Pancakes in the Park

There is NO Sunday Session this weekend. Hobart Bike Kitchen has been invited to participate in the Pancakes in the Park Event which is happening Sunday Morning.


Pancakes in the Park, Sunday 22nd Nov, 10am – noon.
D’Arcy St Park, South Hobart.

What is it:
“The event is from 10AM – 12 on sunday 22nd.
The idea is for people to come along and eat free pancakes and get to know their neighbours. It is also for people to begin to learn what skills people have locally and to sort of set up a skills fair. So i might babysit your child if you cut my hair and made me a cake.
The event is aimed at those living in south Hobart, but its not exclusive so even if people are not in the area  is is still ok to come.
its a big social experiment which may fall flat or may be a roaring success.”

The thought of free pancakes was too much to resist.

If your about it would be great to drop in, especially if you live in or near south Hobart.

We are going to bring along a good set of tools and will be working away but won’t have access for all the spare parts etc we have at HBK HQ.

I’m considering running a 5pm onwards Session on a weekday to make up, get in touch if you’d be interested in this.

Also if your without a bike we now have so many different bikes that I’m sure we could find you a suitable project to work with so no excuses, come along.


Sustainability Expo Report

Hobart Bike Kitchen’s presence at the Sustainability Expo was a great success.

In the end we sold 14 bikes, some of those were at auction which was some entertainment. I’m not sure if the crowd was laughing with us or at us! We raised over $600 in funds which will be put to good use in the future.

The expo was also an opportunity to talk to heaps of people and get the word out. Contacts we made during the weekend should lead to some great opportunities for us to get out into the community. We are especially excited with some kids summer programs that will soon be organised.

HBK StallHBK Stall 2

Thanks to everyone who came along and had a chat to us, it was great to talk to you all.

Special thanks to those who helped it happen: Wade and Mick for helping manning the stall, Andy and Rodger for providing some of the bikes and the sustainability expo crew for putting on a great event.

Thanks also to Tim for the above photos, and to Simon for the shade tent.

We’ve had some lovely feedback since the event, and here’s a quote from Bronwyn

“I am the very excited new, old bike owner who fixed their bike up with a new gear cable on Sunday at the Sustainable Living Expo. When I got home my friend and I got out the tools and added more features like lights and a bag rack. Anyway today is a beautiful day, but I am at work with this new bike love in my heart, it’s distracting and I haven’t even taken it for a proper ride yet. I can’t stop thinking about how important the work you’re doing is for the community and I wonder if through my work I might be able to help get your message out there.”

We want to spread more bike love.

If everyone on the planet did get everything they ever wanted, we would have disappeared from existence a long time ago.

A great quote from Andy Vagg who came along to a Sunday Session and has given the HBK heaps of useful advice and inspiration.

Check out his Site were the humble 10 Speed Road Bike is celebrated.

Andy is also involved in the AppleLand a exhibition of  pictures that have been salvaged from McRobies Gully Waste Management Centre in South Hobart, Tasmania by Resource Work Cooperative.

Sunday Session 18/10

This Sundays Session was the best yet.

More bikes were completed for the Sustainability Expo. We had people along learning skills and building up their bikes, people coming along to find frames and parts and amazing people donating their time and their stuff to Hobart Bike Kitchen. Thanks to everyone involved!

A Special shout out goes to Rodger Willows whose donations nearly doubled the amount of bikes we have as well as including boxes of parts and tools! We are still sorting through what we received (and trying to fit it all in our Shed!) No doubt his generosity will let us help heaps of people onto their bikes this coming summer.

To those of you who have contacted HBK about donations, thank you and we will try to get in touch with you tomorrow. Its a very busy time for all the volunteers at HBK and pickup of your donations is complicated by the fact I’ve finally  gotten rid of my ute and therefore am in the enviable position of being car free. We will organise something with you soon. Thanks for your patience.

With all the bikes and action happening at the HBK headquarters, we are fast running out of storage space. Long-term we are always interested in any offers of a secure space closer to the Hobart CBD. If you have any information about any unused space, please hit us up.

Sadly, there won’t be a Sunday Session next weekend(25/10)  as some key members will be unavailable. So we hope to see you all the weekend afterwards.