment.

Mobile Bicycle Repair Unit: Five Guys with Big Hearts

This past Sunday afternoon I assembled another team of guys to join me in Santa Ana, Ca. to help fix bicycles for the homeless. This was my third outing fixing bicycles and it seems like the word is spreading in the local community. Every time I do show up, more and more people are bringing their bikes to be serviced. I was privileged to be joined by some great guys. You may recognize the name Moe Ramirez (The Moe); he was one of the original co-founders of BikeCommuters.com, along with our friend Gabe Preda and two of our fine readers, David Peckham and Andrew Li.

We met up at 3:30pm and set up shop. Once the locals found out that we were there, they all started showing up. We tried to work as fast as we could to address all the issues, but honestly, at a certain point, it got overwhelming. Most of these bikes are in so much disrepair that most of us here would either replace the whole bike or donate it to Goodwill. But for the folks there, this was their livelihood. Notice Dave on the left side of the photo. He put in some great effort on this beach cruiser that belonged to “Girl-Tony.” Though this bike looks pretty, it came to us with a loose bottom bracket, brakes not working, bent derailleur hanger and it wasn’t shifting. Girl-Tony got her name because there are 3 other people named Tony, but she was the only girl named Tony.

This was at the beginning. Later on a large line had formed. I lost count of how my bicycles we serviced.

The repairs ranged from basic derailleur adjustments to full over-hauls. The most common problem we saw were non-working brakes. Either their pads were so worn out they couldn’t stop or their cables were frayed and broken. One of the guys we helped was telling us the that he was doored by a car which damaged his shifter and brakes. Due to the fact he didn’t have brakes, he got a ticket for it. So I made sure I installed a new shifter cable since it was damaged from the crash as well as adjusted his brakes.

Here’s Moe dealing with and old shifter housing problem:

One of the more common problems we had: shifter cables and housing that needed to be replaced.

Gabe and Andrew working together to replace cables. Notice Andrew’s DIY workstand. We’re hoping he can do a small write up on how he made it. That stand worked like a charm!

The team ended up working on so many bikes that when it was time to go, we couldn’t leave because there was still a long line of folks waiting for help. We cranked out a few more repairs and had to call it a day. Once again the locals appreciated it and we kept getting compliments, hand shakes and even “God bless you!”

From left to right: David Peckham, Gabe Preda, Moe Ramirez, RL Policar and Andrew Li.

It certainly a service that is much needed and we’re very grateful to be able to provide it. Our next scheduled event is on July 7th. We could sure use more help. All we ask is you bring a work stand, basic tools and a desire to help. We could also use some donations in the form of hard goods. From brake pads to brake/shifter cable/housing, tubes, tires, lubes, degreasers and any old bicycle parts you may not be using. You can either ship them to the BikeCommuters.com World HQ or if you’re local to Orange County, Ca., I can pick it up from you.

I do want to thank the guys that came to help. I really appreciate the heart and willingness to help out. One thing I do believe is that God has blessed me with the skill to fix bicycles and it’s my way of giving back to those who need the help. I hope our team of Mechanics can grow in the future and if you’re a Jr. High/High School student that needs community service hours, come out and help — I’ll sign off on your forms.