This black box was a mobile workshop. Pearce, the manager of this unit, travels to businesses and apartment blocks fixing a number of bicycles. While he was explaining the concept I began to remember the times I needed a mobile workshop when my bicycle decided to go on strike.
Pearce explained that for effectiveness, and efficiency, it was better to visit one building which had a number of bikes to repair than to visit one location with one bicycle. Of course, I can understand the logistics as well as the effort carting a "heavy metal" tool box up and down some of Perth's streets. That alone would be a "Tour de France" workout.
The little box of trick at Dismantle's Headquarters
Apart from offering this service, Dismantle is also runs the non-for-profit program called The Bike Rescue Project. When it was first launched in Midland, this program allowed children, between the age of 10 and 14, to re-build a bicycle with recycled parts. This not only taught the valuable life skills of responsibility, ownership and empowerment, it also taught mechanical skills which children can take with them into adulthood.
Kids learning valuable life skills (photo courtesy of Dismantle
Dismantle understand the value of education and offer mechanical courses to the public. These courses run for two hours and are structured in a way which everyday cyclists can learn more about bicycle repairs. Finally you can know the different between the front wire and the back wire, and cutting the blue one was probably not a very good idea! You can book a spot in one of the classes at the Dismantle Website for a fee of $55.00 per person.
Dismantle's head office can be found in Fremantle along Adelaide Street. Visiting these premises is very rewarding as you can witness, first hand, how one can take something ordinary and make it extraordinary.
If you are part of a group of commuters (or cyclists) with bicycles in need of some very much 'T.L.C' then why not contact Dismantle. It is the bike repair shop that comes to you!