After shuffling our current volunteer pool around a bit, it seems that we’ll manage to open on thursdays again from this one, 10th July.
We always need more volunteers as it does get very busy, especially this time of year! The thursday shift is the longest, running from 14:00 til 20:00, so even if you can only offer half a shift’s worth of time, it would definitely be very helpful, regardless of which day, but preferably a slot to which you can commit on a weekly basis, as it makes it a lot easier to organise a rota around. We are a fully volunteer-run collective, and as such, don’t have any volunteer co-ordinator, etc..
Wed 15:00 – 19:00
Thu 14:00 – 20:00
Fri 15:00 – 19:00
Sat 14:00 – 18:00
This is the first installment of our interview project on independent bike projects. L of the bikespace has been interviewing some of London’s independent bike mechanics, and different independent bike spaces/people/projects during her summer travels in the US of A.
Jon of Old Street Bikes (formerly known as Ganesha Cycles) talks about his racing past, working solo, constructing a bicycle, philosophy of riding and fixing a bike, changes in London, recommended rides and bike shops/mechanics, and he shows us some of his sweet refurbished bikes — check out the rim with the floating sprocket! His business is mainly out of his house in Whitechapel where he has up to 100 bikes! He also sells bikes at bike jumbles and the like around London.
“Really, I try and put bikes back to how they were when built. So I try and keep my original parts, and if I can I’ll improve them. So maybe I’ve got a ’30’s bike, maybe I’ll improve it by taking off the rod brakes and putting on a ’50’s drum brake. So a certain bike which would have been updated in the ’50’s, it’s a better bike than it was. That’s what I try and do; I try and either improve bikes or put them back.”
Jon can be contacted at 07five7218zero815 and operates out of 34 Mount Terrace E1 2BB.