Our week just got bigger!

Since our Grand Launch at the inaugural Love Your Bike Week back in February we have been open on three days per week, each session seeming busier than the last, with more sales and more people coming in to fix up their bikes as the weeks progress. Fantastic though this is, it is only part of our thing, and the other side – taking in donated bikes, working with volunteers to fix them up and helping our volunteers to learn more about repair, has sometimes felt that it has been getting lost amidst the chaos and energy of our open sessions.

To fix this, get up to speed with processing donations, make sure that all volunteers can have the time and space to find out about the project, sort out proper training and keep the workshop spick, span and stocked, we hereby unveil our new schedule!!!

New Schedule Aug 2014The Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday sessions remain the same as ever, but the new sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays are not open for sales or general repairs, but are set aside for Bikehub volunteers, for sorting out the workshop and for fixing donated bikes – we still want you all to drop in on these days though – just join us as a volunteer and help us grow and strengthen the bikehub and (hopefully) help make Brighton & Hove just a little bit better!

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/

Free volunteer training

Free cycle-maintenance training for Bike Hub volunteers
Thursdays in May, from tomorrow (1st May)10am-3pm

We are running a series of training sessions, covering the main areas of bike maintenance that we all deal with at the Bike Hub. There will be Four Sessions (see below) run by Iain Wilson: 10am – 3pm, for up to six participants. We will be holding these at the Cranks workshop in Chapel Street (off Edward St), Brighton BN2 1RQ.

Iain Fix 1     Iain fix 2

If you are a Bike Hub volunteer and can attend any of these dates, please let Duncan know. Call or text 07508 430489 or email: duncan.blinkhorn@groundwork.org.uk to book a place. Please let us know ASAP to help us get this organised.

SESSION 1 (1st May – repeated 29th May): Assessment & adjustment + wheels
Checking bikes over to see what problems need to be addressed. The problems found will then be prioritised plus simple adjustment and tuning of brakes and gears.

Wheels, tyres and tubes:
– truing, puncture repair and sizes:
– Wheel removal and replacement
– Puncture repair,
– Range of wheel and tyre sizes
– Spoke replacement and wheel truing.

SESSION 2 (8th May): Brakes
Fitting and adjusting calliper, cantilever and v-brakes as well as cable disc brakes.

SESSION 3 (15th May):
Gears and Drive train
Fitting and adjusting gear shifters, front and rear dérailleurs, chains, cranks, cassettes and freewheels.

SESSION 4 (22nd May):
Headsets, bottom brackets and wheel bearings all work on the same principles and all will be covered.