Inside the Bicycle: Repair Knowledge for All

  • Tim Dant


This chapter examines how repair empowers the users to intervene inside material objects to postpone their inbuilt obsolescence and eventual disposal as waste. Through studying DIY instructional videos available for free on the Internet, Dant analyses a number that show how to replace worn-out wheel bearings in bicycles. These videos show a variety of possible relations between the repairer and the inner workings of an object. What they have in common is that they invite the viewer to take part in the life of material objects, and thereby take local responsibility for global issues that face us more than ever.



I am most grateful to Christopher Hoyle ( and RJ The Bike Guy ( who gave permission to print images taken from their online videos.


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  • Tim Dant
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  1. 1.Lancaster UniversityLancasterUK

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