Wednesday, 6 April 2011
Monday, 6 December 2010
"The idea came about as a bit of a joke originally and everybody, including bike shop staff and our supportive parents thought we probably wouldn't make it", says Emily, "We met some of the most amazing people- the Laird of the Loch (a guy that lives in a boat on Holy Loch), a retired couple that overtook us on mountain bikes then fed us green tea, cherries and popcorn, the friendliest Dutch couple imaginable and some crazy folk in Bristol who led us to the discovery of the most incredible falafel takeaway place! It rained 28 out of 30 days and we cycled 1125 miles on bikes that have the combined age of 100".
"My friends kept telling me that I should raise some sponsorship money for it but I couldn't think of a charity that particularly stood out and then I heard about The Bristol Bike Project and was reminded by an article I saw in the Guardian newspaper. Basically, I think what they do is great and if I didn't live about 200 miles away I'd go down and get my hands covered in bike grease helping out! So Instead, I thought about doing the ride to raise money for the bike project".
A HUGE thank you to Emily & Chris for their kind donation - it really does make a difference and allows us to continue doing the work that we are.
Sunday, 12 September 2010
many thanks in advance for your time and support.
Monday, 6 September 2010
The opening night is Friday 10th September from 7-10pm and is free entry. See you there!
Saturday, 21 August 2010
So come and join us for a short, circular ride around Bristol, taking in Ashton Court and Durdham Downs, with a picnic en route. We are meeting at 11am on Saturday 11th September outside the workshop on city road and all are welcome - bring food for a picnic if you wish! See you there.....
Monday, 28 June 2010
Sunday, 13 June 2010
Sunday morning was Bristol's first naked bike ride, a peaceful, imaginative and fun protest against oil dependency and car culture. A few of our team made a spectacular appearance, all on tall bikes and were part of a 200-strong bicycle street party!
And finally, Sunday afternoon saw us head down to the opening celebrations of Bristol Refugee Week in Queen's Square to do a spot more bike maintenance and help spread the word about the project. And of course, letting people have a go on the tall bikes!
Saturday, 22 May 2010
Thursday, 6 May 2010
It will be available nationally soon, but in the meantime pick up your copy in Bristol from one of the following: the arnolfini, the here shop, jake's bikes, Howies, bristol bike workshop and Bike. Happy reading!
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
The bike was given to the project about 4 months ago and was originally a lime-green peugeot racer in a pretty bad conditon. The first thing we did was to strip it down and wire brush it (with an angle grinder) back to bare metal. It then had 5 coats of clear spray lacquer before being built back up into a single-speed with reclaimed parts here at the workshop. We very much look forward to seeing it blitzing its way around the streets of Bristol soon!
To make a bid for the bike or any other of the bike bits in the auction please visit the Beautiful Machine blog where you can see what's up for grabs and find out how to make a bid. A huge thanks again to Nick Hand and John McFaul for inviting us to be a part of this event.
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
For more information about the Foodworks project and how to get involved please take a look at their website: www.foodworksuk.org
Thursday, 25 March 2010
We are currently running comprehensive 6-week courses for five young lads, covering most aspects of bike-building and maintenance, at the end of which they will get to take away a bike that they have put together themselves. The lads have already been responding well to the workshop environment and have been enjoying getting their hands dirty taking several broken bikes apart in order to learn how to build a bike from scratch. We are keen to continue with these youth programs - if you would like further info, please get in touch!
Friday, 12 March 2010
Sunday, 28 February 2010
Sunday, 21 February 2010
Charge Bikes Rider Posy Dixon visited us last week to talk to us all about what we get up to here at the workshop for a forthcoming magazine article that she is writing. She also made a very short film of her day at the project - see the clip above. Thanks to Posy, Sam (her photographer) and to Charge Bikes for their support.
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Nick commented, "I was asked by my mates at the howies shop in Bristol to design a T shirt for the Better by Bike project. A few other designers and illustrators were asked as well. My preference was to help a really good, specific project and maybe funnel some cash from the Ts that way too. I took my camera down to the project and spent an hour or so just photographing bike bits - it seemed to make sense to do something which summed up the project visually. Every now and then you come across great people doing great things, and your instinct is to get involved. The Bristol Bike Project is just that".
Monday, 1 February 2010
We have just heard from the director, that it has been selected for the Oneworld Documentary Festival in Prague, which bills itself as the largest human rights film festival in europe, from the 3rd to the 10th march. www.oneworld.cz It is a very multinational festival and usually only accepts a small handful of films from the uk (as in two or three) and goes on to be distributed around 30 odd czech towns and goes to a whole load of schools and universities.
It has also just been accepted for this year's Unchosen Bristol Film Festival in November 2010. So we are all really pleased to hear this news and really hope that the film will help to spread some awareness about what it means to be an asylum-seeker in this country, as well as encouraging more people to bring their unwanted bicycles to us!
There will also be a link to the film from our website some time in March - we will keep you posted...
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
People who couldn't make it rang to say they'll come next week.... it's got off to a really good start and i'm sure the night will continue beyond the four week trial and develop and grow into a regular fixture here at the Bristol Bike Project. Come along! Please either call or email Sylvie on 07961 225053 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further info....
Vive la Velorution! La Bici e libera!