One Street Components
We have launched One Street Components in response to the rapid extinction of basic bicycle parts. This components arm became necessary as our Social Bike Business program partners around the world struggle to provide durable transportation bikes to impoverished people in their communities.
Each local Social Bike Business program starts by refurbishing used bikes as they move toward manufacturing their own steel frames, forks and racks. This local manufacturing is necessary as the bike industry no longer produces quality, affordable transportation bikes. But the alarming disappearance of basic bike parts has been hindering even the refurbishing stage.
One Street is working on the design of our first, top priority component—a simple, durable, repairable and affordable bicycle shift lever. Such basic shift levers are no longer available in the U.S. and are vanishing in countries around the world.
Just a few of the design criteria we are following include using very few parts and ensuring that most parts can be replaced with common items. For instance, the top cap will be a bottle cap and the aluminum lever will be cast from scrap such as cans and engine parts.
Next priorities on the extinction alarm list:
- Basic, affordable rear derailleurs made with quality metal (not stamped pot metal) – last sighted in the 1980s;
- Basic, high quality chains for geared bikes that are affordable and don’t require the pin to be replaced every time the chain is broken – nearing extinction.
We need your help to fund this new components program!
Anyone interested in assisting with this effort to design and produce bike parts for the needs of impoverished people please click on the link below:
- DONATE (just note "One Street Components" with your donation)