***** OUR NEW WEBSITE IS: www.cyclesaloon.org.au *****
***** THIS OLD WORDPRESS BLOG WILL BE CLOSED IN 2019 *****
Cycle Saloon incorporated is a not-for-profit, shared, bicycle recycling workshop located in Pipemaker’s Park on the Maribyrnong River. We provide public access to quality bike tools for anyone to use to repair their own bicycle(s).
Cycle Saloon is at the North end of Pipemaker’s Park, Maribyrnong, just past the big bluestone building. Google maps link here (if this link doesn’t work then just search ‘cycle saloon’ in Google maps).
Phone: 0466 956 228 (Saturday and Sunday 10-4)
Most Saturdays and Sundays 10-4. Check the new website to confirm: www.cyclesaloon.org.au
Our aim is to repair bikes that are otherwise destined for the scrap heap and to put them back into use. It is also our aim to encourage others to learn about bicycle repairs and maintenance to increase the longevity, safety and usefulness of their bike.
The production of an average new bicycle has an estimated carbon footprint of 240kgs. By restoring bicycles using more than 90% recycled components, an equivalent used bike can be produced with less than 10% of the carbon footprint, saving 216kgs of emissions per bike.
Traveling 1300kms, an average car will emit around 240kgs of CO2 equivalents (including both the embodied and exhaust emissions). This means that if a bicycle travels less than 1300kms in its lifetime, then it is more polluting than a car.
Many bicycles last only until the the drivetrain completely wears out after about 10,000kms, however a good quality bicycle should last more than 50,000kms with timely replacement of parts subject to wear and tear. It is our aim to make bikes go this distance.
Cycle Saloon is an open workshop for anyone to use. Just make yourself known to the volunteer(s) on duty and start using the tools (responsibly). You must do the repairs yourself. This not only includes the physical aspect of working on the bike but also the mental aspects such as troubleshooting, problem-solving and finding the right tools and parts. Time, patience and independent problem solving are essential. Some initial guidance and advice may be given as well as suggestions of tools to use. If you try your hardest and still can’t figure it out then a volunteer will help you.