Services and Q&A

 

Thanks to the hard work of the volunteers and the generosity of customers and bike shops around Sydney, the CRC acquired most of the tools used to tune, fix, and service a bike. Our volunteers can help you with:

  • Brakes: change and align brake-pads, adjust the cable tension … (NEW: bleed hydraulics)
  • Bottom Bracket: grease, change the ball bearings, cups, and axle, …
  • Derailleurs: replace and tune
  • Wheels: replace a missing spoke, service the hub, …
  • Tires and tubes: fix a puncture, change a tire, …
  • General: Saddle, handle bars, grips, bells, reflectors, racks,

At the CRC you can also grab a pre-loved frame to try building a bike from scratch. The guys at the bike store will help you select the right frame and parts for your stated use. In this journey, a minimum knowledge about bikes is required as the volunteers are there to help you not do it for you.

Given that many more bikes are being donated, the Bike Store is full every week, so we cannot store your project. When you have selected a frame, the first step is to put wheels on it so you can at least roll it home and bring it back the next time you visite.

Second hand bikes:

When a bike is donated that is so complete that giving it away is just too easy, we will ask for a moderate cash donation to either our ‘Tools and Consumables Fund’ or to help fund local community projects.

From time to time, we cull the Bike Store of rusty, damaged or unsafe frames and wheels – ones with a terminal illness, such as worn bottom bracket threads, frozen seat post, cracked frame, etc. These bikes are stripped of useable parts. Some adult frames are sent to “The Men’s Shed – Mary MacKillop Outreach Centre” where the rear triangle becomes a wheelchair or a moving trolley; the rest we send to the scrap metal people.

On a bit of a sad note, since we moved to Waterloo, we have noticed some people who seem to be building more than one bike for themselves (probably to on-sell for profit). This is not in the spirit of Bike Club and we are concerned that such unscrupulous behaviour undermines our efforts to achieve our goals and purpose. If you see this happening, please let one of the volunteers know.

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129 thoughts on “Services and Q&A

  1. Hi, I am looking to buy a Cycle for recreational purpose only, I am a supporter of recycling and reusing rather than buying new. I found this website from google, do you have bikes in good condition? If Yes, where can I find more details.
    Regards,
    Prasad

    1. Hi Prasad, We do have few second hand bikes. Please visit the workshop during the opening hours and see what we have. Our volunteers will be happy to assist you in selecting the right bike.

  2. Hi there,I don’t know much about your organization. There is something wrong with my brake. Can you fix it? Is this free or do you charge?

    1. Hi Sunny,
      We will be happy to help you fix your brakes. You can bring your bike on Monday and Wednesday from 5pm (We start packing up at 8pm).
      The service we provide is free but you are welcome to make a donation 🙂
      Note that we charge for new parts (e.g. new brake cables and pads).

  3. Hello, I want to do a mantainance for my bike, it is possible there with you? Do you sell tyres or something? Or I have to bring everything?

    1. Hi there,
      You are welcome to bring your bike for a service with us. We do have second hand parts which you can use for free. Best would be to visit the workshop and talk to the volunteers.
      Best,
      CRC

        1. Hi there, yes we do have second hand spokes (not for electric bike wheels). The workshop will open at 5pm.

    1. Hi Divij,
      We take anything that is bike related. You can drop your donation during the opening hours or get in touch with us through the contact tab to arrange a different time.
      Best,
      CRC

  4. We have 3 biked we would like to donate that are pretty much in immediate give-away condition (we’ve bought 3 new ones that we’re replacing these with). One of the new ones keeps getting a flat tyre and we think the frame may be biting into the tube. When we drop off the 3 donations on Monday, would it possible for someone to have a look at the other bike and give us an opinion on why it might keep getting a flat?
    Thanks, David

    1. Hi David,
      Thanks for dropping the bikes and I hope you figured out the problem with the flat tyre.

  5. Hello, 5/10 female with no bike experience looking to get a bike to commute to work. No idea where to start but a friend recommended you guys. Are you still running and when is the best time to pop down?

    1. Hi Grace,
      Please come to the workshop on opening hours (Monday and Wednesday, from 5pm to 8:30pm). We will be happy to provide you with advice and maybe you can ride back home with a bike. Don’t forget a helmet !
      Best,
      CRC

  6. I have a good quality Charge Mixer men’s bike that I’d like to donate before I move interstate. Should I just bring it along to one of your regular meet-ups? I also have a few tools, lubes etc. if you could use them.

    1. Hi Philip,

      It would be great if you could come either on Monday or Wednesday from 5pm to 8:30pm. We are happy to take whatever is bike related from you 🙂

      Cheers,
      CRC.

  7. Hello! I need to fix my bike, it need a shifter (right one, 6 speed) i have a new gear cable and pedals ( i bought the wrong size and i can donate it) is necessary to make an appointment or something? Cheers!!

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