Did you know theres lots of other DIY shops all over north america? its true! we spread like a good idea. Now and then, we gather in one place and exchange ideas, I just came back from a small regional gathering in Troy NY, and now im going to gush about how wonderful it was to be surrounded by other DIY-hard volunteers.
If youve had a great experience at any of TO’s DIY Shops, go and visit one next time youre in another city. Show them some love, they do it all for the same reasons. tell ‘em Sauce sent you
Bikesauce’s beloved Rachel Conduit and the Avro folks have a new bike-themed pub in Kensington Market.
It is called THE HANDLEBAR, and it is opening TONIGHT (Thursday Aug 2) at 8pm. you should come!
This Saturday, June 23rd Bike Sauce will be CLOSED because we are all going to the big event of the year: Bikefest!
-When: Saturday, June 23rd 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
-Where: the Distillery District
-What: we set up tents with stands and tools and fix people’s bikes for free, as the heart of a larger event
-Who: all Bike Sauce volunteers, of all mechanical skill levels
-Why: we like fixing bikes and this is the big event of the season
One of our Sauciers just made a a custom carbon fibre – aluminum bike.
The gist of it is:
1. You design your whacky bike on the computer. Print lugs using a low-end 3d printer, buy off the shelf aluminum tubing, snap them together like lego.
2. Now 3d print molds that fit closely around your lugs. use the molds to shape carbon fibre and epoxy around your first lugs and the tubing. Break off the molds, sand away the excess, and KAPOW! your own custom bike. No jigs, no welding, no expensive tooling, no experts.
Wrap your head around that last part. No tooling, no experts. You can go from a theoretical plan on a computer, and go straight to a performance bike frame, sure, it may be goofy looking, but you got a chance to prove your theory without a single skilled crafts person (sorry andrew). You did not have to worry about race-regulations, you wrote your own safety parameters, you did not have to worry about it selling well to the spandex crowd. You win.
It’s also worth noting that we are no longer in the realm of welding chopped up bikes together in the garage. Substitute aluminum tubes for carbon fibre, or titanium. Substitute semi-recumbent for a torpedo shaped prone bike. Suddenly, every regulation compliant, market viable, scientist approved, carbon fibre status symbol seems bogged down by the things you did not ask for.
So thanks Andrew Leinonen, and thanks for the instructable.
We sure hope you made it out and rode a few clicks in the beautiful sunshine on Sunday (how appropriate, eh?). Things are really going to start ramping up now that everyone has had a real taste of spring. In this week’s SauceWeekly…
1. Volunteer meeting Wednesday the 14th
2. Bon Voyage Catherine
3. Advocacy Updates
Continue reading Sauce Weekly: March 12th
WOW Today’s weather is AMAZING! We sure hope there is more of this on the horizon…Spring Fever here we come…
1. Bike Build Wednesdays continue
2. Volunteer meeting NEXT Wednesday
3. Advocacy Updates
Continue reading Sauce Weekly: March 7
Hey everyone! its time! its finally time! we will begin the renovations of the front room this weekend.We will be closed for feb 4t to the 6th so we can build freely and have the most volunteers come out and help.
which brings us to our next point:
COME HELP US RENOVATE!
this coming weekend we hope to be building a new front desk, as well as raising the floor for the social nook and starting to build the shelving for our new retail area.
if you have the ability to swing a hammer, carry things, or do supply runs for us. please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and prepare to come down to the shop any time that weekend.
We will be closed for the holidays from Wednesday December 21st – Wednesday January 4th. We hope everyone enjoys some time with friends and family.