Home Bicycle Repair Shop Part 2 - Space, the
Final FrontierBy Captain Dondo at
I was recently busted by my wife for using her
crappy old Dartmouth blanket to cover the fancy cream-colored rug while I did
some bike repairs in our apartment. Big mistake. We used to live in a house
with a nice basement shop. Now we live in an apartment. If I keep misbehaving,
Ill be living in my car before long. Heres the poop for setting up
shop in each of these situations.
Floor: Freshly painted concrete. Red is best for
locating the small parts you always drop.
Tools: Hang from nails and sheet rock screws on a
½-inch or thicker piece (4x4 feet for starters) of plywood. Forget
pegboard -- the spacing is all wrong. Make holders for screwdrivers, allen
keys, and pliers by drilling holes through a ½-inch-thick board. Most
frequently used tools go dead center on the big board. The rest fan out from
Bench: I like a smally right under the tool board
for placing parts. Then a bigger one across the room for the bench vise, truing
stand, grinder, etc.
Tunes: Run wires for extra speakers and tap into
your main home sound system, or go for a good CD boom box. Works out about the
Décor: Old race number bibs, stickers (for
stand and tool board), inspirational posters, medals, trophies, rejection
letters, college diploma, pix of spouse and kids (so you dont forget what they
Floor: NOT the Dartmouth blanket. Use a
plastic drop cloth. Extra style points for using your old Twister
Tools: A small rollaway tool chest is really the
way to go. Frequently used items go in the chest on top, the rest go in the
bottom. Segregate tools (pliers, screwdrivers, etc.) into their own drawers.
Stash the whole thing in a closet when youre done. The top part can be
your traveling tool kit for events.
Bench: Ive been using a folding camp table
that wipes clean.
Tunes: Theres no place in my apartment that
I cant hear the stereo. So thats a plus.
Décor: Pretty much limited to
stickers on your stand and rollaway. Wear a funny hat if you feel
Floor: Swipe the Dartmouth blanket when you get
booted out. Parts disappear forever when dropped into dirt or grass.
Tools: Get used to working out of a toolbox. Mine
is an electricians model that has a mini tool board in the lid for small
stuff. Big stuff goes in the bottom.
Bench: Grab the folding camp table as
Tunes: Walkman for stealth. Car stereo
(mucho basso profundo) for annoying the neighbors in your
Décor: Coleman stove with espresso pot on
folding table. "My Other Car is a Bicycle" bumper sticker.
OK, you got the tools (Part One) and you got the space, now its time to
actually start doing something to your bike. What? In the
next installment, Captain Dondo lays out a
do-it-yourself maintenance schedule.