A bit smaller (and more like a bike)

We recently extended our hours to include Tuesdays and Fridays as volunteer days, however, having tried this out for a few weeks we are changing back (live and learn…) so our opening times are back as they were:

Wednesday & Saturday 11-5 & Thursday 11-8 for self help DIY repair, sales, volunteering and repair of donated bikes.

Sundays have been taken up by our self-build cargo bike sessions, which have almost come to a close, with our prototype looking more how it is supposed to:

2014-08-31 16.14.23

We wont be having any more Sunday sessions for now, but plan to finish the first cargo bike during the normal weekly sessions over the next couple of week – and after that have a think about what to do next – which will depend on who wants to do what and what we think of what we’ve got…

More on this later in the month

Build It

Cargo bikes

A couple of weeks back a question was asked – who wants to build a cargo bike or trailer. The answer was…. quite a few people.

The plan therefore is to run some build sessions on Sunday afternoons over August, starting August 10th and ending when we have built or when we want to stop. The initial aim is to build one cargo bike and one trailer using simple(ish) no weld design, and as much as possible salvaged local materials.

At the end, we plan to have our working models and some idea on what works, and what materials can be sourced – and this is where it can get even more interesting: we can carry on and make some more, trying out other designs and techniques, or open up self build to whoever wants to build. Although barely out of ‘ideas’ stage, we have already been approached by two creative businesses wanting to commission bespoke cargo bikes for their trade.

For more info and how you can help see the all new Build Day Info pages!!!

look forward to seeing you on the 10th

BikeHub Closed on Saturday – but PatchFest OPEN!

Bike Hub closed this Sat 12th July

Unfortunately we have to be closed this Saturday due to a South East Dance event which will be taking place in the old market building. However, there is PatchFest, a local community festival just around the corner from where we plan to open the new Lewes Road Bike Hub. So we are planning to have a presence there with an info table to sign up members and also running the bouncy castle as a fund-raiser.

Patchfest 2014

PatchFest stall & bouncy castle this Sat – can you help?

The plan is to run the Bouncy Castle from 1pm to 7pm. If you can do a stint for an hour, either supervising or talking to people about the Bike Hub, please let me know ASAP. Either reply to this email or phone/text me on 07508 430489. It would help if you could indicate which time slot you’d prefer to do or if you are happy to be flexible.

PatchFest is a fun community event with a proper festival atmosphere – great bands, lots of stalls.
The Patch is off the Lewes Road, access via Hartington Rd or Picton St (off Franklin Rd).
Volunteers get a free drink/meal token and there will be an after party for helpers rom 10pm

Unfortunately there is not the time or space to organise a Dr Bike type presence but we could do this at future Patch events. For more information about PatchFest, check out the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/PatchFest/