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SCUL's bike shop is available to Asylum members.


The bicycle shop is available to Asylum members any time except during SCUL's weekly MRC (Maintenance, Repair and Construction) event and mission time from April through October. Those hours are typically 5:00 pm Saturday until 7:00 am Sunday.


SCUL has a weekly bicycle-hack-session called Basenite on Tuesday evenings from approximately 7 pm until whenever. Asylum members are welcome to stop in and join in the fun! SCUL loves bicycles. SCUL pilots may even chip in and help with your repair or hack, depending how busy it is.


The prerequisite for using any tools in the bike shop is attending a free introductory training. Trainings are offered by appointment that you can set up with Hackworth E-mail h4ckw0r+h anytime.

Available tools

A complete and thorough list of tools available in the bike shop is provided as part of the free introduction. Available toolboards/boxes are labeled "Shared". Highlights include:

  • Several bike stands
  • Bench vises
  • Solvents, cleaners, lubricants (consider making a small monetary donation if using any of these)
  • Rags
  • Safety glasses and ear protectors
  • Bicycle-construction specific tools
    • Pipe vise
    • Bicycle frame jig
    • Knurlers, guides, frame alignment gauge, blocks, hacksaws, files, a tubing notcher, etc.
    • Wheelbuilding tools, including a truing stand, spoke wrenches, spoke threader, nipple driver and a dishing gauge
    • SCUL-built fork jigs and other special purpose tools
  • Bicycle-maintenance specific tools
    • Headset tools, including a headset press
    • Bottom bracket and cassette removal tools
    • Crank removal tools
    • Cone and pedal wrenches
    • Metric and standard spanners
    • 3rd/4th hand, chain gauges, chain tools, chainring spanners, axle vises, chain whips, cable cutters, etc.
    • Pumps, tire levers, pressure gauges
  • Hand tools
    • Screwdrivers, hammers, pliers, scissors, chisels, sledge hammers, wire cutters, snips
    • Hex (allen) wrenches, all sizes
    • Paint brushes, rulers, vise grips, awls, channel locks, levels

What if I break something or use something up?

It happens. SCUL just needs to know about it so that it can be repaired or replaced.

  1. Take one of the yellow damage tags from the box on the center support of the aisle side of the A-frame bicycle hanger.
  2. Fill it out as descriptively as possible:
    1. Good: "The bicycle pump clamp is damaged and doesn't stay seated on the valve."
    2. Not so good: "This doesn't work!"
    3. Or, if something's used up: "We're out of teflon grease!"
  3. Attach it to the damaged item or the empty container using tape (in a drawer labeled tape in a gray cabinet) or a rubber band cut from inner tube (in the cubbyhole labeled "rubber band stock" in the green cabinet).
  4. For extra credit, notify a SCUL pilot either in person or via e-mail.

Unavailable equipment

None of the remaining equipment in the bike shop is available to Asylum members; higher quality tools are available in other craft areas in the Asylum. For example, drill presses, electronics tools, sewing tools, screenprinting tools and printers, and computers are not available.

Please do not ride any bicycles (ships) unless being guided and invited to do so by a SCUL pilot.


Metal stock, parts in parts bins and drawers, inner tubes/other repair parts, and any and all other parts are not available to Asylum members. Please do not help yourself to any parts or other consumable hardware. However, Somervelo is right around the corner at 361 Somerville Ave.


"Yo dawg, I heard you like trash, so here's some trash to go with your trash..." --Xzibit meme

Here are some guidelines for handling donations to SCUL. People are generous with things they're going to throw out anyway, however, it takes time and energy to put things away, find storage space, or strip frames and take the garbage out. The value of the donation needs to outweight the cost in time and energy to SCUL.

What we accept

  • Earth money (make sure to hand it to yt if it's a large amount; checks can be made out to 'SCUL')
  • Items on the Asylum Wishlist that we can loan to them
  • All usable bicycles
    • Curvy old steel bicycles and frames in usable condition (i.e. not bent or rusted out) for chopping
    • Whole donated bicycles, even if they are aluminum -- if it's not something we'll chop, but it's got resale value of $50 or more, we will repair it and sell it on Craig's List
  • Items that are used up frequently, like inner tubes, tri-flow, rags, fasteners, abrasives, beer molecules
  • Items that are used infrequently but are in short supply (check stock levels before accepting)
  • High-quality bike parts (if you don't know if it's high quality, ask someone to assess it for accepting it)
  • Tools that significantly expand our capabilities hackworth or Skunk if it takes up a lot of space first, otherwise consider donating it to the Asylum)
  • Raw materials for specific, active projects (i.e. plywood if we're building wood shelving)

What we don't accept

  • Items not explicitly described on the list above
  • Low-quality, not easily repairable department-store bikes e.g. Huffy, Murray, AMF, Sears
  • Bikes that are just frames.
    • See above for BikeSnotBombs criteria.
  • Rusted out or damaged steel bike frames
  • Crappy bike parts
  • Babies

How to handle a donation

  • If it's earth money, drop it in the head of the robot by the entrance to SCUL's space or hand it to yt.
  • Find a SCUL pilot and ask them to handle the donation by tagging it with a donation tag or putting it away.

Please do not leave donated items in SCUL space if you cannot find a pilot.


Wanna get involved? The best way to do so is to come to basenite and introduce yourself!

More questions? E-mail h4ckw0r+h anytime.

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