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 such a great Sunday session, complete with pictures, that it deserves more than a quick facebook status so here’s Matt’s report from Sunday.
The Sunday session – 27th of the 10th 2013 – Scratch builds, Barn Fresh – Wheel rebuilds.
A balmy 20° greeted all comers including some regulars, two new volunteers, the Brumby family with some donations and a few bikes to tune plus plenty of newcomers with 12 bikes going out the door, 10 tune ups and 25 people through the yard, it was a busy day indeed!
Good thing Bernd was second chef along to help with a ute load of donations collected Saturday and Raf along later in the day to fit a rack to his bike.
Some late comers from two weeks ago, Milad,Hossein,Reza,Mostafo and Sayed that had a look at a few bikes at closing time were back in force today, five in number, and they were ready to take on a few challenges all required larger frame bikes and all quite happy to start their build from the frame up. Sayed was finishing a bike from two weeks ago. This weekend I think we raided every spares box and in true bike kitchen fashion, five great bikes were cooked up. Some strange combinations seem to work, a seven speed hub on a five-speed shift coupled with a three speed crank on what originally was two speed derailleur. The boys seemed happy to help each other out and with a flurry of tools and many hands the finished products were ridden home with smiles all round.
Zach a new volunteer on the day was thrown in the deep end with Ellen bringing in a barn fresh crusty old rust red classic complete with dynamo lighting system and was quite happy to spend the next two hours completely rebuilding it hubs, wheels, brakes, second-hand chain, cables second-hand grips and to my surprise the finished project rode out the door. I seriously thought it would take two weeks to build. Well done Zach & Ellen. Sorry I missed a photo of the finished product.
Over the last 3 weeks we have had a go at a stubborn hub with collapsed bearings – took the bull by the horns today, and with no suitable replacement wheel laced a new hub and the “wheel gods” were shining – trued up and back on to complete the repair on Sayed’s bike.
Warren dropped in to help – great help sorting for bits and help out – thanks
Geof also in to help and volunteer his time and expertise.
Shaadeh came in to adjust and finish of his bike with a few tyres required – how many puncture repairs did we do today? – all sorted and on the road again.
Elliot in for some bits to build a polo bike – sourced them all and build on the way.
Joel and his mate from Germany were in to build a bike but heading north so took there nearly complete projects home to finish – I think they are going to ride around Tassie on them!
We had Garry, Butler and Roland in building bikes but they were lost in the crowd so missed them on the way out!
Plenty of donations on the day – shoes, lights, gloves.
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.
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.
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.
There’s certainly no winter lull at HBK. The new site – thanks TWS – is proving really successful and every Sunday so far has been great, plenty of you wanting to get some more bikes on the road and chefs to help out.
This Sundays session of bicycle fixing madness was just smashing. Matthew and Lance were resplendant in their chef’s hats and were admirably assisted by both Raf and little Madeline who surpassed all expectations for a young lady bicycle mechanic.
At the conclusion of our summit, the executive summary indicated that we had definitely released 3 additional bikes out into the world, (plus another possible which I did not personally confirm!) We also saw a frame head off for some home repair, and a bunch of broken old wheels roll away for some inexplicable art project.
As you can see from the photos, there was much happiness with the new machines.
But wait there’s more. Actually there are more bikes, more bikes coming in than going out, so don’t wait till summer has arrived come along to HBK get working on your new bike project now and you’ll be ready and riding as the days get longer.
In the middle of Dark Mofo there was an unheralded but nontheless important event happening in Salamanca.
The Hobart Bike Kitchen chefs got together for a time to make sure everyone had met, to talk about what we’re doing and to have a chat.
It might not have moved the world off it’s axis but we did set a World Record for the number of Hobart Bike Kitchen chefs in one place at anytime.
We had 12 wise me sitting around a table and had a great time sharing ideas, looking at ways to improve what we do. We even talked about the “vision thing”.
There are plenty of things happening with plumbing, the new bike hanging gazebo, tools and other events we’ll start planning for.
But most of all it was great to share the cameraderie of all these people who want to make the world a better place.
Not so much making the world a better place one bike at a time, more one more confident bike owner and bike at a time.
I know that unless there’s a photo on the internet then the event never happened, sadly we were too busy having a good time to worry about dragging the technology out (call us old school). So I can only leave you with this