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.
On a mobile you may need to scroll to the bottom of the page, or go to Upcoming Sessions page by click or via the menu.

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.

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2015/16 AGM invitation

I’m happy to advise that the AGM (& Special General Meeting) will be help on Tuesday 1st November at the New Sydney Hotel commencing at 6pm.
Special General Meeting

That Hobart Bike Kitchen Inc. request the Commissioner for Corporate Affairs exempt our association from an audit for last financial year.

Annual General Meeting

Present & Apologies
Presidents Report
Treasurers Report
Election of Office Bearers
Other Business:
Sustainable Living Festival
Working with MRC and Engineering volunteers

If you have anything you’d like added to other business please let me know.

Also very happy to accept nominations for any positions.

Doesn’t matter if you have been involved with HBK during the last year or not everyone is welcome. If you would like to volunteer for a role,  have an idea on how expand our engagement, have ideas on making HBK better or just want to know more about HBK then please come along .
Hobart Bike Kitchen

Sustainable Living Festival 2016

We’re going to be with all the wonderful people at the Sustainable Living Festival once again.

There will be more stuff coming soon about the Auction Bikes so come back and check that out. In the meantime here’s the run down.

Join us in imagining an AWESOME future this November.

Sustainable Living Festival, 12 – 13 November, Prince’s Wharf 1.

Be inspired by creative expressions of Awesome through story, poetry, music, art, circus and more. Join experts and leaders as they share their own visions of Awesome in the Festival discussions. Speak with our fabulous line up of exhibitors, including the team from TESLA (in Tassie for the very first time) with their new Model S. Smell, taste and delight in some of Tasmania’s finest culinary offerings in our cooking demonstrations.
The Sustainable Living Festival is the place to get the skills, resources and connections you need to take that next step towards your own awesome future.

Follow the Festival online and on Facebook for all the juicy details
and exciting program updates: and

Spring is in the air

While you may not see it from the number of blog posts we’ve had a busy winter.

ELBO rides again was a lot of fun, but the Sunday Sessions have also kept on rolling with a steady stream of happy bikes.

But now the days are getting longer and warmer so if you haven’t already you’ll soon be wanting to get on a bike and enjoy one of the Bicycle Network’s social rides or just do your own thing with friends & family (or sometimes by yourself because that’s good for the soul too).

So make a plan.

  1. Check the Upcoming Sessions
  2. Get along to fix your bike, or one from our donations
  3. Ride

As the saying goes, as easy as 1, 2, 3.

We find as the days get longer, the numbers coming to the Sunday Sessions increases so don’t leave it too long.

Besides the sooner you do it, the sooner you’re out on your bike.

Bike Love, HBK

ELBO rides again

Yes folks, the Electric Light Bike Orchestra rides again.

Dark Mofo is upon us once again, so we’ll be heading out to add some colour, movement and sound to the mid-winter festival.

Lance has had time to add to the repertoire of light driven sound devices, we’ve charged the batteries and turned up the speakers so please come along on Friday 10th June.


We’d love you to join us.

Bring all your lights, the more colourful the better.

Meeting at the Cenotaph from 8:30pm, and heading off en-masse at 9:00pm.

We’ll head off to Evans Street and around the waterfront area. We’ll be out for a couple of hours and you can join us for as little or as long as you want.

Head over to Fbook to let us know you’re joining the event  or like the ELBO page to see some clips and images of what will be rolling out.


State Bike Week 2016

State Bike Week is now earlier on the calendar. This year offers rides and activities in the north, north west and south of the state. Whether you have a road bike, mountain bike, a city bike with a basket or a clunker, find something that suits you and join in.

For the full calendar go here.

Events & Rides in Southern Tasmania
30 Jan-7 Feb 2016

Ride the Night Hobart

Saturday 30 February is Ride the Night, Australia’s biggest mass participation night time bike ride. Riders take to the streets of Hobart at night touring the most iconic landmarks across a 65km route. With entertainment and rest stops along the way featuring local artist, games, food trucks and light shows, this exciting event is not to be missed. Entry fees apply. More>>

Kingborough Treasure Hunt

Held on bush tracks in Peter Murrell Reserve, Huntingfield on Saturday 30 January at 2pm. A great traffic-free family-friendly event. Follow the map, look for clues as you ride the dirt tracks. Do it solo or as a team and ride as much or as little as you like as you collect the clues. Suitable for ages 8 and up (if accompanied by an adult). More>>

Women on Wheels Ride

A 20km relaxed ride for women on Sunday 7 February at 10.30am around Bellerive and the Clarence Foreshore Trail. It’s an excellent opportunity for women who haven’t ridden on the road before to give it a go in a supportive environment. Ken Self Cycles will provide a pre-ride bike check and Clarence Council is providing refreshments. Entry fees apply. More>>

Warm up ride for Women on Wheels

An easy ride for women planning to do the Women on Wheels ride (but others can come too). This is a relaxed ride along the Intercity Cycleway on Wednesday 3 February at 10am. Matt from Hobart Bike Kitchen will provide mechanical support and give your bike a tuneup if necessary so you’ll be ready for the Women on Wheels Ride. More>>

Small Century Ride

A social, friendly ride along the challenging course of the Century Ride from previous Bike Weeks. Held on Sunday 7 February at 9am and led by Peter Thurling it will be a “no drop” ride (ie the group will stick together on climbs and no one will be left behind).
The ride is limited to 25 participants. RSVP to secure your spot. More>>

Two Thirds Century Ride

This is a social, friendly ride along two thirds of the Century Ride course . This will be a supportive cruise along a scenic but challenging route. Held on Sunday 7 February at 11am it will be a “no drop” ride i.e the group will stick together on climbs and no-one will be left behind. Your ride leaders will be Greg Dutkowski and Matt Drake.
The ride is limited to 25 participants. RSVP to secure your spot. More>>

Sustainable Living Festival 2015

It’s only a few weeks away now.

The Sustainable Living Festival is on at Prince’s Wharf No. 1 on the 31st October and 1st of November.

Please come along and say hello at our marquee on the PW1 forecourt.

It’s great to have a chat about what we do, or even better what you’d like to do. So ride on down and take advantage of the valet bike parking as well, before you go off and find some more things to make you happier and healthier.

Please also check out our Auction Bikes 2015 page for your chance to get yourself or a friend the bike they’ll love.

See you soon.

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


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