One Street’s Social Bike Business program tackles pervasive poverty through bicycle-related jobs. The Social Bike Business program helps local leaders establish their own local training centers where they can train and employ impoverished locals to design, manufacture and distribute affordable, quality transportation bicycles to people in need.
Each local program begins by refurbishing used bikes, and it’s during this initial stage they encounter the extinction of basic and inexpensive bike parts.
Many older parts such as shifters and affordable derailleurs are no longer available in the United States, according to One Street, and are vanishing in other countries.
In response, One Street launched One Street Components to design and produce these needed components, enlisting the aid of design students to produce components that can be easily manufactured and repaired at low cost. The criteria these students will follow include using very few parts and ensuring that most parts can be replaced with common items. For instance, the top cap could be replaced with a bottle cap or the original aluminum lever could be replaced with carved bone or hardwood.
Their first project will be a set of durable, repairable, recyclable and affordable shift lever. After that, One Street would like Basic, affordable rear derailleurs made with quality metal (not stamped) – last sighted in the 1980s; and a basic, high quality, affordable chain for derailleur geared bikes that don’t require the pin to be replaced every time the chain is broken.
For more information –> One Street Components.