This EcoLocal group meets twice a month at EcoLocal’s offices / workshop.
Since starting in late 2012, the activities of the group have ranged from dealing with more complex cycle maintenance issues, through to revamping old speakers for a PA system and helping to start build an insulated greenhouse made from old plastic bottles.
Pictured here is a photo showing a really ingenious repair for one of our hand cycles. The need for the repair came about because for some time we’d had difficulty finding a suitable replacement for the plastic chain ring guard that had broken off – and the cables were getting caught in the mechanism and needed a tidy up too. One member of the group, Chris, came up with the idea of making a new guard from an old saucepan – and what a brilliant job he’s done. The new guard is so much sturdier than the original plastic guard and it also provides a suitable location to mount a new bracket to control the movement of the cables, so that they don’t get caught up when rotating the handles. We’re so impressed!
The group has other plans / ideas, ranging from further bike projects, building a new housing for one of our mobile renewable energy units and, testing out approaches to growing food hydroponically (using organic fertiliser). We’re keen to find resources to help develop this ‘platform’ for community based sharing of technical and fixing skills.