Site Proposal: New catagory for amatuer bike fixers

The Custom Bike catagory of this site does not seem relevent to the everyday bike maintenance issues that complicate my life. If this town has a handfull of peddlers like myself, a catagory for ‘Parts and Maintenance’ could be more than helpful.

For example: In recent months it seems i’ve bought out all of SLO’s cheap 6-speed index shifters, but they keep breaking, so i want more. Every other abandoned bike i find in this town has a well-working example of this shifter. So, it’s reasonable to think that somebody reading this site owns a small supply of these parts that they are willing to trade for sex, or something.

Our streets and our sheds are littered with discontinued bike parts that our stores don’t easily supply. Maybe this site could get the useful parts moving.

Maintanence Q&A would be another great attraction (to me!). Let’s converse.

And, if the web gods like this idea, there may be no good reason to even keep this post posted.


  1. Bikesarehappening said,

    June 5, 2006 @ 5:32 pm

    Does this mean that we are getting a Bike Kitchen in our town? Some central location where we can all come and exchange bike parts, lies and work on our parade bikes and other misfittings?

  2. Yardsale said,

    June 6, 2006 @ 12:44 pm

    A catagory for Parts and Maintenance? Not sure that would work well since there will only be a limited number of authors for this blog. How would someone post what they need?

    Hmmmmmmm, how about a link to some common site that already exists, like say,

    That could be done. Our own little internet bike kitchen. Unless of course someone is willing to store a couple hundred parts bikes at their house. Not me.

  3. Broken BOner said,

    June 7, 2006 @ 6:03 pm

    Yardsale said, “How would someone post what they need?”

    Bo answers:

    Perhaps they could use the comment strings, like we are doing right now. I’ll admit the idea is half-baked, but there is not much to lose.

    The link to CraigsList seems like a swell idea. I havn’t had any success with Craig, but i’ll start messing around with it more.

    I’ve never run into one of these mythical “bike kitchens.” Idealists never stop talking about them, but, i’ll believe it when i see it. Even if one exists somewhere in San Francisco, i’m not going to pretend that it could work in Small Luis Obispo. Maybe the concept is over my head.

  4. Mayhem said,

    June 9, 2006 @ 9:57 am

    Categories are free. If it doesn’t get used, we nuke it. I created said category — lets see how it gets used!

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