February 13, 2006
Tonight I taught a 16-Year old how to rebuild a bottom bracket
Tonight was really cool. Yeah we got some stuff done at the bike shop, but the coolest part was helping a local youth work on a bike. I taught him how to take apart and service an old single-piece crank bottom bracket. He was doing a great job until he had to leave at 8. He was excited to come back on Wednesday and put it all back together. I told him I'd wait for him to come back before finishing it so he could do the work. So as soon as he left for the night I bagged up all of the parts and attached them to the bike.
In the six months I've known this boy, I have never seen him work on a bike. I decided tonight was a good night to change that. He loves bikes and loves hanging out at the bikeshop. Now he's cookin'! The bike we are working on is an old Hawthorn three speed that a customer and volunteer brought in. It's an exciting project and learning tool, because it's and old bike and we have a lot of old bikes that need work. And it's exciting because I got a new guy involved in fixing up bikes, which is what he wanted to do in the first place.
So it's all good and a bike is getting fixed.
Posted by carl1236 at February 13, 2006 10:15 PM | Bicycles