Category Archives: Bike rescue

Articles about the bike rescue weather it be in Albany or Troy.

Ready for the Riding Season?

Unless you are a dedicated year-round cyclist, the condition of your bicycle(s) may be far from your mind. Right now might be the best time to think about how soon spring will arrive and how great it will be to get out for a ride – provided your bicycle is ready to go.

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There are, of course two ways to go – a professional tune up at a local bicycle shop or a do-it-yourself job.

YOUR LOCAL BIKE SHOP – Getting a complete tune up from your bicycle shop makes the bike ride like new again. Even nuisance noises that do not affect the bike mechanically are gone and you can ride carefree. Things you might miss – one brake shoe toed out, a barely noticeable wheel wobble – will not escape the notice of good technicians. They will look over your entire bicycle in the course of doing a pre-season “tune up.”


Remember that internet retailers will not be there for you when you need advice, repairs, a part in a hurry, or a tune up – your local bicycle shop will be. You may save a bit of change (even after shipping and the hassle of possible returns) and get “next day delivery” (who REALLY needs that?), but you’ll miss all the benefits of a good relationship with your shop’s personnel.


Here is a list of area shops – see the Albany Bicycle Coalition website for updates.

DO IT YOURSELF – If you prefer to do your own work, there are plenty of “how-to” videos – a good place to start is with Park Tool’s at Just as an example that anyone can use – how to fix a flat.


Speaking of tools, you’ll want to buy the best you can find. For bicycle-specific items, again, Park Tool is a good place to start. Many shops have a display rack of commonly needed tools – by Park and others. For general-purpose tools, Sears Craftsman brand tools are now available at some hardware and home stores. With these or Snap-On, you can’t go wrong.

You can use your multitool for many maintenance and adjustment steps but you’ll be happier and do a better job with regular tools. Save the multitool for on-the-road attention.

tumblr_nn47ut4TWt1t19os5o1_500Another resource for “do it yourself” is “open bike night” at your local community bike rescue. Here you’ll find camaraderie with like-minded cyclists and advice if you get stuck. You might even want to show off your newfound bicycle servicing skills by volunteering at the bike rescue – there’s no better way to learn than to teach someone else.

Bike Rescues – Here is a list of area bike rescues – see the Albany Bicycle Coalition website for updates. Go here –

  • Albany Bike Rescue – 15 Trinity Pl., Albany 12208,, (518) 227-1030 – The Albany Bike Rescue (ABR) hosts community bike repair and educational workshops every Tuesday night from 6:15 to 8:00 PM.
  •  Electric City Bike Rescue189 Jerry St, (off Watt St. at the McGathan Townhouses Community Center)
  • Troy Bike Rescue – 3280 6th Ave., (North) Troy 12180, (518) 328-4827, WINTER HOURS- Wednesday open shop 5-8 pm


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Pedal Powered Compost Pickup – 20 Day Assist for Bike/Compost Kick starter

For more info, go to: food-cycle-building-soil-with-pedal-power

What we want to do: Food Cycle, a project of Troy Bike Rescue

Troy Bike Rescue

Troy Bike Rescue

and Collard City Growers, is a bicycle compost delivery project employing neighborhood youth.  It diverts household and restaurant food and yard waste back into the ground on our urban farm all by way of the transportation of the future: The bicycle!

Food Cycle will create a hyper-local compost network that lays the groundwork for a self-sustaining, scalable enterprise. We need the help of financial backers for initial investment.

How we’ll do it:

  • Build cargo bikes and trailers from recycled bikes and parts
  • Grow food in the garden
  • Collect food scraps and other organic material from neighborhood households and businesses by bicycle
  • Pedal the loads to the large compost bins at our garden site
  • Use the finished compost to build more soil in our garden
  • Bikes and trailers will also be used to deliver fresh produce to people in the neighborhood and beyond

Who we are: Collard City Growers is a grassroots demonstration garden and composting project located in North Central Troy.  We turned a vacant lot located in a brown fields-designated area into an urban garden, drawing upon resources from the community and the Upstate New York region to grow produce and the next generation of growers.


Troy Bike Rescue is a collective of bicycle enthusiasts committed to removing bikes from the waste stream and putting them back into use. TBR operates a volunteer-run community bike space where we organize:

Mobile workshops

We help to build bicycle community in the capital region through hands-on education.

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Upper Madison Ave. Street Festival Report

A little over a year ago I was inept at fixing bikes. I couldn’t even clean a chain. Who would have guessed that last weekend I and my colleague and fellow ABR member Mike Barr would be teaching people how to repair bikes in representation of ABR at the Madison Ave. Street Festival. ABC was there as well with a swanky new sign made by Lorenz Worden with our new logo on the front.

After the initial set up Ken went on a coffee run to give us that brown liquid that makes us warm in our bellies in trade for bike repair because his headset had some play in it and his handlebars were loose. Sadly we could not fix his bars, but we removed the play on the stem.

Next was a child who needed his training wheels readjusted. Easy enough.

Lastly there were the bike cops that wanted to swap seats and seat posts. I am always glad to help out the boys in blue.

On the other side of things the APD set up an obstacle course that was supposed to teach you bike skills and was designed for kids bike, but we had to try it anyway. After all of us almost wiped out we all managed to get through big bikes and all.

We then tore down the obstacle course and turned it into a bike polo rink. Of which two out of four people wiped out on and it was taken down soon after.

All in all it was a good day for Pine Hills. With the ABC, ABR, and the APD representing in the way of bike advocacy, repair, and safety it was a good day to be a bicyclist. Also I discovered something interesting. Pine hills has a Google Calendar with all there events on it. So if you use Google Calendar like me you can add it to yours and get all the events that are happening each week, and there is a surprising amount of events up. So go check it out.

Written by Chris Belsole

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What’s happening at the Albany Bike Rescue?

What’s that? You want to know about the Albany Bike Rescue (ABR)? Let me see if I can dig something up.

Recently we received a bunch of children’s bikes which we have been fixing up. This one was a wooden tricycle that was poorly welded so our mechanics sawed off the bad part and ingeniously put the stem back together. Continue reading

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Notes From Albany Bike Rescue

A big thank you to DownTube and Dan for providing us with used bicycle parts.

Chris and Mary Lou collected the items Saturday and delivered it to our parts room at Trinity. They managed to part out the bikes, sort the small items, and repair some gently used tubes.

They also quickly fixed up two pink girls bikes (20 in and 16 inch) and put them outside with a free sign. This made room for the Bridgestone 100 that Dan donated to Albany Bike Rescue for someone to build up.

For those of you who tirelessly volunteer with little time to work on your own bike projects- We need to figure out a way to make this a more equitable situation.  We  have been researching other bike rescue models to find ideas on how to manage the number of people wanting bike repair vs. our limited volunteer resources.

This week we hope to remain calm when faced with the number of people standing at the door saying “all I need is…”

Written by Mary Lou Nolan-Gillham

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