Gearing up

We’ve been quiet over the Chrtistmas/new Year break and hope you’ve enjoyed yourselves as well.

If you’re looking for some nice bike reading have a look at bike and bicycle tags on

There’s some nice stuff there, and the fixie lovers will enjoy A Taste of The Toast.

Look forward to seeing you all soon.



I am seeking community involvement in an exciting new music performance project Pursuit for the Opening of Mona Foma in Hobart on January 9th. Acclaimed artists Jon Rose and Robin Fox are bringing together a pedal powered orchestra with some specially built bicycle instruments, to create a soundscape in the Mona Foma festival hub for the opening weekend.

You can be involved in a number of ways, from riding your bicycle in the performance – as part of the Unlikely Orchestra (ringing bells, horns or singing)- to participating in workshop builds of new bicycle instruments to be included in the performance. We would love to include cyclists from all over Tasmania in this performance.

There is meant to be a pdf for if you are interested in being a part of this event, but if it’s not working please contact Penny Camens at

Call for involvement

and here’s a link to give you some idea of what it might look like. PURSUIT

Walk Against Warming

Ride your bike to the Walk Against Warming in the Florentine Valley!

This year’s Walk Against Warming starts at 12 noon on Saturday 12th December in Tasmania’s Upper Florentine. The walk will be part of a global day of climate action, coinciding with international climate talks in Copenhagen. Come along to the Walk against Warming and find out how forests help fight climate change, and the positive opportunities for expanding our renewable-energy and low-carbon industries. Make your voice heard! Join the call to world leaders for a strong and fair global climate deal at the Copenhagen climate talks.

Make your trip to the Walk Against Warming carbon neutral. Ride your bike to the Upper Florentine, arriving Friday night, in time to join in the fun. Arrangements will be made for all your gear, the journey will be pre-planned and guides will be with you on the day. Please note: there are a number of hills that you will need to ascend and descend on route to the Upper Florentine.

To find out more about the bike ride, call Jess at Environment Tasmania on (03) 6224 6319 or email

For more info about the Walk Against Warming, visit

Sustainable Living Expo – here we come

Last Sunday was another super Sunday Session, and it was great to have Chris and Chelsea with us.

Possum Angle

We’ve got a load of bikes ready for the Sustainable Living Expo this coming weekend and we’d love to see you there.

Here’s the original post

We also plan to have some auctions throughout the Saturday and Sunday so if you’re interested in getting on the road with a super HBK bike come along and have a look.

Anything we raise from the weekend will help us to get some more tools and parts etc… so that you’re able to come to Bike Kitchen and get involved with building the bike that’s just right for you. Whether it’s for the quick trips around the neighbourhood or your around Australia tourer (go Danny!) you’ll be able to create what you need.

We still need some more friends of Hobart Bike Kitchen to help us man the site over the weekend, if you can help please get in touch at

HBK and the ABC

Bike Kitchen Lads with Andy

You might have heard us on ABC local radio at Ride to Work Day.

Now you can read the article from ABC Local

Also thanks to everyone who came up to ask about what we’re doing, lot’s of positive comments so we hope to have more bodies at the next Sunday Session and some more donations coming our way.

(and thanks to my Dad for the HBK sign)


Tasmanian Mountain Bike Plan – Last chance for public comment

Sport and Recreation Tasmania (SRT) released the draft Tasmanian Mountain Bike Plan for public viewing in September. Interested groups and individuals have until 11 October 2009 to provide comments to the consultants preparing the plan.

The draft plan, attachments and summary are available at the SRT website:
Further information can be found at the SRT website or by contacting Keith Ryan, Project Manager on
(03) 6336 2011.

Ride To Work Day – 1 Week To Go

Hopefully you saw the earlier post for Ride To Work Day 2009.

It’s one week to go and it would be great to have all the Bike Kitchen supporters at the Mawson Place breakfast.

We’re going to have a small display with the great video from Liam and Katie and some of the photos from the site and others.

Please call by and have a chat if you’re at all interested in Bike Kitchen.

We can give you the details of our next session as there is plenty to do before the Sustainable Living Expo.

Alleycat – Sept. 12th 2009

The wonderful people at Bottles ad Chains have an Alleycat organised for this weekend.

Check it out.

We look forward to the day when we can see an Alleycat where everyone is on a bike they have built at HBK.

Put in the time at HBK and not only can you help someone else pick up some bike building skills but you might enhance your own.

Ride To Work Day – 14th October 2009

If you think that as summer approaches you’d like to add some more exercise to your day then Ride to Work Day offers the incentive to get the bike out from the garage, get yourself organised and try cycling to work.

Ride to Work Day is a national event and is about encouraging workers to feel good and have fun by commuting to work by bike and experiencing the health, financial and environmental benefits of riding.

One of the core events of Ride to Work day is the community breakfast program which is held around the nation. This year Hobart will have two community breakfasts:

Hobart Waterfront – CyclingSouth will again organise a Hobart breakfast for people commuting to the Hobart CBD by bike from 6am to 9am at Mawson Place
Rosny Barn – Clarence City Council is hosting a commuter breakfast at Rosny Barn behind Eastlands from 7am to 9am.

To keep up to date on everything that is happening there check

You can register for Ride to Work Day at and be in the draw to win a Trek 7.6 FX bike valued at $1,999.

Also register before 30th September to go in the draw to win a one of ten V2 PedalPower + chargers for your mobile phone, iPod or GPS*

So you’ll be feeling fitter, helping the environment, getting a free breakfast and have the change to win stuff!

So how do you get started?

The Ride To Work day brochure Everything you wanted to know about riding to work…but were afraid to ask! is a great place to start.

Step 1 Gear up

Dig your bike out of the shed and dust it down.

If you haven’t ridden for a while, chances are the chain could do with some oil and the tyres will need some air. If you’re not sure where to start, ask your local bike shop for advice.

So this weekend just set yourself the task of getting the bike out and making sure it’s rideable.

But what are we here for?

If you need help getting your bike on the road or even if you don’t have a bike but are interested in putting one together then contact us about getting along to a Sunday Session.

A new Trek might be nice, but how good will you feel on your bike which you’ve fixed or even built from the ground up.