Orientation for First Time Volunteers
- We serve the community while teaching the art of bicycle repair
- You are working at your own risk. If you’re not sure it is safe, don’t do it! Talk to an organizer if you are unsure.
- First aid kit located inside the breakroom - we hope it is not needed. In 20 years, we’ve never needed more than a band-aid.
- If you plan to work outside, wear sunblock - sunburn is our most common injury
- Hydrate - note filtered water in the break room
- Bathrooms - located upstairs in the mezzanine; ADA toilet inside the fence.
- Gloves (optional) - located on the top of the parts cart
- Smocks (optional) - loaner aprons are hanging up, where?
Help us with our workday
- We need one person for food pickup, please see the front desk. You’ll need to take donations, order and head out at 11:15.
- We have tasks in addition to bike repair which include patching tubes and tearing down bikes.
Bikes Repair and Quality Assurance Procedure
- We use the many eyeballs approach to finding what’s wrong and getting it fixed. Bikes come needing every imaginable repair. Refer to our 18 point checklist.
- We’re not only here to fix bicycles, we’re here to learn from each other. We intend for every apprentice to learn something new about bike repair. Stop to ask questions or offer advice.
- Step 1: Take projects only from the Project Area. Try to select a project that matches your skill level.
- Step 2: After completing all checklist items, you can try to obtain the coveted fluorescent green tag from one of our yellow-vest-wearing pre-qualification inspectors. Most bikes don’t pass the first time; but don’t be discouraged. That’s how we learn.
- Step 3: Once your bike passes, place your bike in the QA Area.
- Note: Only our quality assurance staff can place bikes in the completed bike room. If you park your own bike here, it may get donated.
- Most of our tools are on the tool cart. If you can’t find something... even if you only imagine that there might be a better way to do something, ask; you might be surprised what is available.
- Be aware that other people besides you might need the same tool. Return tools promptly when you are done using them - even if your project is not complete.
- We have a lot of parts - some are located right at the work benches, some are on the parts cart. Other parts are inside the workshop on the shelves
- Broken parts can have their metal pieces recycled.
- Worn out tires and unpatchable tubes can go in the cardboard box by the tire rack for recycling
- If you cannot find something, we may be out of stock. Be sure to tell us so that we can order more parts. You’ll be doing us a favor.
- Scrap metal goes into the blue bin
- Do not put unusable parts in our parts bins; if you’re not sure where something should go, ask!
If you have not signed in, you can scan the QR code to sign in electronically. Paper forms are available as a backup. Be sure to make yourself a name tag.
The Buddy System:
We encourage people to team up. The best is when people self-identify by role. If you have even minimal bike repair experience or more and would like to work with someone today, please make yourself known during orientation. Everybody else who would like to work with someone please identify yourselves at orientation as well. We’ll do our best to get everyone teamed up for an enjoyable and productive workday.