From the street outside The London Bike Kitchen looks like an independent bike shop. Frames suspended from the ceiling, retail necessities like locks and lights covering the walls, bike stands supporting steeds in need of a bit of TLC. Where the differences start, that’s inside the not-for-profit community focused two wheeled education centre.
A trained mechanic teaches and guides customers, showing and demonstrating how to make repairs. At a cost per hour you leave with not only a fixed bike but also the knowledge to maintain your precious machine for years to come.
LBK go one step further than assisted mechanic drop in sessions. Full Build Your Own Bike (BYOB) workshops, maintenance crash courses and wheel building classes show that this is truly a co-operative.
And now LBK is hoping to expand with the help of a Crowdfunder campaign. Jenni Gwiazdowski, LBK’s Director says:
“Our social landlord has offered us a once in a lifetime opportunity to expand in to a second workshop. Our current space is small but mighty – a second space means we can teach more people and become a more sustainable business.”
The BYOB bike classes sell out months in advance and Jenni hopes the expansion will happen before this summer, the busiest period for LBK.
“The second workshop will let us teach more one-on-one classes in a separate workshop.”
LBK has a healthy list of volunteers and the expansion already has an architect, electrician and designer, and they’re currently looking for more. If you can help with any part of the expansion, from helping the Crowdfunder to taking part in the cleanup and painting, get in touch and become part of LBK’s story.