Hobart Bike Kitchen

So when are you open? by markpa
May 2, 2013, 12:55 pm
Filed under: Announcement, Sunday Sessions, Welcome

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 hobartbikekitchen@gmail.com

Thank you to the Cykel Chefen by hobartbikekitchen
November 13, 2014, 12:13 pm
Filed under: Announcement | Tags: ,

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 by markpa
July 29, 2014, 9:18 pm
Filed under: Announcement

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.

Speak up for Battery Point Walk & Cycleway by markpa
May 13, 2014, 9:53 pm
Filed under: Announcement

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? by markpa
March 12, 2014, 1:13 pm
Filed under: Announcement

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,

How are we going? by markpa
February 21, 2014, 11:04 am
Filed under: Announcement

Well it has been a while since a blog post, so are we still a going concern?

Happily, I can say we’re very much still in business. Actually we’ve been so busy that we’ve struggled for time to take photos and write blog posts hence the lack of new material.

Sunday Sessions are rocking along with many bikes coming and going and a great mix of people turning up.

We’ve had young guys following up the PULSE sessions Matt ran to get some reflectors and lights,
past session participants dropping in for a tune up,
Finn from England required a bike to take him round Tassie and eventual on to Queensland or Northern Territory…,
we’ve worked on Bike Polo bikes,
international students looking for a bike,
& various bikes for many happy riders

We have had a couple of Sundays where we haven’t been able to get a chef into the kitchen so please check the Upcoming Events widget on the left hand side of the page to confirm that a session is on, and where it might be in case we’re running the session elsewhere.

While I don’t have a bunch of pictures to illustrate that here are some of a lovely donation which we’re looking forward to finding a loving home.

Bike Love, HBK


Argosy - do you know where they're from

Argosy – do you know where they’re from

Love that detail

Love that detail

painted rims!

painted rims!


Needs some love





Barn Fresh Bikes by markpa
October 28, 2013, 9:41 am
Filed under: Sunday Session

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!

Regards Matt

Hobart Bike Kitchen

Hobart Bike Kitchen







to all

to all

from near

from near

or far

or far

to learn

to learn

to share

to share

to add colour

to add colour

and benefit

and benefit

all of Hobart

all of Hobart

Bike Auction 2013 by markpa
October 22, 2013, 11:14 am
Filed under: Announcement | Tags: , ,

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.


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