The Grease Pit: Closed for now

About two weeks ago, my bike started to sound like a saw through steel: squeaking, whining, crunching–and for a week I pretended not to hear it. I deluded myself with complex It’ll-go-away-on-its-own scenarios because, living in an apartment on a student’s budget, I have neither space nor resources for most of my DIY bike projects. In the past, I’d always been able to go to the Grease Pit, a wonderful, volunteer-run bike shop on the West Bank stocked with all the tools and bike parts a biker needs, and all for whatever you’re able to donate. But just before my bike started what seemed like its broken finale, I heard that the Grease Pit was closed.

They’d been booted from their building (the same building as Palmer’s bar) along with the Bedlam Theater because the building’s owner (incidentally, a mosque that a volunteer at the Grease Pit said had been a great co-tenant and very friendly) needed more space. So, knowing I couldn’t take my broke-down bike to the Pit and not prepared to pay a mechanic way more than I would’ve spent fixing it myself, I stalled until I heard that the Hub’s Minnehaha store has a DIY bike stand where, for five bucks an hour, you can use tools, chain oil, and grease. So I went, and after an hour of very friendly service (and some help) from the staff, I left with a bike that’s now singing a new (silent) tune. Thanks, Hub!

2 Comments so far

  1. Erica (unregistered) on October 16th, 2006 @ 10:44 pm

    I didn’t know you could do that there. That’s neat. Although I’m not so much into the biking that I’d even know how to make use of it.

    I’ve bought all the bike accessories I have at The Hub and also had my bike serviced there. They’re pretty cool.

  2. DaveP (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 4:25 am

    Freewheel has a self-service bike repair area, too (and has forever). $10/hour.

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