This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in tool care.
Bikes are like cars that don't use gas/diesel. Let's make one! First you need to borrow one or get a ride to Freecycles, located at 732 S. 1st St. West, Missoula, MT. Then you need to take their BikeWell class (about an hour) and volunteer for 4 hours. After that, they'll help you build a bike from their mountain of parts.
There is a program where I live that builds, repairs, and maintains bikes for community use. It is called Green Apple Bikes (GAB). If I were to build a bike for this program, could that count towards the tool care badge? I will be attending the pep1 workshop but there are others in my family who want the tool care badge but won't be able to make it to Montana.
Today we went to Freecycles to volunteer and fix up a bike to take back to basecamp. We cleaned up and organized their warehouse in the morning and picked out a bike and worked on it in the afternoon. Each bike was in differing states of disrepair and I picked one that looked good. Soon I figured out that I wasn't the first person to pick it. The seat was very high and the post was seized in the tube and coudn't be budged. Back to the warehouse for a better candidate.
For my repair I worked on a Trek Antelope mountain bike. The biggest issue it had was a broken shifter on the right handle bar. I tried valiantly to get it open to loosen up the pawls inside but it was unopenable. So it was removed and I found a simpler replacement in the "bike forest" out back. I replaced the cable for the shifter as well. A few adjustments to deraileurs, some lube and air in the tires and she was ready to roll.
The fuzzy middle picture is of the junkyard shifter with my bike in the background.
"Hundreds of years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in or the type of car I drove... But the world may be different because I did something so bafflingly crazy that it becomes a tourist destination"
I went to Freecycles with the group at the 2019 PEP1 event. We spent the morning doing some volunteer work. In the afternoon I got to pick a bike to repair. I was able to loosen up some sticking brake arms, tune up the gear shifters, and replace cog 7 on the rear wheel because it had some bent teeth that was causing the chain to skip.