Kentish Town Bike Workshop
Transition Kentish Town and Camden Cyclists run free drop in bike maintenance workshops on the first Monday of each month.
Workshop dates and location
We normally hold workshops on the first Monday of each month.
The next one will be 6.30-8.30 pm on Monday 12th May (first Monday is Bank Holiday)
OUTSIDE at the:
As 5th May will be a Bank Holiday, the May workshop will be on 12th but outside as the usual room isn't available. Let's hope for a fine evening.
Extract from email from participant at recent workshops:
I was nervous about attending and I'm not a serious cyclist, but I was made to feel very welcome and treated with the utmost respect. As well as making me feel welcome, they helped fix the problems with my bike and I learnt a few things as well.
This is a really good initiative and it takes the stress off doing the mechanics. Plus it makes my cycling a lot safer, now the brakes are working properly. It felt like I was cycling on a brand new bike this morning :)
Donated bike goes to good cause
We've been given an unused bicycle! TKT will use the bike with a trailer for Vegbox, a new organic veg social enterprise, for delivering vegetables every week to pick up points. Thanks, Sarah!
We accept donated bikes in reasonable condition because they can come in useful now that community centres are getting the idea of having pool bikes.
Tom Allen of Transition Kentish Town email to Tom Allen
Jean Dollimore of Camden Cyclists email to Jean Dollimore
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What is a drop in workshop?
You come with your bike and book in to see one of our mechanics. When it's your turn, the mechanic will show you how to check your bike and then teach you how to do any necessary repair yourself. While you're waiting for your turn, you can observe what others are doing and sample a piece of our cake. The mechanics have their own tools and some basic spare parts (brake pads, cables, inner tubes, repair kits) which you can buy. If your bike needs a part we haven't got, then you can bring it with you to the next workshop.
We plan to focus on easily do-able repairs, like cables, tyres/inner tubes, tuning gears etc, as these are the type of things that people will be able to do for themselves in the future. If your bike requires a complex, time-consuming repair we will advise you as how to get it done.
The workshops are free but donations will be welcome.
Pictures of earlier workshops
The first two workshops were held under the canopy outside Kentish Town Station in June and July 2012.
See photos below (by Paul Braithwaite). Click on a photo to see an enlargement,