So when are you open?

Our intention is to hold a Sunday Session, or some other activity, every weekend.

So how do you know what we’re doing? It’s easy – check the Upcoming Sessions 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. Continue reading So when are you open?

The Electric Light Bike Orchestra

So would you like to be a part of the HBK Electric Light Bike Orchestra?

We know bikes are fun, making a bit of noise and playing with lights is fun and we know Dark Mofo will be fun so we’re going to put them all together and have a great night out.

HBK  Electric Light Bike Orchestra

When: Friday 12th June. 9pm

What: Cruise the Dark Mofo waterfront with the Hobart Bike Kitchen’s Electric Bike Light Orchestra as they carve a dark sonic soundscape from the lights and darkness around them.  Bring all of your bike lights and blinkys to be played by the ELBO.

Who: You , and any ‘performers’ who want to wield some weird darkness-controlled noise.

Please contact Lance or HBK directly to discuss this!

So what are we trying to do? We’re planning to build some bike fitted random sound generators, add a bunch of lights, mix with a group of friends and go out and see some of Dark Mofo.

We want you and friends to come and join us on the opening night of this years Dark Mofo to celebrate things dark and light and bike and noisy.

There will be a number of Dark Mofo events suitable for us to ride around to:
there is Radiant Heat and at Dark Park there will be a number of events such as Fire Organ by Bastiann Maris, Anthony McCall’s Solid Light Works, plus whatever else is happening around the waterfront.

It’s also a good bet that once you’ve ridden around in the cold for a bit you might need to find a fire and refreshments. We haven’t got a plan for that yet. Suggestions? Or we might just make it up as we go along.

So you can just grab your headlights and come along, or get as involved as you’d like. If you want to create your own bike instrument the more the merrier.  If you just go the old peg and card in the spokes, we’re not going to say no.

EDIT: Hi everyone we’ve had such an outstanding response that we need to modify the guidelines.

The ELBO will slowly cruise around the Dark MOFO waterfront whilst the orchestra carves a dark droning and shifting 3-dimensional soundscape from the bike lights of the riders who are with us. Dark sounds carved from bright lights.

We want everyone to come along with all of their bike lights on show, and to expect a visually bright, but aurally dark and discordant experience. The aim is light-controlled-sound on a bike, not bike-controlled-sound with lights if that makes sense to you.

We don’t want to descend into a chaotic cacophony of noise and tangled bikes. So please come with lights, we’ll provide the sound.

Here are some samples of what Lance has been able to come up with so far.
SynthJamWsg , Synthjam  MonoTronJam

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So please let us know if you want to join us. I’ll make a Facebook event and you’re invited.

If you have some technical sounds skills we’d love to hear from you. It’s only 4 weeks away and the more interesting instruments that can be built the more fun we’ll be having.

NB this is not an official Dark Mofo event, we think of it as Dark Mofo Fringe.

Bike Love,
Hobart Bike Kitchen

No Sunday Session – 22nd March 2015

NO SUNDAY SESSION
It’s Cycling Sunday and as the headline says a perfect day to get on our bikes.
(though that’s every day)
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/perfect-day-to-get-on-our-bikes/story-fnj4f7k1-1227270558300

 

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Image © Mercury

So we’re getting the bikes out heading off to Bellerive and going for a ride.

We hope you do as well. It doesn’t have to be one of the organised rides, make your own Cycling Sunday and head off with the kids or find a new cafe.

Bike Love,
HBK

New Road Rules

From 25 February new road rules will be introduced on Tasmanian roads to increase the safety of cyclists.

When passing or overtaking a cyclist, a driver will be able to straddle or cross a continuous centre line in order to leave a safe space between their vehicle and the cyclist, when it is safe to do so.

This means to pass a cyclist safely, a driver can cross:

  • a single continuous line;
  • a single continuous line with a broken line on the left or right, or;
  • double continuous lines.

It is recommended that a driver should leave at least one metre clearance between their vehicle and the cyclist on roads up to and including 60 km/h and 1.5 metres on roads above 60 km/h.

To support these changes, new yellow warning signs with the message “pass cyclists safely” will be rolled out along popular cycling routes throughout February and March.

To assist drivers and cyclists to understand the changes, we have developed a web page with a digital clip, depicting how and when to apply the rules, together with common questions and answers.

For more information visit: http://www.transport.tas.gov.au/centrelines

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Thank you to the Cykel Chefen

Thank you to the Cykel Chefen you ask?

Well I’d like to offer a big thank you to everyone from HBK who was involved in making the Sustainable Living Festival another great weekend.

To those who helped get the bikes ready, setup and participated over the weekend thanks very much. I’m pretty sure we all enjoyed ourselves.

To everyone who has donated in the past, or took part in the auctions and especially the auction winners thanks also.

Also it’s an excuse to use an photo from Copenhagen I took while on holidays.

You’ll all be pleased to know that our auctioneers did a stirling job and we reached our target for the weekend and have definitely raised enough to pay the bills and look to do more of the great work we’re known for.

If you want to see more pictures from then weekend check out the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HobartBikeKitchen

Cykel Chefen, Copengahen
Cykel Chefen, Copengahen

FREE Bike Maintenance Training Course

The Hobart Bike Kitchen is running a FREE Bike Maintenance Certificate Course over three consecutive Sundays. The course will be run from 12-1pm (with optional skills practice from 1pm-4pm) on Sunday the 3rd, 10th and 17th of August. Location is 130 Davey St, Hobart.

Check out the form for more details and registration info.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1d8X9q1DrE97e2YTMHEX47dSHj06HDijjKStBjhYVY7g/viewform

Speak up for Battery Point Walk & Cycleway

Comment period closes THIS THURSDAY.

Unless Council receive positive support for the proposal, a handful of Battery Point residents are likely to kill this great idea.

Bicycle Tasmania have set up a great page set up on their website about it http://www.biketas.org.au/speak_up_for_battery_point_walk_cycleway – including a super-easy-to-use, template email representation.

Artist's mpression from the planning documentation
Artist’s impression from the planning documentation

Would you like to join us for lunch?

Hobart Bike Kitchen is having a get together of all the “chefs” and partner organisations to catch up, share what’s happening in the bike world and yours and to see how we can do more good things to help build a stronger Hobart community.

Well that’s the broad plan and we’d love you to come along and join us over a delicious lunch in the sunny backyard of 130 Davey St.

It will be just on a year since we opened the new premises and it’s been great to realise some of the promise that the partnership with TWS promised, and to have had many new Hobart Bike Kitchen customers.

But it’s not just about what we’re doing, we want to hear ideas of how the partnerships we have established can grow.

We’re also hoping to encourage a few more “chefs” to join us. So if you  would be interested in improving &/or sharing your bike maintenance skills please email and we’ll send you an invitation.

Proper chef Paul has already started looking at a menu. As he said we are a multi-cultural bunch and embrace a number of different diets, So here’s a couple of tasters from the menu just to encourage you along.
Felafels (Vegan, Gluten Free)
Potato and Kale Cakes (Vegan, Gluten Free)
Harira (Vegan, Gluten Free) – spicy Moroccan vegetable and chickpea soup
Fried Hokkien Noodles with Tofu and Vegetables (Vegan)

Bike Love,
Mark