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  1. weekly update

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello all, This past week was good.  The shop was chill, and a lot of people came into volunteer and we built several bikes.  Everyone is really happy with how clean and organized the shop is now that we got ride of 70 or so bikes.  We sold 2 build-a-bikes for $105, 2 memberships for $50, and grossed $858.56.  I ordered some hard to find parts.  We now have 122, 124, and 127 bbs, an array of cotter pins to last for years, and new sturmey cables!!!  I did some work for the ATC search committee.  I went to the CCB meeting.  It was good. 

    This week I plan on wrapping up my responsibilities for the ATC search committee.  We will get all the pay roll and other paperwork items cleared up for the students who are going away for the break and those who are graduating.  I am going to hire some replacements for those graduating this semester and those graduating spring semester. 

    From the Campus Outpost,
    James Roedl

  2. weekly digest

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello all,

    This past week was extremely productive.  We saw the culmination of months of hard work in the successful shipment of 402 bikes to Ghana.  There were a lot of obstacles, but we over came them and were able to sustainability turn waste into ecologically friendly transportation for those who do not have any.  We cleaned the Center out and have added a lot of organization.  I spent time working on the ATC search committee items.  Stacey and I met with F&S computer folks who are going to make us an awesome computer registration system.  I have started to look into learning the new software.  I created and sent a mass mail to all registered bike users on campus about safety issues regarding construction by Noyes Lab.  We did a lot of in depth repairs, and looked into holiday closings.  I was added as an admin on some of TBP list serves.  While it adds the responsibility of deleting some spam it will speed up release of important volunteering e-mails and notifications about meetings.

    This week I plan on doing more work on the ATC search committee, sorting small parts, building bikes, and catching up on tasks.

    From the Campus Outpost,
    James Roedl

  3. weekly digest

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello all,

    Last week was productive.  The shop sold 3 memberships for $75, and grossed $225.  We got lots of bikes prepared and loading details sorted.  I was able to get 400 of 417 bikes pedals taken off and handle bars turned.  I clean and organized the shop as well as did some ordering.  I added a lot of hanging storage.  The shop was slow so we did a lot of in depth education with the, staff, volunteers, and members.

    This week I will continue to work on getting all of the bikes prepared and finalize other details for the shipment.  I will make a sign up sheet and enlist other groups to help us load.  I will also spend some time working on search committee duties. 

    From the Campus Outpost,
    James Roedl

  4. weekly digest

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello all,

    This past week was productive.  I set up the bike shipment, and got a lot of the bikes ready for shipment.  There are maybe about 180 prepared already.  I got a lot of cleaning done at the shop and have a decent work space with both our stock bikes as well as 70 to be shipped.  I was able to clear out a lot of accumulated junk, and hang a huge amount of stuff from the ceiling.  I got a bunch of tools and supplies this week that we needed.  Some of the stuff was normal like drill bits and hangers.  Other things were more exciting.  I got some socket pieces and spent most of Thursday welding.  I made adapters for both shops so we can put ANY attachment on the impact screwdriver.  Normal screws bits, sockets, allen keys.  I did this now because with the shipment we have several bikes with stuck bolts that need unstuck and we don't have a lot of time to wait for oil to work.  I also welded real handles on some BB tools.  A student's hand slipped last week and they almost got hurt.  These handles will help.  I also repaired a few of our tools that had broken.  I painted all of the wrenches and carts because the electrical tape isn't working.  People seem to like it.  I finished putting stickers on the cargo bike and sent it out into the world with Rick.  He is going to do a test run of 2 weeks with the cargo bike.  He is also doing a bike share for his department so it works well that he has some infrastructure set up.  He is going to give me feed back so the first real demo works better.  I ordered some accessories for Rick's bike share.  He's waiting on his dept to get the money, but if it doesn't pan out they are items we normally stock.  We had a lot of volunteers.  Students have been getting in trouble at the book store and we are now the hot place to do community service.  It has worked well with the amount of bikes we have stripped or prepared for shipment.  The students are also starting to come after their service hours are done and hang out.  We are starting to build community with folks who aren't bike nuts.

    This week.  I will be preparing bikes for shipment and working on taking care of all the details to make the shipment happen.  I will also be working on class schedules once we remove the 70 bikes from the back we will have space to run classes while we are open.

    From the Campus Outpost,
    James Roedl
     

  5. weekly digest

    Hello all,

    This past week was productive.  We were able to prepare 50 bikes at the warehouse, as well as 60 bikes at the two shops.  I created a use agreement for the cargo bike that is being review by the Universities lawyers.  We sold 1 bike for $120, 1 build-a-bike for $150, 1 build-a-bike for $80, 2 memberships for $50, and grossed $549.50.  I worked on setting up the yearly bike shipment.  I put on a class for the athletic department about basic maintenance and bike safety.  We got a bunch of bikes from the City of Champaign.  I also worked on search committee tasks.

    This week I will be working on preparing more bikes for shipment as well as coordinating the shipment.  I will be trying to make room in the back of shop as we have 30 bikes ready for shipment here.  I will be giving the cargo bike to Rick for demonstration to his department.

    From the Campus Outpost,
    James Roedl

  6. weekly update

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello all,

    This last week was good.  We went to the Illinois Bike Summit, tables, learned and presented.  We had quite a few people come in and were able to keep a high level of quality and quantity.  We sold 1 bike for $120, 1 Build-a-bike for $40, 5 memberships for $125, and grossed $743.  I got 25 or so bikes from the police, and worked with parking on releasing the bikes in the warehouse.   I processed about 20 scrapper bikes and Todd removed the waste metal.  I set up a time to collect bikes from the City of Champaign this week.

    This week I will be going to the warehouse to prepare bikes for shipment, I will collect bikes from the City of Champaign, and work on finding places for bikes in the campus shop.  I will also devote time to search committee duties.  I will try to build more bikes to create space rather than organize the bikes.

    From the Campus Outpost,
    James Roedl

  7. weekly digest

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello all,

    This last week was good.  We went to the Illinois Bike Summit, tables, learned and presented.  We had quite a few people come in and were able to keep a high level of quality and quantity.  We sold 1 bike for $120, 1 Build-a-bike for $40, 5 memberships for $125, and grossed $743.  I got 25 or so bikes from the police, and worked with parking on releasing the bikes in the warehouse.   I processed about 20 scrapper bikes and Todd removed the waste metal.  I set up a time to collect bikes from the City of Champaign this week.

    This week I will be going to the warehouse to prepare bikes for shipment, I will collect bikes from the City of Champaign, and work on finding places for bikes in the campus shop.  I will also devote time to search committee duties.  I will try to build more bikes to create space rather than organize the bikes.

    From the Campus Outpost,
    James Roedl

  8. weekly digest

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello all,

    This past week was good.  I built the cargo bike, went to the the all employee expo, and got a lot done.  We built several bikes for sale and got a lot of cleaning done.  I worked on search committee items as well.  We sold 1 build-a-bike for $130, 5 student memberships for $125, and grossed $1279.58.  There were a lot of people who came by and checked out the cargo bike.  I was able to get Rick Langlois to demo the bike for 2 weeks at his department so we can see what issues may arise.  I have FAA lined up to be the next.  They will have it longer.  I also spent some time helping Rick find bikes and accessories for the departmental bike share he is starting.  I completed the emergency plan and have had all students review and sign the document.  I spent some time working on our performance reports.

    This week I will be participating in the Bike Summit, working on making some tools, and cleaning the shop.  I will also be preparing for a class I have scheduled on Nov. 5th with the athletic department.  I will continue work on the performance reports as well.

    From the Campus Outpost,
    James Roedl
     

  9. weekly update

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello all,

    I came back Tuesday just in time for Volunteer hours!  The Center is in good shape and the students are anxious to fix bikes.  There was a suspected gas leak that turned out to be a false alarm.  It was good practice.  It also alerted us to the fact that we don't have an emergency plan.  It was decided to get an emergency plan setup and registered with the emergency service departments.  We sold 3 bikes for $380, 2 build-a-bikes for $190, 7 student memberships for $175, 1 community membership for $40, and grossed $1328.00.  I also meet with the Active Transportation Search Committee and work on that item. 

    This week I plan on getting an emergency plan for the Center.  I will be doing more work with the search committee.  I plan on building more bikes, and continuing to organize the shop. 

    From the Campus Outpost,
    James Roedl

  10. weekly update

    Associated Project(s): 

    Hello all,

    This past week was great.  We were closed for part of the week so I could go to a bicycle conference.  We were busy other wise.  The Center sold 2 bikes for $260, 2 build-a-bikes for $90, 1 membership for $25, and grossed $877.22.  I worked on preforming my duties as a member for the Active Transportation Coordinator search committee.  I also was able to build a couple of bikes. 

    This week I plan on continuing work with the search committee, cleaning the shop, and building bikes to make room in the back of the shop for my long term goal of a educational area.

    From the Campus Outpost,
    James Roedl

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