Sustainable Living Expo – Nov 7-8

We’ve been asked if we can put together a stand for the Sustainable Living Expo in early november organised by Sustainable Living Tas. It seems to be a pretty big deal and could be the perfect lauchpad for HBK into the wider Hobart community.

As coordinating cyclist, I’ve put some ideas to the SL people that they like – namely interactive workshop time and live auctions of bikes that we have built up.

2 things:

1. if you are keen on helping out on that weekend then be in touch
2. If you know of any way of getting hold of a marquee or something similar then be in touch.
and a 3rd. the bikes we are building in the next few weeks will go toward this and are very important to the future of HBK, so get excited and come along to Sunday Sessions to push things forward.

Check out the website Sustainable Living Expo

Sunday Soup

Just a quick update.

We have had a great response from people; some have offered to help out, while others are keen to get a sweet bike or learn the ropes of bike maintenance .

Last Sunday I learned heaps off the boys of Bottles and Chains. This Sunday we are holding another session rain or shine. (bike soup?)

If you would like to get involved please email so we can make you privy to the details.

In other news, watch out for information about HBK’s presence at the Sustainable Living Expo 7&8th of November.

We are always looking for more bike with character. Check out this vintage Malvern Star Cruiser which we about to give a new life to.

Malvern Star

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.

Sunday Session

Backyard of Bicycles

This sunny Sunday was a good time for the shed to disgorge its wares for a sort out and a photo opportunity.

Things are starting to come together. We have invested in a portable workshop stand which means no more working on knees with bike propped against chin.

tools handy

Tool Box

Our newest acquisition is a basic bike toolkit which we got (for a good price) from Cyclingo. ‘Right tool for the right job’ can be now realized!

From now on a ‘Sunday Session’ will be held weekly in the afternoon. Please call ahead so we know to expect you. Anybody who comes along gets our eternal gratitude and maybe some food/drinks. We also planning other events so keep a eye out!

In the beginning…

There was a wordpress page.

Welcome to Hobart Bike Kitchen’s website. Thanks for stopping by.

Currently based in Taroona, over the last few months we have amassed a collection of old bikes. This is what we like to call potential.

blue bike and some frames.

Our aim is to get the whole of Hobart rolling by giving its people access to cheap bikes as well as the tools and knowledge to maintain them.

We are always looking for knowledgeable people to get involved and any donations of bikes, parts or tools are greatly appreciated.