Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers?

Or simply, tire recycling! MaBell and Kelly made a run for CRM a couple of weeks ago. Per the guiding hand of Dr. Rot we took a truckload of crappy bike tires to this rubber recyclery. Apparently, they make rubber mats. Ironically, we drove! Double whammy--the driver's side front tire had a slow leak due to a screw, discovered as we hurtled along the 110 and a fellow driver frantically pantomimed that something was up. Luckily, we made it there and back in one piece.

This load of tires cost us $10 bucks plus gas, we saw a sweet black and white cat slipping in between the bundles and were good-naturedly told we were not allowed to take photos. I snuck the last one of MaBell as we were ready to drive away.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Holidaze Bikes

From Dr. Rot, a.k.a. Kreigh Hampel
of the Burbank Recycling Center

Thanks to the Kitchen, a little cash, some spare parts, locks, lights,
helmets and a few "Oh, I have a bike in the garage you can have"
manifestations, we wrenched eight bikes back to life for kids who are
hungry for a little of the good stuff.

Getting these bikes back up on their wheels was made easier with some
generous helping friends and their stories of first bike rides as kids.
There were plenty of (oh, funny now) crash and burns, bruises and
scrapes, wind and G forces, eating gravel in curves, near-death jumps at
the bottom of hills and street hell at the mercy of cars. Collectively,
there were life years spent exploring back waters, empty lots and lost
worlds. These simple wheeled machines running on muscle, pulse and
breath are rhythmical, musical, joyous.

Thanks to you and all the BK cooks for making the holidays over here a
treat for not only the kids who will ride off on their first holiday
indie adventures, but also for the working wrenchers that came together
for the greater good and some sweet story telling.

Everyone who sees the new recycled fleet lights up in

Happy holidays!


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Happy Holidays!

We had our quarterly cooks meeting this past Sunday, hosted by the fabulous MaBell and Xotchil at their Love Shack. We voted in 7 new cooks! And discussed lots of fun new changes, opportunities and milestones for 2010. Next year it's FIVE YEARS since we moved to the storefront on Heliotrope and Melrose! You can bet there's some celebrating in the works.
This is just to let you know that we are going to be closed for the Holidays starting TOMORROW, the 18th. We will re-open with regular hours on Monday, January 4th. Over the break, we are doing a little re-organizing and painting. If you want to lend a hand email us!

CLOSED: December 18th - January 3rd.

Have a merry holiday and an super tricked out bike of your dreams New Year! We'll catch you on the fourth day of Aught Ten.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Cooks.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Echo Park Community Parade

Every year the Bicycle Kitchen is invited to lead off the Echo Park Community Parade. This year we got rained out! But that didn't stop Gabriel, Kelly and even Paolo from Echo Park Film Center to show up with soggy santa hats, a wacky outfit and our trusty bikes! We even recruited neighborhood bmx bike buddy, Michael to join us. While standing around waiting for the parade to begin, there was a respite from the rain, but THE MINUTE they gave us the go sign, it started to pour! Gabriel, Kelly, Paolo and Michael rode loop-de-loops around the flag-carrying boyscouts laughing and smiling and whooping it up and as we crossed Sunset and Echo Park, they announced, "Leading off the parade, representatives from the Bicycle Kitchen!" and someone ran out and handed us a trophy! Tradition has it that we ride the trophy over to the Saturday crew at the Kitchen right after, but not this year. We had to pass that trophy on to our rad new friend, Michael. Handing him the trophy and asking if we could take a photo, he said, "I never got a trophy before!" If that doesn't put you in the Holiday spirit, nothing will!!!

WoOoT WoOoT!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Get Your Holiday Bike On!

Don your Santa Hats and wrap some garland or other holiday decor around your bicycle and join us tomorrow for the Echo Park Community Parade!

"The Parade will take place regardless of weather (rain or shine.)"

Join the Cooks of the Bicycle Kitchen as we lead off the parade. Meet at Sunset and Elysian anytime between 10-11:30 a.m. Parade starts promptly at Noon!!!!

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sometimes a Lead is a Bust

150 bicycles!
2 trucks and a van and we couldn't scrape together 10 bikes.
Even in Hollywood the weather cuts to the core.

Mobile Bici

Photograph by Emma Ceddia at Occidental.

From time to time the Bicycle Kitchen hops on our extra cycle with two toolboxes and a stand, if we're not feeling lazy, and rides places and does mobile workshops! It's super fun. A few Fridays ago Emily and Kelly coincidentally both wearing green rode over to Occidental and gave a basic workshop to the group WOMEN!

If you have questions about our Mobile Bici please email us!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Last night Orange 20 hosted the second community meeting about the escalation of bicycle thefts and violence and what our cycling community can do. (The first one was at Echo Park Cycles about three weeks ago.)

There were two LAPD senior lead officers there, one from Rampart Division and another, Irene, from MacArthur Park, who had been at the first meeting. The Rampart officer was really surprised to have heard about the escalation and said he had no idea. He said that really the only way for LAPD to legally help us and track is for us to report EVERY THEFT. He acknowledged that trying to get a car out to you when you first notice the theft is going to take a long time if at all because unless an assault is involved it's a low priority for them, but he couldn't stress enough that it's important to file a report. You can call 311 or go to the Rampart division on 1401 West 6th St.(2 blocks east of Union Ave.) to do this.

They also suggested that you photograph your bicycle and valuable parts and write down the serial number which can be located here.

Roadblock from Midnight Ridazz is fulfilling TJ of Orange 20's dream of creating a Web 2.0 application that will allow cyclists to track not only bike thefts or assaults, but also problem areas, altercations with motorists and other good info. He's a true gem of a bike buddy. LAPD may then be able to take a report that was filed and use this site to track common problem sites.

Finally, as some of you may already know, Chief Beck had a community meeting also addressing this and he has appointed Lieutenant Andre Dawson as a Bicycle Liason. You can reach him at 213-792-3551.

Bottom line: we as a cycling community are lucky to have folks who are willing to take a leadership role and come together using all of the resources at our disposal to take our bikes back! It's enough we have to deal with just navigating the streets everyday, we can't fend off bike jackers on top of it all.

Ride On!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Take Our Bikes Back: The Second Meeting

Tonight at Orange 20 | 8 pm!

Community meeting about the escalating Bicycle Thefts.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bicycle Theft Action Report

From Aurisha Smolarski, Campaign and Communications Director of LACBC:

LACBC, folks from Echo Park Cycles and other cyclists showed up to the meet and greet with Chief Charlie Beck on Saturday, November 21st where we alerted him that physical assaults on cyclists, harassment by motorists and bicycle thefts have been increasing in LA.

Chief Beck is interested in addressing these issues seriously and has assigned Lieutenant Andre Dawson, as the bicycle liaison in his office to work with us on addressing these concerns.

LAPD will be putting together a work group to continue to work with cyclists on addressing these issues. LACBC will also continue to work with them to develop educational material that all their officers will be required to view during their roll call and training.
Here is what you can do now!

Report all assaults, thefts or acts of harassment, regardless of how minor they are. It is an initial step that we can do now, to help them track and identify where these problems are happening and to help them identify suspects.

-Call in and report incident to LAPD precinct in area of occurrence*
-If you are assaulted: give as much info as possible regarding suspect, license plate, color of car, clothing they were wearing, etc
-If your bike was stolen: give then as much info about the bike, serial #, color of bike, make/model, suspect info, etc

*If the officer refuses to take the report or says that they do not have time, that it is not a crime or any other excuse, call Lieutenant Andre Dawson at 213-792-3551 and explain the situation to him.

He has assured us that he will make sure to take care of it and hold the officers accountable for what is happening in the area.

Let your bike buddies know!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bike Day LA version 3

This Sunday, November 15th from 3-9pm at 1500 N.Cahuenga Blvd.

The proceeds from the day will be donated to US! This is a super sweet idea put on by a fantastic foursome (and pals.) Sometimes people just come together and create great ideas. Their website is really clear and to the point, aesthetically pleasing and the energy direct. We are super stoked to be the beneficiaries of such awesomeness and encourage you to come out and support this and future versions. From their homepage:

we are four bicycle riders from all over california who now all live in los angeles. we have a love for riding and everything that comes along with the culture. we feel so strongly about what we love, that while building a sense of community, we would like to give back to those around us. we put on events for all bike riders and encourage all people, young and old, bike rider or not, to come out. all of our events are to benefit an organization with a positive social cause.

Bicycle Kitchen will be there with some brand new snazzy tshirts and hoodies and tools and smiles. Hope to see you there! http://bikedayla.org/

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Habeas Lounge

The Bicycle Kitchen will be participating in a discussion about bicycles and public transportation and LACBC will be there with some bike valet! Come on Down!


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Pantry

The Bicycle Kitchen took over the old Orange 20 space with the goal of transforming it into a dedicated classroom space. Imagine spending your Saturday learning all about bottom brackets! Or, a personal cocina favorite, "Demystifying the Derailleur."

Last Thursday, two rad cookies, John and Jim, poured concrete and mounted the workstand. And almost the entire inside is painted in chalkboard paint as a live old-skool teaching aide. We left the chickens, of course!

Monday, November 2, 2009


What with our new appointment policy, we could sure use:

Chairs and two tables for outside

and of course, we can always use MORE BICYCLES!!!

Ride On.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Closed for Halloween


HALLOWEEN PARTY AND RACES!!!! @ ECHO PARK CYCLES 1932 Echo Park Blvd. 90026 Saturday, October 31, 2009. From Noon Till Dark.
Bicycle Costume Party Family Fun Ride Food, Meat and Non-Meat Drinks, Beer and Non-Beer Urban Ciclocross Oblivion Vomiterium Time Trials 25k Annihilation Gold Sprints Party is Free. $10 to Race BE THERE!!!

Appointment Policy

In order to make shifts a little smoother during our super busy open hours and to try and cut down on tool theft, us cooks have implemented an appointment policy:

The Bicycle Kitchen only takes appointments for the beginning of a business day. These times are 6:30pm Monday-Thursday and Noon Monday, Saturday and Sunday.

We only take 6 appointments per business day. All other clients must come in person to be placed on a First Come/First Served Waitlist.

Only clients with an appointment are guaranteed standtime, but YOU must be on time or you forfeit your time to the first/next person on the waitlist.

Hopefully, this will make everyone's time more fun!

Ride On!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Rock Paper Scissors Collective Call for Work

This is a call for work - Artists, Thinkers, Creators - We seek your human-powered machines, bicycle-based inventions, and interactive kinetic sculpture. In May of 2010, Rock Paper Scissors Collective is hosting BEYOND BICYCLES, a celebration of the art, science, and politics of harnessing human power. Our inspiration is the bicycle, a simple machine that has transformed our experience of moving through the world. We see the bicycle as possibility, the tip of the big ol' iceberg of human potential energy. BEYOND BICYCLES will be an exhibition documenting the many ingenious uses of human power past and present. The Gallery space at Rock Paper Scissors Collective is limited so large works will only be displayed during opening night. Our month long exhibition will consist of a collection large color photographs of works, accompanied by a printed zine. There will also be a web zine which will be more extensive than the printed version. The submission deadline is March 15th. Send entries to: gallery@rpscollective.com. By post: 2278 Telegraph Ave. Oakland CA 94612 Send your questions to: Mark beyondbikes@rpscollective.com

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A new blogspot.

The Bicycle Kitchen's got this new blogspot to hook up with the Type Goes Here awesome website design by Dylan Haley. The last post on our old blogspot was in 2008 and so, we decided to start fresh.