Friday, October 19, 2012

Repairs and new branch of BSB?

Repaired tubes today = 4
 This post may or may not become interesting, I have yet to decide. In the meantime, I will take my time talking a bit about the amount of time that the project takes in terms of repairing bikes and administration.
Firstly, there is and always will be some repairs, adjustments and niggling noises that need to be solved on some of our bikes. Due to the lack of time, space, spare parts and tools, it has proven a difficult task to ensure that the bikes are always kept in road-worthy condition. Fear not though, we are more than capable and willing to dedicate our time to the project. Today, for example, I was donated four tubes. However, all needed puncture repair. Not a mammoth task, but requiring some time.
Secondly, the administration side of things can be a little less greasy, but require even more time. Processing requests alone can sometimes feel like solving some chaos theory puzzle, with all the butterflies flapping their wings in random directions ie confusing, at the best of times. With an ever-increasing fleet of available bikes, the complexity of processing bikesurf requests, becomes exponentially more difficult, due to the fact that there are more variables in the system and more things that can go wrong, leading to other unforeseeable effects. Regardless of the organisation system in place, this is an inherent issue as the fleet continues growing.
Packing a bike for a plane

In order to expand this bikesurfing model and allow more people to avail of borrowing bikes for free, I would be extremely grateful if other like-minded individuals, would like to set up another independent hub for this project, in Berlin. The ideal person(s) would have 1-2 hours per day, have a small bit of space to store a few bikes and be able to repair bikes. If you would like to employ a similar booking system to the one that we have developed, then we have no problem in training you up in its use. When operational, we would be there to support this other branch of bikesurfing, if and when needed.


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