We spoke to Mike Polom about progress at the Colchester Bike Kitchen, and here’s his update:
'Colchester Bike Kitchen (CBK) is a friendly pop-up community bike workshop. (If it sounds a bit like the Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen, that's because we have pinched a lot of their ideas - with their full support and encouragement!) So please drop by and work on your bike with all the tools, assistance and training you need to hand. And if you are a trained mechanic, please come and say hello, we'd welcome some more volunteers.
Our fourth CBK last Sunday confirmed that there's definitely a need for people to get help and share tools for doing basic maintenance and minor adjustments. So we've decided to go fortnightly from Saturday 7 November and will be at the Waiting Room from 1pm-4pm on the first and third Saturdays of the month. If all goes well, we plan to go weekly some time in the New Year.
On the first Saturday every month, we'll be part of the monthly Bazaar, with local makers, producers, artists, hackers, menders, craft people and artisans.
And on the third Saturday we'll be part of the Repair Café which some of you may already know, as it started out at Wivenhoe Farmers Market.
1-4pm, Saturday 7 and Saturday 21 November
1-4pm, Saturday 5 and Saturday 19 December
Finally, huge thanks are due to Andy Woolf at ATW Cycle Repairs who has given up his Sundays once a month since July, to help us get this project off the ground! If you've got a complicated repair, he's the man to talk to!'
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Read Wolf's insirational story about how cycling has transformed his mobility. Find out about the e-bikes he has built, his campaigning for better cycle links particularly between towns and his lobbying for ebikes to be recognised as a mobility aid. 'Getting the bus is causing me big problems, but cycling is good. Going to work by bus I’m sitting down for an hour and a half and I’d have to take painkillers before going to work, but not when I’m cycling.'