Well I’d like to offer a big thank you to everyone from HBK who was involved in making the Sustainable Living Festival another great weekend.
To those who helped get the bikes ready, setup and participated over the weekend thanks very much. I’m pretty sure we all enjoyed ourselves.
To everyone who has donated in the past, or took part in the auctions and especially the auction winners thanks also.
Also it’s an excuse to use an photo from Copenhagen I took while on holidays.
You’ll all be pleased to know that our auctioneers did a stirling job and we reached our target for the weekend and have definitely raised enough to pay the bills and look to do more of the great work we’re known for.
The Hobart Bike Kitchen is running a FREE Bike Maintenance Certificate Course over three consecutive Sundays. The course will be run from 12-1pm (with optional skills practice from 1pm-4pm) on Sunday the 3rd, 10th and 17th of August. Location is 130 Davey St, Hobart.
Hobart Bike Kitchen is having a get together of all the “chefs” and partner organisations to catch up, share what’s happening in the bike world and yours and to see how we can do more good things to help build a stronger Hobart community.
Well that’s the broad plan and we’d love you to come along and join us over a delicious lunch in the sunny backyard of 130 Davey St.
It will be just on a year since we opened the new premises and it’s been great to realise some of the promise that the partnership with TWS promised, and to have had many new Hobart Bike Kitchen customers.
But it’s not just about what we’re doing, we want to hear ideas of how the partnerships we have established can grow.
We’re also hoping to encourage a few more “chefs” to join us. So if you would be interested in improving &/or sharing your bike maintenance skills please email and we’ll send you an invitation.
Proper chef Paul has already started looking at a menu. As he said we are a multi-cultural bunch and embrace a number of different diets, So here’s a couple of tasters from the menu just to encourage you along.
Felafels (Vegan, Gluten Free)
Potato and Kale Cakes (Vegan, Gluten Free)
Harira (Vegan, Gluten Free) – spicy Moroccan vegetable and chickpea soup
Fried Hokkien Noodles with Tofu and Vegetables (Vegan)
Well it has been a while since a blog post, so are we still a going concern?
Happily, I can say we’re very much still in business. Actually we’ve been so busy that we’ve struggled for time to take photos and write blog posts hence the lack of new material.
Sunday Sessions are rocking along with many bikes coming and going and a great mix of people turning up.
We’ve had young guys following up the PULSE sessions Matt ran to get some reflectors and lights,
past session participants dropping in for a tune up,
Finn from England required a bike to take him round Tassie and eventual on to Queensland or Northern Territory…,
we’ve worked on Bike Polo bikes,
international students looking for a bike,
& various bikes for many happy riders
We have had a couple of Sundays where we haven’t been able to get a chef into the kitchen so please check the Upcoming Events widget on the left hand side of the page to confirm that a session is on, and where it might be in case we’re running the session elsewhere.
While I don’t have a bunch of pictures to illustrate that here are some of a lovely donation which we’re looking forward to finding a loving home.
It was a spring clean sort of a Sunday at HBK this weekend. Fortunately the strong winds of Saturday had abated, and the forecast rain stayed away.
At long last we had the ‘bones’ for the keenly awaited bike hanging structure – 6 pairs of steel posts and about 50m of hardwood rails combine to make a 13 metre long shelter. We had a long roll of shadecloth, hundreds of gang nails, dozens of hooks, several drills, a ladder, and a vague plan. Our goal was to provide our oft-rained on bikes with some semblance of shelter, and the ability to have their running gear free from weedy entanglements.
Ben, Matt and Maddie did a huge job cutting and fixing the shadecloth, ably helped out by Alex and Aaron. They were later joined by Lance and Bernd who assisted with the drilling, and screwing in of hooks (until we ran out!). Lance and Ben then made significant inroads on sorting of bikes. It seemed appropriate that the first bike hung was a girls Huffy “Show Off” (geez it was heavy).
The planned configuration is to have kids bikes closest to the shed, and a dedicated bay at the far end for ‘project bikes’ – those that have tags on and have been worked on in past 3 weeks. We also have a heap of frames which we’ve hung quite closely in the middle section, in order to make best use of the space. Over next few weekends a few ‘cull or keep’ decisions will be made with regard to a heap of kids bikes and MTBs.
As you see in the photos 1 and 3 it was a great day of ‘VP’ (visual progress) and to think we also had about 14 people there at times working on a whole range of bikes – classic ladies step throughs, polo bikes in various states of repair and more.
So if you are thinking of coming to HBK this coming weekend it would be ace if you could lend a hand to fix the last bit of shadecloth. The sooner we get this job out of the way the sooner we get to fix bikes.