Monday, October 22, 2012

Critical Mass Bike Ride

You've seen the poster, now come join us!!!
Please join the attendance list on CS below:
http://www.couchsurfing.org/activity/view/G41M7A/critical-mass-bike-ride-lampke-appreciation-day

There will be plenty of food, if everyone brings some along to share!!!


Okay Folks, this is the first Critical Mass brought to you by the guys and gals from BikeSurfBerlin.
Open to all cyclists (or maybe even pedestrians could get a lift from a passing bike) of all abilities, the idea is to cruise about the streets and show that the weather is not able to dampen our cycling resolve. There will be ample time to quatsch and chat en route and make new bike-buddies.
Just a thought, but it would be super-fantastisch if people were able to bring some snackable food along (vegetarian/vegan option would be great), so we could have a picnic somewhere along the way. And remember, sharing is caring.
After the ride, we hang out with some Sternies (whoever they are) at the Tempest Anarchist Library.
The secondary objective is to show our continued respect and support for Lampke bikeshop (Graefestrasse 1, Kreuzberg) who has helped so many people stay on their bikes, by providing the cheapest bike parts I have seen anywhere in Berlin - seriously, I don't know how he does it, but we at BSB give respect.

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.


Monday, October 8, 2012

We need your support!

Dear friends,

We need your virtual support this time. As you can imagine, BikeSurfBerlin has a Facebook page and also a Twitter account. So, if you are using this social networks, you should like and follow us!

Why? Just because we want to be famous and meet more people and make all of them happy with our bikes! Is it a good answer?

Thank you!!

PS: The post was a bit empty so here you have a very cool video:

Monday, October 1, 2012

New bikes!

We have some new bikes! Say hi to TheSea and Pinkie!


TheSea



Pinkie