BikeCommuters.com

Tag Archive: mobile bicycle repair

Mobile Bicycle Repair Unit-Back in Action!

It’s been a few months since we’ve been out fixing bicycles for the homeless community of Santa Ana. It wasn’t until I received an email from our resident Doctor-Biker, Doc Li asking when the next event would be. After some calendar checking and asking our wives which date would work, we headed out to Civic Center and Ross in Santa Ana, Ca.

The weather was a crazy hot, 95 degrees with about 50% humidity. Needless to say it was we were sweating before we even did anything. I loaded up my mini van with all the tools and parts that we received from our various sponsors such as Two Wheels One Planet of Costa Mesa, Planet Bike and Freedom by WTB. We also had received a cash donation from our favorite Cop, Officer Ben, which allowed us to purchase additional hard goods for the event.

mobile bicycle repair by bikecommuters.com

Locked and loaded with parts, tools and water to pass out to the homeless…it was a hot day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On our way out!

The Moe and RL. These are the two Original Founders of BikeCommuters.com

The Moe and RL. These are the two Original Founders of BikeCommuters.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upon arrival, we immediately got set up. We had our EZ-UP to shield us from the sun, had our two work stands ready, got the tools out. As soon as we were ready, things got busy. Word quickly spreads in the community that we are providing FREE BICYCLE REPAIR SERVICES.Doc Li is our most loyal volunteer. He's ALWAYS available when set up these events. We're really grateful for his help.Doc Li is our most loyal volunteer. He’s ALWAYS available when set up these events. We’re really grateful for his help. The Moe is a major asset in our efforts because he is our translator. 70% of our “customers” speak Spanish, so he makes it easier to communicate with them. There have been times when I didn’t have a translator with me and that proved to be difficult. Giving back to the community. Giving back to the community is always rewarding. Even though our volunteer count was low this time, we did manage to help out at least 20 bicycles. The most common issues we see and this is where Two Wheels One Planet helped us out with are brake pads.They donated a good amount of pads for the cause. Almost ALL of the bicycles we fixed had some sort of braking issue. Some of them didn’t even have any brakes! With that in mind we replaced cables, housing and brake pads. We also made sure that all the bicycles had a well lubed drive train.

As we’re working away there was a gentleman who was just standing watching us. He started asking questions why we were out there, and if we were affiliated with any religious organization. So I briefly gave him our back story that at one point in time, I was coming out there to help feed the homeless with my church, but once I saw there were so many bicycles, I knew this was a greater need that needed to be addressed. With the help of various corporate sponsors and generous individuals, we’ve managed to keep this initiative going strong for a couple of years now. He was pretty impressed on what we were doing and thanked us for providing this service. I told him it’s the least we can do, we’ve been blessed with the ability to fix bicycles, we’re pretty good at it, so we might as well use our talents to serve others.

If you’re interested in taking part of our next event by either volunteering, donating hard goods or funds, feel free to reach out to us: info@bikecommuters.com

Let’s fix some bicycles for the less fortunate!

Save the date! September 27th, 2015 at 3pm. We’ll be meeting at Civic Center and Ross in Santa Ana, Ca. We’d love for you to join us, if you can’t we could use your donations. We typically need inner tubes, brake pads, tires and cash. We take cash donations to simply buy the items we will need. Feel free to send a cash donation to our Paypal account: info@bikecommuters.com

Thank you!

BikeCommuters.com Staff

BIKE REPAIR SEPT 27TH copy

Mobile Bicycle Repair Unit: Helping again

Just this past Sunday we gathered some volunteers to help out with the Mobile Bicycle Repair Unit. We had a mix of mountain bikers and bike commuters.

We had a total of 4 work stations.

From left to right, Andrew C., Seth, and Jon A. Sometimes repairs were a team effort.

Officer Ben was on site to help out. He was our translator for the day.
Officer Ben.

We welcome volunteers of all ages. This is Little Andrew C. He was very helpful in doing whatever we needed him to do. From lubing chains, to pumping tires, he would put in 100% for each task. In fact, he was showing Gabe Thunda how it’s done. This is actually Gabe’s second time coming out; he’s got a great heart in wanting to serve. Much like Andrew C., he puts so much effort into any task given to him.

One of our other young volunteers is Joey H. Though he hasn’t had much experience in working on bicycles, he was out there willing to learn and to serve.

Andrew “Doc” Li (wearing bandana) was there again. We call him Doc for the mere fact that he’s a real life Doctor. I really should ask him about a clicking sound that my jaw makes while I’m eating… Doc is working on a rear wheel that belonged to the gentleman on the left of the photo.
doc li

This is Super Dan, He’s part of the MtnBikeRiders.com Race Team.

One of the services we do provide is wheel truing. The story behind this wheel is the owner said that someone inadvertently locked his bike at a rack. So he kept pulling and yanking on his bike to see if he could break the lock free. He did, but it messed up his rear wheel. When he came to us, the rear wheel was pretty bad. But I was able to true it enough where he could safely use his rear brakes.

Little Andrew showing the tires and tubes we replaced that day.

By the end of the day we had serviced quite a few bicycles. The most common repairs remain to be brake pads, chain lube and cables. I can’t even recall how many bikes we replaced shifter/brake cable and housing. So all those donations we received — from anonymous sources to the ones that were donated by people/companies we know — thank you! Your donations helped tremendously. We’re hoping to get more items like brake pads, tubes, some chemicals and possibly a new work stand.

I know that we have the manpower each time with ample amount of volunteers, but we just need more support via monetary donations and hard goods. There are several ways you can help and I’ve written a guide showing you how to do so: Help Mobile Bicycle Repair.

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.