Cycling at COP27

Last year we posted re the the paucity of cycling on the COP26 main event, this year I don’t know if much has changed inside. But outside of the event there are a range of cycling stories.

Something Egyptian from the city of Cairo.

Something from London.

Something from the UCI.

You can ride there from Cairo

Or you can make a proper statement on what cycling can mean for all of us and ride from Sweden, at the age of 72, ride through 17 countries and travel nearly 9000 kilometers.

Chapeau Dorothee Hildebrandt

Dorothee Hildebrandt, 72, rides her bike to the U.N. climate summit COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. AP

Big Bike Film Night

Hi HBK friends here is some info. about upcoming bike film festival screening at the Stanley Bunbury Lecture Theatre, U of Tas, on Tuesday 27th September that brings the world’s best cycling short films together for one night.  

It’s geared to inspire, with an absolutely breath-taking range of short cycling films that celebrate the fun, adventure, and inspiration that cycling enables, whatever your ride is; and this year’s collection has 12 films, runs for just over 2 hours and 20 minutes.

The summmary details the tapestry of inspiring tales/ films that will be showcased, AND… this year every ticket purchased to attend a screening of The Big Bike Film Night goes in the draw to WIN A CYCLING HOLIDAY to New Zealand thanks to the Presenting Partner Ngā Haerenga Great Rides of New Zealand. 

DateHobartTicket Booking LinkFacebook Event page
Tuesday 27th September, 7pmStanley Burbury Lecture Theatre, UofTas

If you have time, please watch the trailer link below, to get an understanding of some of the enticing films in this year’s line-up.  

The Big Bike Film Night Promo Trailer


6 years ago, HBK spawned the crazy offshoot of The Electric Light Bike Orchestra.

Helmed by Lance (one of our long term volunteers and erstwhile HBK President during the transition years from Taroona to the CBD) ELBO was a DIY-Synths-on-Bikes project.  6 of the HBK chefs rode around at night making weird sounds. We used specially made light-sensors so we could get beats and rhythms from our flashing bike lights. IT was weird.  It was crazy. It was entirely home made. It annoyed the neighbours.

Lance did not give up on this, and although ELBO passed away after 3 iterations, his current project – Photosynthesis – is very clearly the grandchild of ELBO.

In its current form, Photosynthesis is a loose collection of artists who come together to explore and experiment on Lance’s now extensive suite of home made synthesisers, modified keyboards, circuit bent toys, hacked guitar pedals, and, of course, a synth-bike beast known as the Warp Generator.

Every item within the pool of instruments is either homemade or hacked in the same spirit as the best Frankenbike that HBK ever produced, and like the Hobart Bike Kitchen,  Photosynthesis is built on a model of interactivity and inclusion.

What that actually means in the real world is that we make an effort to interact with the people and space that we play in by sensing the surrounding light and (with some on the spot tuition) letting people play our instruments a little bit.

Amazingly, somehow, beyond all reasonable expectations of public decency, Photosynthesis now gets gigs at actual events and there are *3* coming up in the next week. All free. All experimental.

On Saturday 30th we will be playing and exploring at the Ability to Create Festival at the Hobart Town Hall between 1-2pm.  As a relatively short set, this will probably be mostly playing and explanations.

Next weekend we will be set up and doing a long form exploration set at the Beaker St Science Festival at TMag. You can find us in the TMag courtyard on both Friday 5th and Saturday 6th between 6pm – 10pm.  We will be taking a long slow journey through a range of sounds and instruments, and will particularly be exploring the effect of sampling the projections done by long term TMag VJ collaborator Cary Littleford. We hope to allow a better deeper interaction with both the environment (ie all the lights around us) and the people who attend.

We don’t know what will happen. But there will be home made synthesisers, lots of lights, strange sounds and a smattering of old upcycled bike parts….

Here’s a link for more on PhotoSynthesis

COVID-19 effects

Hello Hobart Bike Kitchen champions,

In support of social distancing measures and recognising the need to protect vulnerable groups in our community from the corona-virus (COVID-19) situation, we have decided to prioritise the health and safety of our volunteers, you (our valued community) and employees of the Tas Health sector and close the doors of the Hobart Bike Kitchen workshop until things improve.

We fully appreciate that bikes will play a vitally important part in how we move through these immediate challenges and rise to respond to climate change as well and we will post here as soon as we’re ready run our next Sunday session.

Stay safe, look after your bikes and each other in these challenging times

Be the best version of yourselves and practice generosity and compassion wherever you can.

Look forward to seeing you all for our grand re-opening party!

Best wishes

HBK crew

Retro / Classic Cycles available

Are you interested in a retro cycle, perhaps something from 1997 and earlier that might be road or track related.

We have a once a year auction to raise the funds that keep us operating for the rest of the year.

There are some great forums on Facebook and similar where people who have an interest in these bikes get together, generally to share pictures and to offer for sale but not to auction,

We’d like to share with you what we have to offer on this special weekend as there are some bikes that deserve the love of someone with a real passion for them.

Please have a look at what is on offer this year in Auction Bikes – 2016

in particular you might like

Kerry Hopkins

Peugeot Classic Roadie

Repco Superlite

We’re happy to take offers if you can’t attend, or to follow up on any questions you might have re size etc..

We’d also be happy to organise delivery, at your expense,  if you’d like.

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