It's great to dumpster dive bicycles and bicycle parts. In many cities you can find bicycle work shops where you can fix a broken bike found in the trash, and there will always be people who would be happy to get bike parts.
Most junk bicycles that are found are unrideable in some way or another. It is imperative to repair said found bikes or all that one has is a worthless piece of scrap. If one has the appropriate resources at his or her disposal, choose from the methods below.
A one or two part epoxy glue is applicable when fixing small (mostly plastic) pieces. A Two part epoxy is preferable to a one part epoxy. The epoxy can be obtained by dumpster diving or by conventional means. Some people throw away full or half full tubes assuming that they are unusable because they are only half set.
There are many methods of welding available. Questions one must ask themself include:
- Do you have the equipment?
- Do you have experience?
- Is it safe, given the circumstances?
Types Gas Welding Also known as Oxy/Acetylene or Oxy/Fuel welding, this method of welding can yield good results if done well. Caution: This method of welding uses acetylene, an explosive gas, thus making it highly dangerous.
Community Bicycle Workshops
- Bike Root, Calgary, Canada
- Mile End Bike Garage, Montréal, Canada
- The Bicycle Kitchen, Los Angeles, California
- The Bike Oven, Los Angeles, California
- The Bikerowave, Mar Vista, California
- Sacramento Bike Kitchen, Sacramento, California
- San Francisco Bike Kitchen, San Francisco, California
- Bozeman Bike Kitchen, Bozeman, Montana
- Bike Kitchen, Wien (Vienna), Austria
- Le Vieux Biclou, Montpellier, France
- uN p’Tit véLo dAnS La Tête, Grenoble, France
- Bike Kitchen North East, Berlin, Germany
- RADikate, Marburg, Germany
- Ciclofficine, Roma, Italy
- Fietsenwerkplaats Smerig, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Doe-het-zelf Werkplaats, Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Crank, Brighton, UK
- Bristol Bike Project, Bristol, UK
- 56a Bikeroom, London, UK
- The London Bike Kitchen, London, UK
- Sheffield Cycle Boost, Sheffield, UK
- Adelaide Bike Kitchen, Adelaide
- Strong Bearings Bike Shed @ Turnstyle, Brisbane
- Hobart Bike Kitchen, Hobart
- The Bike Shed @ CERES, Melbourne
- Cycle Re-Cycle Club, Sydney
- UNSW Bike Club Workshop Sydney
- R.A.D Bikes, Christchurch (central)
- ICEcycles, Christchurch
- Tumeke Cycle Space, Auckland
- The Crooked Spoke, Dunedin
- Mechanical Tempest, Wellington
- RNZ, Radio New Zealand programme on community bike workshops in NZ
- Cycling in Christchurch, New Zealand. Information and advocacy group for cycling.
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