Yesterday I dropped off another bike at the Angel Centre to increase the size of their fleet of hire bikes to 9. The pink ladies mountain bike had been hanging around our bike racks at work for a few months and had never been locked up. I tried to ride it the mile or so to Chapel St but soon turned around and decided to transport it in the boot of my car as I was struggling for a number of reasons: Firstly the rear tyre was quite soft, secondly it had no rear brake and finally the back wheel was a bit warped and these 3 factors together made me think that I might be taking too many risks along the fairly busy Ordsall Lane. No wonder the bike had been abandoned. Scott gratefully received the bike at the Angel Centre in its less than roadworthy state. The bike would easily cost more to repair than it was worth but with Scott’s Aladdins cave of cycling goodies he wouldn’t have to pay for any parts and with a couple of hours work he would have an additional functioning bike.
I enquired after the 2 other bikes I have donated to them and Scott has been using my old Claude Butler to travel to meetings around the city. He had replaced the chain and rear cassette but on giving the bike a quick go I still found that the pedals spun around frighteningly when pushing off with full force. We thought it could be the 2 cogs in the derallieur mechanism as they look quite worn. Even better news was the fact that the Subway 8 has almost been restored: Scott fitted a replacement Nexus 8 hub and drum brakes (again from his container of goodies) and has just passed on the rear wheel to some more experienced mechanics at Bike It to true the wheel. I will pay it a visit when it is reassembled and back on the streets, I could even hire it out for old time’s sake!