This past weekend, the Bicycle Kitchen was part of Regional Bike!Bike!, a gathering of Los Angeles Area bicycle repair co-ops, collectives, spaces, projects, etc. There were THIRTEEN represented and that's not everyone! On Saturday we all converged in the Faculty and Staff Center at LACC (thanks LACC) and got to know each other, basically spending the entire morning introducing our respective spaces and projects. We had a tasty lunch of burritos provided by the Burrito Project and Food Not Bombs (which Woody rode in on a ladder trailer,) while being serenaded by a couple of members of Bikesan@s.
In the afternoon, BikeRoWave and Bicycle Kitchen shared as much information as a group of 40+ can digest on how we are each structured/operated and then we started to get into info sharing on Volunteers (recruiting, training and retaining,) but by then it was time to go to the Afterparty at BikeRoWave. The next day a MUCH SMALLER GROUP ; ) rode from Valley Bikery all the way to Long Beach's HUB, a 55 mile expanse, visiting Bike Oven in between and devouring potato tacos at Atacor. It was a GREAT weekend!! Thanks to ALL who participated!
Bikesan@s del Valle Green Bike Program Valley Bikery BikeRoWave CSUN Bike Collective FMLY La Bici Digna us, cough, cough Bike Oven Valley Bikery HUB Bici Libre Buzz Bikes (Metabolic Studios)
We recently finished up the first session of Earn-a-Bike for 2011 under the volunteer power of Cooks, Chris Collins and Nick Lofaro. An awesome group of 7 EAB-ers built themselves a bike and learned a ton about bicycle repair. Three of the fellas came in with skateboards and happily left with their built-up bicycles. Big shout out to Mosiah, Gabe, Yonis, Eric, Jaime, and Irving! You rock!
For the next session, Cooks Kris Benjamin and Craig Weidert are going to take over the instruction. The second session starts Tuesday, May 3rd at 4pm. It will meet for 8 weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 - 6 pm. If you are 12 - 18, or know someone who is come on down and check it out!
On Sunday, April 10th in honor of cicLAvia, we will have additional open hours--we will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. AND we will NOT be taking appointments this day. This is to maximize our ability to help with the small repairs that may come up for folks participating in this super awesome day. We'll have a table and tent out front with pumps for quick air. Come get your flats fixed, pick up some Kitchen schwag and say "howdy" to your Friendly Neighborhood Cooks!