The Reanimators: Revenge of the Klein

The Reanimators: Revenge of the KleinOur apartment building had a problem: abandoned bikes. Deep in the basement carpark there were loads of them, all flat tyres and thickly layered dust. The miserable things, long since forgotten by their owners, clogged up the bike racks and spilled into the access way. They had to go. But where? When we humans have nothing left to offer we retire or become an ACT Party MP. Bikes, well, it’s less obvious. The solution for a number of our unwanted bikes, the ones that needed only some air in their tyres, was adoption. They got new owners. Four more required more attention. For them, the future was Loop Groop. Loop …
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Tumeke to move – new home wanted!

Tumeke to move - new home wanted!The wonderful “let’s fix it together” volunteers at Tumeke Cycle Space are looking for a new home. Their current location in Newton, shared with the Tangleball makerspace collective on Edinburgh Street, is slated for sale. Tumeke’s Alex Raichev says they’re looking for a space roughly the size of a double garage, preferably with street-level access and a storage area for spare parts and wounded bicycles. Ideally it will be free or cheap, and reasonably central – say, five kilometres from the Aotea Centre. Tumeke’s community bicycle workshop is currently open on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and on Sunday afternoons, and Alex says they’re open to sharing space with people working complementary hours. Got a space …
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Back in the Bike Kitchen

Back in the Bike KitchenThe Bike Kitchen is open again this Saturday – donations and offers of hands-on help are warmly welcomed. Swing by and find out more about the Bike Kitchen’s mission of getting great old bikes back up and running and into the hands of new New Zealanders. When: Saturday 29 October from 10am – 2pm Where: Roskill Youth Zone, 740 Sandringham Road Extn., Mt Roskill We appreciate your bicycle donations… especially bikes in good condition, clean and rust-free (NB missing parts and flat tires are not a problem). We also love to get clean and rust-free parts and bike-related accessories and clothing. If you have a nice donation, but really cannot bring it in, …
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Hey, Roskill Bike Kitchen – what’s cooking?

Hey, Roskill Bike Kitchen - what's cooking?It’s been a wee while cooking – but it’s here! Say hello to the brand new Roskill Bike Kitchen, which launches on Saturday 20 August with the first monthly Bike Fix Day (10-3) and invites anyone with mechanical skills to come along and help turn bits and bobs into working bikes. There’s no such thing as too many cooks at the Roskill Bike Kitchen – in fact, you might say… many hands make bike work! This project brings the beloved Bikes for Refugees programme to a new home in Mt Roskill/ Puketapapa – and combines forces with an existing programme at RYZ: Roskill Youth Zone, whose bike workshops for youth will continue alongside the new monthly Saturday fix-it days. It’s the perfect …
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Getting Your Hands Dirty With Tumeke

Getting Your Hands Dirty With TumekeJust off Karangahape Road, at the bottom of a nondescript commercial street neatly bisected by a cavernous Southern Motorway, is a little hub of community goodness. It’s called Tumeke Cycle Space. It’s where you go when your bike is sick and you want to mend it yourself with the help – for a koha or even for free – of people who know their way around bikes. It might sound too good to be true, but that’s what Tumeke does every Sunday afternoon and on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Tumeke describes itself as a non-profit, community-run, do-it-with-others bicycle workshop. When I dropped in one evening recently, a steady trickle of …
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A bring & buy sale: the Tumeke X Hum Bike Market

A bring & buy sale: the Tumeke X Hum Bike MarketLet there be bikes! The amazing community-run DIY bike workshop Tumeke Cycle Space is combining forces with Hum Salon to host a public bike market in Grafton on Saturday 21 May. This is a free community event, open to everyone. It’s the perfect opportunity to sell those old faithful bikes from your garage, fix them up, or find a trusty new two-wheeled companion for your daily commute. Break free and let your inner cyclist loose. Bring the whole family along to enjoy the fantastic atmosphere – there’ll be live music, bike maintenance help, and of course the wonderful and amazing cafe at Hum Salon, a community-run space that facilitates the strengthening of communities. Saturday …
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The Cloud has a silver lining: drop-in bike lessons for adults

The Cloud has a silver lining: drop-in bike lessons for adultsDo you live or work in the CBD? Keen to master the art of riding a bike? Mix the joy of learning with the whimsical lights and architecture of the Cloud, and you’ve got some winter rain-proof evening fun! Auckland Transport is adding a drop-in component to their monthly Beginner Bike & Bike Maintenance sessions at the Cloud on Queens Wharf. If you are new to riding, just haven’t been on a bike for a while, or are getting back into it but need a bit of a confidence boost, then come on by. Drop in, learn some new skills, and enjoy pedalling around the Cloud.  Bikes are available on a first …
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