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 – Mineral oil, Dot3 4, Dot5.1)
- 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 CRC 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.