About London Bike Kitchen
Many people are happy to just take their bike to a chain store and get it serviced or fixed without knowing why it needed work or how it was repaired. Not everyone thinks like this. For some London cyclists, cycling is more than just about riding fast or getting from A to B. It is a social experience. It is about being a part of a community and learning new skills. Some people love to get stuff done and meet others like them!
Based just off the Regent’s Canal in London’s trendy Haggerston, the super friendly London Bike Kitchen is a wonderful resource for the city’s cycling community. The LBK is run by ever enthusiastic Jenni Gwiazdowski and she and her team provide a space for people to repair and modify their bikes as well as fostering an environment of self-empowerment. You can take maintenance classes and hire their tools to ‘fix shit’ yourself, or you can simply leave your bike in the capable hands of their mechanics if a task is too complex.
The team at the LBK are evangelical about the humble bicycle:
Bicycles are amazing machines capable of transforming their riders physically, socially and emotionally, as well as help the environment around them.
This enthusiasm is infectious and we at MadeGood love that attitude. In a short space of time they have become a key part of the cycling scene and their hard work has been rewarded by winning Best Community Project at the London Cycling Campaign’s Cycling Awards in 2013.
If you feel suitably enamoured by the gang and their services, then a membership scheme is available to get you money off things like tool hire… as well as bottomless tea and coffee. People love using the bike kitchen and return there time after time to build up bikes, have fun and meet like minded cyclists.
London Bike Kitchen in their own words
The London Bike Kitchen is an open DIY workshop where you can work on your own bike instead of giving it to someone else.
We’re here to:
a) Promote self-reliance and confidence through education
b) Make cycling accessible and affordable
c) Get more people of all backgrounds on bicycles
We have a full tool library, mechanics on hand to help and courses to build skills so that you can learn how to take care of your sweet two-wheeled machine: Intro to Bike Maintenance, Bike Building, Wheel Building, Total Overhaul and Long Distance Tour Preparation. To enhance your experience we’ll also hold women + gender-variant nights, monthly rides, bicycle-related events (including the infamous Bicycle Bingo) and give Members Only Perks.
As a non-profit, our goal is to create a workshop that is self-sustaining and open to everyone. The money that you spend here will subsidise classes and shop time for those from disadvantaged backgrounds, allowing them to gain access to bikes and bicycle education.
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