Our intention is to hold a Sunday Session, or some other activity, every weekend.
We’ve got a pretty good track record from our time in Taroona and, with the help of the new “chefs” coming on board, expect to be able to keep to that.
But as we are all volunteers, with families and parts of our lifes which aren’t devoted to HBK, it may not always workout that we can schedule a session.
Also some weekends we hope to run sessions at other locations, such as the Sustainable Living Festival, or it could be with your community group.
So how do you know what we’re doing? It’s easy – check the Upcoming Events widget on the left hand side of the page. The event will have the date/time and location of what we’re doing and any other info. which might be useful. Either mouseover or click on the link to see the details.
If it says there’s a problem with the feed that generally means we haven’t anything scheduled.
We have a great partnership with The Wilderness Society and they have given us access on Sunday afternoons to their space. We need to respect that by running sessions as agreed so please only come along when a session is scheduled and don’t turn up on spec.
If you’d like to make a donation and drop stuff off and Sunday afternoon isn’t convenient for you please email us at email@example.com
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It was such a great Sunday session, complete with pictures, that it deserves more than a quick facebook status so here’s Matt’s report from Sunday.
The Sunday session – 27th of the 10th 2013 – Scratch builds, Barn Fresh – Wheel rebuilds.
A balmy 20° greeted all comers including some regulars, two new volunteers, the Brumby family with some donations and a few bikes to tune plus plenty of newcomers with 12 bikes going out the door, 10 tune ups and 25 people through the yard, it was a busy day indeed!
Good thing Bernd was second chef along to help with a ute load of donations collected Saturday and Raf along later in the day to fit a rack to his bike.
Some late comers from two weeks ago, Milad,Hossein,Reza,Mostafo and Sayed that had a look at a few bikes at closing time were back in force today, five in number, and they were ready to take on a few challenges all required larger frame bikes and all quite happy to start their build from the frame up. Sayed was finishing a bike from two weeks ago. This weekend I think we raided every spares box and in true bike kitchen fashion, five great bikes were cooked up. Some strange combinations seem to work, a seven speed hub on a five-speed shift coupled with a three speed crank on what originally was two speed derailleur. The boys seemed happy to help each other out and with a flurry of tools and many hands the finished products were ridden home with smiles all round.
Zach a new volunteer on the day was thrown in the deep end with Ellen bringing in a barn fresh crusty old rust red classic complete with dynamo lighting system and was quite happy to spend the next two hours completely rebuilding it hubs, wheels, brakes, second-hand chain, cables second-hand grips and to my surprise the finished project rode out the door. I seriously thought it would take two weeks to build. Well done Zach & Ellen. Sorry I missed a photo of the finished product.
Over the last 3 weeks we have had a go at a stubborn hub with collapsed bearings – took the bull by the horns today, and with no suitable replacement wheel laced a new hub and the “wheel gods” were shining – trued up and back on to complete the repair on Sayed’s bike.
Warren dropped in to help – great help sorting for bits and help out – thanks
Geof also in to help and volunteer his time and expertise.
Shaadeh came in to adjust and finish of his bike with a few tyres required – how many puncture repairs did we do today? – all sorted and on the road again.
Elliot in for some bits to build a polo bike – sourced them all and build on the way.
Joel and his mate from Germany were in to build a bike but heading north so took there nearly complete projects home to finish – I think they are going to ride around Tassie on them!
We had Garry, Butler and Roland in building bikes but they were lost in the crowd so missed them on the way out!
Plenty of donations on the day – shoes, lights, gloves.
The Bike Kitchen is Alive and Kicking!
Have you checked out the Auctions Bikes – 2013 page?
This would be our best collection of auction bikes yet, and we’re looking for two great auctions at the Sustainable Living Festival on 9th and 10th November.
But we only have 15 minutes each day, so there’ll be no long sales pitches, no slow negotiations, no masterful auctioneers working the crowd – it’s going to be best bid in, yes, Going, Going Gone!
So make sure you get along to the auctions, or get your bids in to us beforehand either by email or at the HBK marquee on the day at the Festival.
Please spread the news as the funds we raise from the auction keep HBK running (insurance, incorporation, registrations, tools, consumables, etc… ).
So the better we do at the auction means more services we have to offer, and that you can keep benefitting from HBK.
Filed under: Announcement, Sunday Session | Tags: bikes, hobart, working bee
It was a spring clean sort of a Sunday at HBK this weekend. Fortunately the strong winds of Saturday had abated, and the forecast rain stayed away.
At long last we had the ‘bones’ for the keenly awaited bike hanging structure – 6 pairs of steel posts and about 50m of hardwood rails combine to make a 13 metre long shelter. We had a long roll of shadecloth, hundreds of gang nails, dozens of hooks, several drills, a ladder, and a vague plan. Our goal was to provide our oft-rained on bikes with some semblance of shelter, and the ability to have their running gear free from weedy entanglements.
Ben, Matt and Maddie did a huge job cutting and fixing the shadecloth, ably helped out by Alex and Aaron. They were later joined by Lance and Bernd who assisted with the drilling, and screwing in of hooks (until we ran out!). Lance and Ben then made significant inroads on sorting of bikes. It seemed appropriate that the first bike hung was a girls Huffy “Show Off” (geez it was heavy).
The planned configuration is to have kids bikes closest to the shed, and a dedicated bay at the far end for ‘project bikes’ – those that have tags on and have been worked on in past 3 weeks. We also have a heap of frames which we’ve hung quite closely in the middle section, in order to make best use of the space. Over next few weekends a few ‘cull or keep’ decisions will be made with regard to a heap of kids bikes and MTBs.
As you see in the photos 1 and 3 it was a great day of ‘VP’ (visual progress) and to think we also had about 14 people there at times working on a whole range of bikes – classic ladies step throughs, polo bikes in various states of repair and more.
So if you are thinking of coming to HBK this coming weekend it would be ace if you could lend a hand to fix the last bit of shadecloth. The sooner we get this job out of the way the sooner we get to fix bikes.
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We had a plan but why should that get in the way of some HBK bike loving.
As you can read below and check out the photos it was a great day to get some bikes fixed, but we do have to complete the sorting and moving of bikes, move the green waste and getting the bike racking completed.
So if you are thinking of coming to HBK this weekend please be aware that bike fixing will be a lower priority to doing the other tasks. That doesn’t mean don’t come. Please come along and lend a hand. The sooner we get the other chores out of the way the sooner we get to fix bikes.
It was a supersized Sunday at HBK this weekend.
The sun came out and so did the cyclists seeking some HBK bike love.
Matt and Maddie did a huge job helping out the punters, we must have had 20 people there at times working on a whole range of bikes, classic ladies step through getting attnetion, a dad working on kids bike, one of the 22″ 3 speed folders going, bunch of road bikes in various states of repair and more.
We also had a assistant chef, who had got a bike recently and came back to lend a hand.
Apologies that I’ve forgotten his name, but Matt will be able to enlighten us.
Mark and Ben got the bikes moved from their previous area and roughly sorted into piles. We’ve got about the right number of MTB/flat bar cruisers, good number of kids bikes, a mixed assortment opf the retro/classics bikes but probably too many frames with a lot of work to do, and very few road bikes.
We did give a trailer load of bikes to Ant Edler and the Bikes for Africa project, though not as many as might have thought.
We also have a heap of frames which we’ll have to decide are worth keeping or not as well as a heap of kids bikes not worth retaining.
Bernd and Ben then got into the tree removal, removing the large woody weed we had many of the bikes stored under.
Hope the thumb is feeling better Bernd.
We didn’t have the time to take the green waste away on Sunday, so next Sunday when we’ll have to have a no. of tip runs.
Filed under: Announcement
HBK Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 14th August
6:00 – 7:00
New Sydney Hotel
If you’re interested in playing a part with HBK please come along to the AGM.
Whatever time or skills you have we’ll be happy to have you join us as we save the world one bicycle at a time.
You should be able to click the button below and let us know if you are coming.
If it doesn’t work or all seems too hard, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Filed under: Sunday Session
Another Super Sunday was had at HBK Central.
There may have been showers about but not enough to dampen the enthusiasm for bikes and bike fixing as you can see below.
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There’s certainly no winter lull at HBK. The new site – thanks TWS – is proving really successful and every Sunday so far has been great, plenty of you wanting to get some more bikes on the road and chefs to help out.
This Sundays session of bicycle fixing madness was just smashing. Matthew and Lance were resplendant in their chef’s hats and were admirably assisted by both Raf and little Madeline who surpassed all expectations for a young lady bicycle mechanic.
At the conclusion of our summit, the executive summary indicated that we had definitely released 3 additional bikes out into the world, (plus another possible which I did not personally confirm!) We also saw a frame head off for some home repair, and a bunch of broken old wheels roll away for some inexplicable art project.
As you can see from the photos, there was much happiness with the new machines.
But wait there’s more. Actually there are more bikes, more bikes coming in than going out, so don’t wait till summer has arrived come along to HBK get working on your new bike project now and you’ll be ready and riding as the days get longer.