I have decided that I will not only write about LBK's shop and our goings on, but write a bit from the point of view of a “not-cyclist”. What's this “not-cyclist” and why is it on the LBK page? Well that's simple. I love my bike, I like to ride, but no one would ever accuse me of being a “cyclist.”
I have never and most likely will never do a century or a road race. I don't own a jersey and can't imagine buying one. I want a GoPro but only to take video in case I see deers or there is pretty scenery (no one would ever want to watch my ride). But, I love my bike (it's a cute blue Trek step-through) and I like to ride and I think there are a lot of folks out there in Lincoln like me. Can't afford high end bike goodies, can't ride 10 miles without a bit of a break (or a long bit), and I think that hills are the bane of my existence (unless it's downhill).
So, since there are blogs and clubs out there for the cyclist, I want to write here for the folks who are like myself, a bit older, not in the best shape but working on it, and want to have a nice ride and enjoy their bike.
Last year I pedaled myself 232 miles last year. My sweetie has convinced me to set a goal this year of 350 miles. Really, 350. BJ suggested 400 and after I stopped laughing I came up with a way to motivate myself to do the 350. Every month I meet my month's goal I put $5 in the pot and every month I exceed my goal BJ puts in $5. At the end of the riding season, (November for me) I get the money to do as I please. I am already looking at things for my bike, or maybe something from Bodhi... but even more than that I have now told you folks, and kinda have to follow through. If anyone wants to set a goal at LBK's Facebook, please do so and we can help each other.
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So, this is the first of my blog posts. For any of you who have ever met me in person this might be hard to believe, but at first I had nothing to say. I gave it some thought though and decided to just brag on the great folks out here at Lincoln Bike Kitchen.
I mentioned in the newsletter that we had started some great new awards to thank all the hard working people who keep us going. The will be the “Eager Beaver” for those volunteers who plug holes in the operation, “Otter Excellence” for those at LBK or in the community who go above the call to help the shop or community of biking, and “The Awesome 'Possum” a yearend award for outstanding awesomeness.
I have already chosen our first two winners. Drum roll please...... Kelly Smith wins the “Otter Excellence” for his hard work in getting the parts and rims area organized so that the shop is more user friendly and efficient. Thanks to Kelly and his self-proclaimed OCD we can now find things again.
Our first “Eager Beaver” goes to Tom Winkler. He is an outstanding volunteer who does whatever he can to help out. Usually he is busy breaking down bikes to re-use and/or recycle, understanding that without those parts nothing is going to be fixed.
This holiday season give the bike lover the gift of
Figure 1: Sewing setup used to sew tube, note the paper on both sides
Figure 2 Rotary Cutter used to cut tube
Figure 3 Tube cutting locations and an example of where to cut the strips from (Red box).
Figure 4: Large rectangle that makes up the body of the wallet
Figure 5: Cloth pinning to line the money portion
Figure 6: Un-cut card holder section, notice only the bottom of each card slot is sewn at this time
Figure 7: Trimmed Card holder, notice that the sides still haven’t been sewn
Figure 8: One side of the card holder section is sewn. This section is for the left card section
Figure 9: Marking showing the location of where the card section is to be sewn to
Figure 10: Sew along the locations denoted with the arrows
Figure 11: Final wallet
Recycled Bike Tube Wallet Instructions
The final wallet should have three card slots on each side, one large money pocket, and two additional miscellaneous pockets behind each card holder and the body of the wallet.
Tube selection: The largest tube you can get is best since the curvature will be reduced over the area of the wallet. For this wallet I used 26x2+ tubes. The thinner the tube is also better for sewing and helps to keep the wallet as thin as possible. The tubes need to be as clean as possible before using, I found that scrubbing them under water with a rag worked the best.
Cutting and Sewing: To cut the tubes I used a fabric cutting board that can be found at any craft store and a rotary cutter (Figure 1). To sew the tubes a sewing machine works the best and helps keep the stitches as clean as possible. Because tube is rubber it is hard for a machine to catch. To solve this paper should be put on any sides with exposed rubber. Additionally a heavy duty needle was used (Figure 2). Always test your setup on tube scraps first since the sewing can be a bit tricky.
Tube Pieces Needed:
Cut the tube near the valve stem on either side it Next cut the tube following one of the lines made into the tube on the inside of the circle (valve stem side) to have a giant strip. Finally cut the following pieces out of the middle of the tube so that it lays as flat as possible and each side of the tube is as straight as possible (Figure 3).
Cut the following sizes:
1. Stitch each of the 3x11 pieces to form a large rectangle. (Figure 4).
2. Cut an 8x10 piece of cloth to line the money portion of the wallet. Pin the cloth to the center of the tube hemming the edges to prevent fraying making the final size 7x9 (Figure 5). Sew along the hem on all edges, paper is not needed on the side with the cloth.
3. Cut the square out making sure not to cut the hem. Next run a stitch down the middle of the rectangle to help hold the cloth in place and provide a fold line for the final wallet.
4. Take one of the 3.5x5 and 3 of the 2.5x5 pieces, sewing the 2.5 pieces along the bottom to the 3.5 piece leaving both edges free at this point. Use credit cards to make sure that sizing is ok, don’t worry about the top of the card holders covering the card at this time (Figure 6).
5. Put cards in each holder and cut the tops of each slot to your preference (Figure 7).
6. Sew along one side of the of the card holder and cut straight (This will be to the inside of the wallet, make sure you leave the outside edge unstiched and uncut (Figure 8).
7. Make a small mark on the 7x11 cloth lined piece approximately 3.5 inches from the edge on one side (Figure 9).
8. Sew along the top and bottom (Figure 10).
9. Repeat steps 4-8 with the other card holder.
10. Fold the wallet in half and sew along the final two sides and cut the remaining uncut card holder edges straight (Figure 11)
11. Finally hand stitch the top of the wallet to hold the hem in place and enjoy your new wallet (Figure 11).