Rolling Wrench Mobile Bikeshop is moving across the country!
I opened Rolling Wrench in the Spring of 2011, in Boston, MA. It has been the most exciting and rewarding thing I have ever done. In November, I will be moving across the country to Portland, OR. I am raising funds to build up a new and improved mobile bike shop that will not only repair bicycles, but offer drive-in style movies and occasionally function as a big rolling dance party.
Here's what the Boston shop looked like.
I'm looking to build a similar trailer to service Portland.
This trailer will feature a full working sound system, the ability to power a digital projector (by using an array of automotive batteries and a power inverter) and most importantly, an entire bike shop worth of tools. From this trailer, I will be able to do tune ups, overhauls, wheel truing/building and just about anything else a more traditional bike shop can, but I can do it anywhere you need it done!
Among the things needed for this project are:
Surly Bill Trailer - This thing's amazing, and served me well in the past. It's the only trailer I've found that can hold up to the stress of hauling around 200+ lbs on a daily basis.
Tractor Bike - I'll certainly need a bike to pull this trailer. I'm currently looking at something like the Civia Linden:
Artwork - The artwork for the trailer and bike will be done by Rob Logan of quanya.com.
Tools - Obviously, the key ingredient to the whole endeavor is having the right tools for the job.
Projector - For the bike in movies. I'd really love to run a weekly summer movie series. There are so many great bike movies out there!
FM Transmitter - For broadcasting movie soundtracks without disturbing the neighbors.
Sound System - The jams are what really tie it all together. Speakers, amp, sub and battery make for a party on the fly.
Construction Materials - Plywood, paint, screws - all that stuff that really adds up!
While this is in no way a comprehensive list, these are the major items that funding will be used to purchase.