Bike & Garden Project

Our Bike and Garden project launched this summer for the second year, funded by the Peoples Health Trust. The project provides gardening and bike workshops that focus on educating and training volunteers, recycling, sustainability and through this providing a positive service to the local community, while demonstrating the importance of health and well being by staying active through cycling and taking part in outdoor activities. 

**UPDATE**Beginners Guide to Bike Maintenance Programme

Running every Sunday 30th October to 4th December. The full programme is detailed below. Numbers are very limited so make sure to turn up by 12pm on Sunday 30th October to secure your place. KPC Bike Project Volunteer Co-ordinator Steven will be in the Garden to welcome you.

Week 1

  • Learning the names of the bike’s parts
  • Keeping your bike clean
  • How to lubricate your bike, and using the right lubricants
  • Adjusting your saddle and handlebars for a comfortable ride
  • Checking your grips, brakes and tyres for wear
  • Checking your tyre pressure

Week 2

  • How to remove a tyre and replace an inner tube
  • How to fix a puncture
  • Learning the names of the tools you have used

Week 3

  • Simple brake adjustment
  • Replacing worn brake pads
  • Learning the names of the tools you have used

Week 4

  • Simple gear adjustment
  • Replacing a chain
  • Learning the names of the tools you have used

Week 5

  • How to true a wheel
  • How to replace a spoke
  • Learning the names of the tools you have used

Week 6

  • Introduction to replacing gear and brake cables

3 of the Bike project volunteers; Yohannes, Mahdi and Yohannes with first project users

KPC Bike Project

Our new KPC bike project is looking busy already! Open to the public every Sunday from 12pm-3pm; you can bring your bike down for general maintenance, repairs or replacement parts. With 3 qualified bike mechanics and a crew of volunteer trainees, the guys will get your bike back up and running! The project sources unwanted and broken bikes; parts from old bikes and then build new ones and fix yours! We can't guarantee there will always be the correct part for your bike but we will do our best, so come down and see what we can do! Below we have listed parts that are sometimes hard to come by so we are always grateful for donations! Payment is by donation; residents in the G51 area and those on Cornwall Street are eligible to have their bikes fixed for free!

parts we always need: 26" rear wheels, 26" tyres and tubes, left hand cranks, mud guards for 26" wheels and bicycle accessories like locks, helmets, bells and high visibility jackets! 

The bike project also donates bikes to asylum seekers and others in the community who can benefit from a bike to get around the city for free! Therefore if you own a bike you don't need we'll make sure it goes to someone who would appreciate it.

There is also a training aspect to the project, teaching the volunteers from the local area how to fix up bikes on a Thursday afternoon. In addition to this there will be two 6 week masterclasses where you can learn how to fix your bike on your own! Keep checking our Facebook page for more information on these workshops!

A little tip from our bike project to you...

"If you need a new saddle or a saddle cover and your on a tight budget try the Pound shop; they often sell them!"

Thursday and Sunday Gardening

The Garden project runs on a drop in basis between 3.30pm and 5.30pm every Thursday. The workshops are open to everyone whether you are an experienced gardener or want to learn something new. Our Project Officers cover a range of different topics from harvesting crops to constructing planters from up cycled materials. The garden is maintained by volunteers and the local community, open to anyone who would like to use it!

Our weekly Social Sundays also include Gardening workshops, with creative projects like making bird scarers from old Cd's or helping to build our wall mosaic using old bottle tops. Our workshops cater for all ages; learn about gardening and see how you can recycle old materials into something new, making inexpensive garden storage and planters in an environmentally positive way.

We grow range of different fruits, vegetables and herbs, which can be used to make our weekly Community Meal. Growing our own food helps us make good meals with healthy produce from the garden for a very small cost.