Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Meet the Cooks::Arlen Jones!

Name: Arlen Jones

Cookin' since: 2007

Holds down: Mondays recently, though that's debatable. My baby is La Bici Digna, which is a Bicycle Kitchen-founded co-op located at a day labor center in Downtown. We're developing the space so that the folks at the center and the neighborhood can run the co-op themselves and it can be a community resource to cyclists in Downtown and Skid Row.

Rides: iGreen KHS 29er single-speed mountain bike with fatty slicks. Some jerkos stole it last Day of the Dead, but I stole it back. Thank you.

How'd you hear about the Kitchen: Bored and looking for group rides, heard about a block party with vegan sandwiches and beer, sponsored by something called the 20 orange. Rode with my buddy from Sylmar. We drank and rode around the neighborhood for the first time. Within a period of 6 hours we blew through our 3 spare tubes (don't hop curbs, kids. and don't remove a tire with a car key) and walked our failed selves back to the block, party over, night descended. Two ladies in summer dresses (KELLY and RAMONA!!!) invited us into the kitchen and showed us how to actually replace our tubes (without ruining them), as well as how to patch a tube. Then, they told us to come and volunteer. The rest is history...

Where's your favorite place to ride your bicycle? In traffic.

What do you do when you're not at Kitchen? Organize friends and family for the zombie apocalypse. Read books. Wrench and teach at La Bici Digna (again!). Hang out with my cool girlfriend.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

// Just a reminder that the Bicycle Kitchen/La Bicicocina will be
CLOSED for the Thanksgiving Holiday:

Thursday, November 25th - Sunday, November 28th.
Regular hours resume Monday.

// If you're itching for some bike knowledge, there are still slots left in this
Saturday's Wheelbuilding Class. Check it out and RSVP here.

// Thankful for the Bicycle Kitchen? DONATE!

Have a great holiday with family and friends and your Bike!!

Ride On,

Your Friendly Neighborhood Cooks

Thursday, November 18, 2010

November Workshops have slots open!

Hey everyone,

We've got some slots left in a couple of rad new workshops. We're trying to offer repair workshops other than just Basic and perhaps you need a little nudge to take a leap of faith and try something new!

Saturday, November 20th 9:30 - 11:30am
Advanced Wrenching Part I: Bottom Brackets and Headsets
No prerequisites, just the desire to learn more about bottom brackets and headsets. Taught by longtime cook and workshop instructor, MaBell.

Saturday, November 27th 9:30 - 11:30am
Intro to Wheelbuilding
Everything you need to know about a wheel BEFORE you build it! Introductory, taught by longtime cook and workshop instructor, MaBell.

$30 suggested donation.

RSVP to get the remaining slots!

Check back to our workshops page for future classes. And of course, you can always learn how to fix your bike during our regular open hours, too!

Ride On,

Your Friendly Neighborhood Cooks

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tenth Annual CRANKSGIVING!!!!

This is a real feel good alleycat of a way to kick off your holiday season!

More info here.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Big in Japan!

An article about us in online publication, 811DE.com

Thanks, Kiyomi!