FREE Bike Maintenance Training Course

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.

Check out the form for more details and registration info.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1d8X9q1DrE97e2YTMHEX47dSHj06HDijjKStBjhYVY7g/viewform

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Speak up for Battery Point Walk & Cycleway

Comment period closes THIS THURSDAY.

Unless Council receive positive support for the proposal, a handful of Battery Point residents are likely to kill this great idea.

Bicycle Tasmania have set up a great page set up on their website about it http://www.biketas.org.au/speak_up_for_battery_point_walk_cycleway – including a super-easy-to-use, template email representation.

Artist's mpression from the planning documentation
Artist’s impression from the planning documentation

Would you like to join us for lunch?

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)

Bike Love,
Mark

How are we going?

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.

Bike Love, HBK

 

Argosy - do you know where they're from
Argosy – do you know where they’re from
Love that detail
Love that detail
painted rims!
painted rims!
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Needs some love
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Argosy

 

 

Bike Auction 2013

Have you checked out the Auctions Bikes – 2013 page?

This would be our best collection of auction bikes yet, and we’re looking for two great auctions at the Sustainable Living Festival on 9th and 10th November.

But we only have 15 minutes each day, so there’ll be no long sales pitches, no slow negotiations, no masterful auctioneers working the crowd – it’s going to be best bid in, yes, Going, Going Gone!

So make sure you get along to the auctions, or get your bids in to us beforehand either by email or at the HBK marquee on the day at the Festival.

Please spread the news as the funds we raise from the auction keep HBK running (insurance, incorporation, registrations, tools, consumables, etc… ).

So the better we do at the auction means more services we have to offer, and that you can keep benefitting from HBK.

Structured Sunday…for bike organising

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.

1_Start of session
1 Start of session
2_Shadecloth up and drilling begins
2 Shadecloth up and drilling begins
3_End of session
3 End of session
4_view from the kiddies end
4 view from the kiddies end
5_neatly ordered frames
5 neatly ordered frames
6_Aaron working on his steed
6 Aaron working on his steed

Supersized Sunday

We had a plan but why should that get in the way of some HBK bike loving.

As you can read below and check out the photos it was a great day to get some bikes fixed, but we do have to complete the sorting and moving of bikes, move the green waste and getting the bike racking completed.

So if you are thinking of coming to HBK this weekend please be aware that bike fixing will be a lower priority to doing the other tasks. That doesn’t mean don’t come. Please come along and lend a hand. The sooner we get the other chores out of the way the sooner we get to fix bikes.

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It was a supersized Sunday at HBK this weekend.

The sun came out and so did the cyclists seeking some HBK bike love.

Matt and Maddie did a huge job helping out the punters, we must have had 20 people there at times working on a whole range of bikes, classic ladies step through getting attnetion, a dad working on kids bike, one of the 22″ 3 speed folders going, bunch of road bikes in various states of repair and more.

We also had a assistant chef, who had got a bike recently and came back to lend a hand.

Apologies that I’ve forgotten his name, but Matt will be able to enlighten us.

Mark and Ben got the bikes moved from their previous area and roughly sorted into piles. We’ve got about the right number of MTB/flat bar cruisers, good number of kids bikes, a mixed assortment opf the retro/classics bikes but probably too many frames with a lot of work to do, and very few road bikes.

We did give a trailer load of bikes to Ant Edler and the Bikes for Africa project, though not as many as might have thought.

We also have a heap of frames which we’ll have to decide are worth keeping or not as well as a heap of kids bikes not worth retaining.

Bernd and Ben then got into the tree removal, removing the large woody weed we had many of the bikes stored under.

Hope the thumb is feeling better Bernd.

We didn’t have the time to take the green waste away on Sunday, so next Sunday when we’ll have to have a no. of tip runs.

Starting off slowly
Starting off slowly
Great work Dad
Great work Dad
Now we're rocking it
Now we’re rocking it
Now you see it
Now you see it
Now you don't
Now you don’t