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Old Town Bike Shop out to cut cost, waste with new contraption

By: ELISE REUTER
July 4, 2012
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	 Photo by ELISE REUTER, THE GAZETTE
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The cycling enthusiasts at Old Town Bike Shop have developed a contraption they hope will save time and money.

It's a shock and disc brake overhaul station used to provide a clean, efficient method to repair mountain bikes - while recycling. The station consists of repurposed odds and ends and sits in a back corner of the downtown shop's service area.

"We got it built just in time for the season," said shop owner Cris Hebel, who dreamed up the idea and created it with the help of coworker Brian Gravestock. "We’ve been using it almost daily now; it’s definitely a good addition to the shop."

Hebel and Gravestock used a bike stand to hold the fork - the part of the bike that contains a spring and hydraulic fluid in order to absorb shock while riding. They also repurposed a tabletop as the surface for the workbench. The most innovative part of the project is an old sink, used to drain hydraulic fluid and mineral oil into a container so it can be recycled.

"We always like to stay on top, making sure we aren’t contributing to the problem," Hebel said. "We need to make sure that (the fluid's) not going into the waste strea.

“It’s completely recyclable too; it’s good stuff once they purify and refine it again.”

Hebel hopes the overhaul station will streamline a process that previously was messy. 

“It makes it cleaner and quicker and keeps small parts from piling up,” he said. “It will save us money in the time-saving part of the process.”

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