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April Social Ride: poetic places

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Written by Joshua Goran
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 13:42

april social ride to Poetic Places

To pay proper notice to National Poetry Month,

In this cruelest month, we'll visit poetic places.  

We'll be let in early to the Eastman Reading Garden

Before the lunching season opens, officially,

To read Maya Lin's brother Tan's

Abstract brass and granite words on her sculpture.

After passing, the Erie St. Cemetery;

where many poets are certainly buried (or should be)

we drop down by the temple of lost love

and rise up literary to see about d.a. levy

where the city is painted with fading lines on a bridge.

Six Steps Down by the timeless market,

We pass where Daniel Thompson read his junk;

And say good bye to Hart Crane at a statue

By some guy, by the still-crooked river.


For more information, see the route map here (general Saturday Social Ride info here).

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 March 2017 15:45 )

Please contribute to our first Bike Drive!

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Written by Jim Sheehan
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 20:00

For the first time ever, for a variety of very good reasons, we have the good fortune to need to say: we need bikes! 

 So we are holding our first-ever Bike Dive: if you have a bike that could use a new rider, please consider donating it now, during the "off season" while we have time to get it fixed for a couple Spring projects we are working on.

We accept bikes anytime we are open, and most other days between 10am and 6pm (just give a call first to be sure we are in).  We accept any bikes, in any condition, but right now we are especially interested in collecting bikes with specific features needed for the Cleveland Refugee Bike Project and a special school project that will both use the most common and durable type available, which are described below.

Other types of bikes, including children’s bikes, will be refurbished by OCBC students, volunteers and staff, and sold to support this and other educational programs. OCBC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so all donations are tax-deductible.

Bikes for the refugee bike project are the same type used for OCBC’s youth Earn A Bike program, for the same reasons: they are plentiful, very basic, and easily serviceable with no special tools. They are commonly available at department stores (but with proper repair and upgrading they’ll be much more efficient and reliable than when they were bought new!).

Refugee project bikes will be identifiable by these characteristics:

  • Mountain” style bikes (26" wheels) -- any size frames, men’s or women’s.

  • Commonly brands like Huffy, Roadmaster, Murray and Pacific.

  • They should NOT have shock absorbers on the front fork (often with rubber “accordion” boots) or suspension for the rear wheel (a spring mechanism in the frame).

  • Caliper” brakes

  • One-piece cranks

If you are not sure if we need it: bring it down: we can use it!  If you need advice getting it in a car, or other donation details, see our Donation Policy page.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 February 2017 20:57 )

Water barrel bike trailer

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Written by Jim Sheehan
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 15:39

OCBC has been designing and building cargo trailers intermittently for some time, as a way to re-use bike parts and provide low-cost carrying capacity for cyclists. In 2012 Barton Hiatt got this project solidly underway (see his work journal at bikecart.org), with prototypes in use and production methods documented.  We have been using the last of his prototypes since then, for things like keg rides and trips to the sledding hill, but have been intending to make a bigger version.

We now have an excuse to start building that, with the hopes that it will be usable by citizen tree stewards to water street trees planted under the Reforest Our City project -- we have promised them a working model to demonstrate on Arbor Day, April 24th 2017, with a 10 ft. hose and 55 gal. drum (enough to water 11 trees semi-weekly, weighing 540 lbs).  If it works for them we may need to scale up to produce several, but even if not we'll find it useful to have around, and reproducible for anyone who wants a robust DIY alternative to re-purposed kid-trailers.

Update, April 2017:
Thanks to great engineering help from a truly solid volunteer, the trailer project is moving to the next phase: training volunteers from the 2100 Lakeside Men's Shelter with Traffic Skills and trailer-specific riding techniques, as they water street trees in a pilot of this major effort to make Cleveland back into the "Forest City".  See the trailer in action in this video.

This version holds 250lbs (about 30 gal.) of water, and will cost $250. We plan a more robust version to hold a full 55 gal. drum, but testing this design with a full barrel, braking hard bent the hitch arm, so the next iteration will either have a welded frame or be 4-wheeled cart with remote brakes -- either way a much bigger job, which we'll undertake as time permits.

Any volunteers are welcome to help in this effort, to practice some back-porch engineering and/or learn some useful metal-working skills -- and earn volunteer credits while helping develop another earned income source for OCBC. 


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 April 2017 20:51 )
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