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I've received word from Jepson's mother that his ghost bike (Diversey and Avers) has been removed.

Who's interested in working on a replacement?

 

Edit-- further communication-- Saturday Oct 8th would have been his b-day so it would be important to his mother to have one up by then if possible. My own availability until after that weekend is very limited.

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Do you think that blow hard that was making a stink on Everyblock had something to do with this?

A BMX bike would not be the right thing, but thanks.

 

The bike itself is not what's needed so much, but at least a minimal investment of time to get the bike installed and get the original sign recreated.

 

Maybe, maybe not.  Not really important though-- the bike lasted close to two years-- not a bad run.
The family wants another.  I have limited free time, so the threshold for working on anything bike-related I've arrived at is that if I can't find anyone else willing to help, it's probably not important enough to the bike community to devote time and resources to.


Ash L. said:

Do you think that blow hard that was making a stink on Everyblock had something to do with this?
Going once . . .
I'll help. Clandestine operations are right up my alley.
This can be done at WTB on Thursday evening if someone else can organize. I have space, bikes, and paint, maybe. It could also be deployed via trailer that night. Who's game? Kevin we can continue our conversation from last Thursday.
I am in.

Bikefreeek said:
This can be done at WTB on Thursday evening if someone else can organize. I have space, bikes, and paint, maybe. It could also be deployed via trailer that night. Who's game? Kevin we can continue our conversation from last Thursday.
I can do it Thursday night, the 6th. Ace, are you available? Howard, can I get the "how to" memo on assembling/deploying a ghost bike? If Alex doesn't have white paint, is there any in h3n3 inventory?

Bikefreeek said:
This can be done at WTB on Thursday evening if someone else can organize. I have space, bikes, and paint, maybe. It could also be deployed via trailer that night. Who's game? Kevin we can continue our conversation from last Thursday.
Thurs night is good for me.

Kevin C said:
I can do it Thursday night, the 6th. Ace, are you available? Howard, can I get the "how to" memo on assembling/deploying a ghost bike? If Alex doesn't have white paint, is there any in h3n3 inventory?

Bikefreeek said:
This can be done at WTB on Thursday evening if someone else can organize. I have space, bikes, and paint, maybe. It could also be deployed via trailer that night. Who's game? Kevin we can continue our conversation from last Thursday.

Sounds great. Thursday at WTB-- what time? Who will be "the organizer?"

I have a rehearsal Thurs night but will try to get a sign made or at least started tonight.

As an aside I'll try to get hold of Jackie Michon's boss to find out if there's a plan for a GB for her in the works (forgot the number at home today)-- it's not much harder to crank out two bikes than it is one once you get the people and supplies together.

I'll put some "how-to" notes together tonight. In terms of making a bike the basics are to use a bike that has no useful life left in it, secure the parts such that they can't be stripped off or are effectively worthless (spot-welding has been done on many of the past bikes). The bike should be reasonably like something the victim might have ridden (e.g. probably no step-through frame or BMX bike for an adult male). Tires on the rim looks much better than no tires.  In terms of paint, the name brand ($5-6) can cover a bike with one can, wheras the budget stuff ($1-3) will take 2-3 cans. Stay away from reflective or otherwise "fancy" paint-- it almost always has undesired consequences (e.g. glow in the dark paint goes on kind of yellowish and doesn't glow enough to be noticeable, reflective paint is expensive and ends up not looking "white" when the light hits it.)

Despite the ordinance, many Ace stores do have spray paint in stock but you have to ask for it.

Otherwise there's Cicero/Evanston.



Bikefreeek said:

This can be done at WTB on Thursday evening if someone else can organize.
I can bring 2 road bikes & a heavy chain & will try & get some white paint

h' said:

Sounds great. Thursday at WTB-- what time? Who will be "the organizer?"

I have a rehearsal Thurs night but will try to get a sign made or at least started tonight.

As an aside I'll try to get hold of Jackie Michon's boss to find out if there's a plan for a GB for her in the works (forgot the number at home today)-- it's not much harder to crank out two bikes than it is one once you get the people and supplies together.

I'll put some "how-to" notes together tonight. In terms of making a bike the basics are to use a bike that has no useful life left in it, secure the parts such that they can't be stripped off or are effectively worthless (spot-welding has been done on many of the past bikes). The bike should be reasonably like something the victim might have ridden (e.g. probably no step-through frame or BMX bike for an adult male). Tires on the rim looks much better than no tires.  In terms of paint, the name brand ($5-6) can cover a bike with one can, wheras the budget stuff ($1-3) will take 2-3 cans. Stay away from reflective or otherwise "fancy" paint-- it almost always has undesired consequences (e.g. glow in the dark paint goes on kind of yellowish and doesn't glow enough to be noticeable, reflective paint is expensive and ends up not looking "white" when the light hits it.)

Despite the ordinance, many Ace stores do have spray paint in stock but you have to ask for it.

Otherwise there's Cicero/Evanston.



Bikefreeek said:

This can be done at WTB on Thursday evening if someone else can organize.

How many people do you need to prep and deploy the bike? I can be available Thursday night.

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