So i have been toying with this idea for a little while and now i feel that Lewes is ready for it.
When i first moved to London, i used to offer a service which i called the Open Toolbox. Originally on a Sunday morning, the idea was that people would come over with bike problems, bring a few Sunday be(ers)verages, some food, a bit of music. Then i would give free use of my tools and advice. The main objective was to give people a chance to fix their own bikes, meet others and help each other out. It quickly became quite tight group or people, with regulars showing up. More importantly to me it allowed for myself to meet other bike nerds, seeing as i was new to the city. After the open toolbox session, we would normally go out for a lazy ride and end up at the Polo.
I still need to figure out the exact logistics of it. But it will more than likely be on a Wednesday evening. Lets say from 5 - 8. In the shop we only have two workstands so no more than two people working on a bike at a time. But im sure within the three hours, we can get through a few people. Obviously i do not want to take anything away from the bike doctors on a Saturday morning, this can be something a little different. Bring some snacks, maybe a beer or two. Along with all your bike questions. All for free!
Lewes is a very independent and community driven town. So hopefully this kind of thing will appeal to everyone. Even if you have no clue about bikes, i am sure you will learn something. Plus i can assure you, there is no better feeling than turning something that you think will never work into something as good as new.
If interested, please send an email to me (Matt) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or give me a phone call on 01273 483108.
Hope to hear from you all soon!
Brilliant, exactly what I need! Mind if I give you a bell?
There's already a fix-it-for-free guy working in the market in Lewes on Saturday. Try http://www.lewescycleaction.co.uk/. Not really creating a proper bike scene there though. Good mechanic, older fella.
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