Bike Meet at Bowden
This Saturday 21st April Adelaide Bike Kitchen (ABK) is hosting a Twilight bike market at 22 Gibson St from 4-6pm, followed by tasty local street food and live music from local (Mabiina Party) and interstate (Lily and King). Anyone can register to sell anything bike related in the spirit the organisation for a gold coin donation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before Saturday. More than your average birthday party, the event aims to promote cycling through DIY bike maintenance by sharing the ethos the group has forged over the past 6 years. The ethos that “bikes should be ridden, too many lie unused or are discarded for easy to fix reasons.”
For anyone unfamiliar with ABK, the volunteer run bike collective started in an unused Adelaide warehouse in 2012. Since then it has relocated twice before settling at its current location in 2014. Over the years it has popped up at various council run events bringing energy and colour to Adelaide’s cycling scene.
The current site is now due for redevelopment. Since December 2017, ABK has been on borrowed time under a monthly rolling lease while planning for the future. Nevertheless they reopened their staple Wednesday workshops to provide mechanical assistance to the public and host community events.
Last year ABK reached out and the communities responded in strong support. It was successful in securing a Fund My Neighbourhood grant. This significant boost of resources enabled ABK to re-establish the new workshop and has given the organisation the energy to tackle the challenges of running a sustainable business, however they have not yet found a suitable location.“We are still looking within the area because this is our community, you can’t expect people to uproot”, said Joey, ABK Founder.
In the meantime, ABK has opened a pop-up-shop in the new Bowden marketplace alongside Plant 4. While it may be only temporary, if the community can support a local community bike shop enough to cover regular overheads it presents a bright possibility for the organisation’s future.
“We have so far relied on rent subsidies and this isn’t sustainable so we are looking at alternative income streams to fund our social enterprise; these are primarily be retail and service based. We know we can’t compete with the big bike stores, but we often get requests for refurbished bike sales and services. We also have connections to an incredible group of local creatives making really cool bike accessories so we want to see if that can translate into an income,” said Joey. The shop is a collaboration with Thebarton based electric bike specialist Mi-cycles and Renewal SA. They provide free hire bikes as well as cargo and e-bikes to test out. Come check it out Saturdays 10-3pm, for a limited time only.