Thank you so much to the small group of people who made it to the working bee on Tuesday night 5th Oct last.

John Bartlett, Frank Deveson, Hugh Ellens, Len Kanaar, James Nichols, Kim Ryan, Elna Teoh, David Ward and Annemarie.

The workshop looks better now after we culled all the broken, dead and rusty parts / components, but there are a couple of large boxes of small bits that still need to be sorted and more boxes have come in since.


Many thanks to Len Kanaar who has spent a lot of time recently, rebuilding the new Mac computer hard drive (the old Mac’s mainboard died), installing software, tranferring data from the old hard drive and uploading the Sheldon Brown web site. So now, not only do we have our music back again, but we have ready access to great technical info (yay !!) from the ‘guru’ of bikes – may he rest in peace.

Len also seems to be a bit of a Dr. Who fan… so if you’re really, really keen enough, you too might be able to locate the good Doctor and catch up on past eps in leiu of ‘bike play’. :^)

It is about time we got together to discuss and update everyone on how we are travelling.  Our last official meeting was 23 Sept 2009, so it is about the right time again.

Where: The Factory Community Centre
Location: 67 Raglan St., Waterloo
When: Tue 9 Nov 2010
Time: 6:00 pm (ariivals from 5:30 pm)

Look for the 3m tall green doors on the left near the top of the Raglan St. hill.


Where we’ve been this last 12 months

Where we’re headed the next 12 months

Management Team





It’s a good opportunity to check-in with each other about how things are going, to discuss developments and make plans for the future.

Please come along if you want to get more involved or just have some ideas of how you think we can make Bike Club better.

Thanks also to the small group who made it to the working bee on Tuesday night 5 Oct last, the workshop looks better now, but still needs a couple of large boxes of small bits to be sorted.


The place is running primarily by volunteers and wishes to continue helping the community get back on bicycles, share the joy of cycling, socialize without having to buy something and lets not forget recycle/ reuse as many bicycles as possible.

“But I don’t know anything about bicycles!”

“If you know that they generally have 2 wheels then you are good to help.”

To volunteer, you don’t need to know anything about bicycles. There are many different ways on how you can help.

Here are some different ways you could help the club with that doesn’t require bicycle knowledge:

Food distribution (Monday Nights only):
– Set up the serving table, prepare some hot water tub for washing up/ rinsing, receive the food from the Hare Krishna’s, serve the food, collect donations, help clean up and put away the material used.

Working with people:
– Welcoming people to the workshop
– Asking them to sign in the welcome book. (Name and postcode)
– Giving a general intro and referring them to someone that can help.

Manual handling:
– Help us sort out parts, material and build the place to be even better.
– Opening/Setting up and closing down the workshop
– Building tool boards, shelves, stands, etc.
– Helping at the Shed

– Going around bike shops and picking up bike parts that they don’t want.
– Picking up bikes from various places in Sydney
– Organizing drop off and pick up points around the city and greater Sydney.

Computer stuff:
– Help update our Mac with Internet sites that can be accessed off line,
– Upload videos, music, workshop manuals on our computer / website.

– We love cool looking stuff, T-shirts, funky things to promote the club
– Banner

Web site:
– Our websites need updating, sorting out and regular updates on any cool stuff that is happening at the club or that the club could be involved in.

– We love pictures that we can use, print, handout, post on the website.
– Good shots help for funding applications.

– Writing articles
– Creating documentaries
– You Tube videos
– Etc.

– Helping us get donations, write submissions, chase grants, etc.

Advocating for cycling:
– Up to you.

Fun stuff:
– Organizing events, parties, meetings, meet ups, etc. We are open minded and love having fun.

Learning to teach others:
– This place is a fantastic opportunity to learn about bicycle mechanics and apply your new knowledge to help someone else at the club. For example, how to patch an inner tube.

For more information/ ideas/ suggestions please check in with Julien Radcliffe at 0434844659 or or at the Club.

Please check with Julien regarding any task you would like to undertake.

Thanks for supporting the growing Cycle Re-Cycle Club.

For the most of us who probably missed it: heres the bikelove podcast piece on us.

This week BikeLove talks to members of the Nunnery! A bicycle workshop in Redfern where you can take your bike and learn how to fix it for free! Lots of tools and spare parts to use… even whole bikes if you want to get into cycling but don’t want to spend up until you know you’ll enjoy it! (as if you wouldn’t!!) We spoke to Julian who has been there the longest so is kind of in charge… We also spoke to many other volunteers and users of the workshop. They are always on the look out for spare bike bits… so if you have a bike or some tools you no longer need why not donate!
Find them at 1 Phillip St, Redfern every Monday from 5pm til dark!

Having trouble uploading MP3s… 2SERs site is down so watch this space for this weeks and last weeks MP3

Categories: Bike Repairs

Download mp3 here – original post here – enjoy – d

We have been talking about having another meeting for while now, Its the best opportunity to check in with each other about how things are going, to look at developments and make plans for the future. Please come along if you want to get more involved or just have some ideas of how you think we can make bike club better.

So, it looks like for 11:30am Sat 17 April at 67 Raglan St Redfern is a go.

See you there… look for the 3m tall green doors.

Also thanks so much to everyone who made it down to the last minute working bee on Tuesday night (it was only suggested at about 8 on Monday night!). The workshop looks amazing,

0422 331 213

p.s. we are currently very short on patch kits, if anyone has a bulk source or wants to donate some let us know

Mondays 5-9pm and now Wednesdays

(Weds started 2 June 2010) Rain, hail or shine !

In the car park, 1 Phillip St., Waterloo (cnr Cope St.)



Cycle Re-Cycle Club (affectionately known as “The Nunnery Bike Workshop”) is a community based group of enthusiastic bike minded people who gratefully receive pre-loved or abandoned bikes, parts and accessories to help you make a working bike to go back into the community.  At present, we have only limited means to receive bikes outside our operating time, but give us a call and we might be able to pick up.

Our goals are to:

  • assist disadvantaged people from the local and wider community to own a bicycle.
  • maintain and increase the availability of bicycles.
  • provide a social forum for exchange of ideas and experiences to enhance client knowledge.

Our volunteers work alongside people from the local community, sharing their mechanical knowledge and showing them how to use tools to recycle discarded and pre-loved bicycles and to repair and maintain them afterwards.  All aimed at increasing the use of bikes in and around Sydney.

We and others like you who attend, will help you to use our tools carefully and safely and to select parts available, to build a bike for yourself or a friend or repair or maintain your own bike.  In return, we ask that you come back to help others, using what you have learned from us.

Access to tools, parts, components and consumables is free and you are encouraged to ensure the club’s future by participating in our activities and returning to share your knowledge with others.  For more detail on what we expect from you in return for what we give to you, please see our How Does Bike Club Work ? page on this site.

Join in with us and learn all about how bikes work and / or share your knowledge and experiences or just come along and have some social time.

Everyone is welcome !


Currently based at 1 Phillip St., Waterloo (cnr Phillip and Cope Sts.), in the grounds of the Housing NSW precinct, we serve a wide range of people from a variety of cultural backgrounds including local indigenous people, the unemployed and nearby residents.  We also receive visitors from all over Sydney including students, backpackers and foreign language visitors to Sydney / Australia.

We are located in the two garages below the ‘Turanga’ building and have been affiliated with The Factory Community Centre Incorporated since Jan 2009.

For a summary of our history, beginnings and vision for our future, see our How Does Bike Club Work ? page on this site.

A map is available at the Bikely website showing the route from our previous location at Forbes St., Newtown to our new Phillip St., Waterloo location.


We open every Monday 5-9pm excluding 25/12 and 01/01 (we’re all volunteers, so sometimes we might be a bit late opening up).  If you believe you can commit to opening up Bike Club for us one Monday a month, please contact the Co-ordinator.  If it’s raining, feel free to call us to see if we’re there.  Same goes with long weekends.


We do not build second hand bikes to sell, however, we can put you in touch with people that do, so feel free to ask.  We would rather have your help than your money and having some people as customers and some as bike sellers detracts from the community nature of our Bike Club.


Cycle Re-Cycle does not charge for its services.  To remain viable, we rely solely upon donations of bike parts and consumables with volunteers giving freely of their time and bike mechanics’ expertise.

We gratefully receive pre-loved or abandoned bikes, parts and accessories.  At present, we are only able to take donations on Monday afternoons during our operating hours (5-8pm).

Anyone showing up on Mondays is encouraged to take part in the running of the workshop.  This can be by simply donating their time to help others learn how to maintain or repair their bike, help sorting of parts and components or general housekeeping.  The idea is that anyone who attends learns by hands on experience how to maintain/repair their bike and be able to share the knowledge gained with others.

To be up with all the news and to be involved in the latest happenings at the workshop, visit our Events, Diary, Discussion page.

If you find our help valuable or just had a good experience at Bike Club and would like to show your appreciation with a donation in kind (stuff we need), we always need inner tube repair / patch kits, degreaser, tools, oil and grease and, of course, we’d like your company while we fix bikes and help to keep the club going.  Most of all, we are always on the lookout for mechanically skilled people to share their talents.

The first time you attend, please ask for a tour of how the place works and where stuff goes.  Then, every time you attend to work on your bike, we ask that you spend 20 min to tidy up your work area to keep the workspace you used clean and tidy and help maintain the work space for the comfort and safety of everyone else.  This labour share is what keeps Bike Club running smoothly and makes it a good experience for others coming after you.


As a first point of contact as well as to seek out specific advice, we recommend you try our mailing list.  This will put you in touch with a cross-section of people involved with the workshop who have a wealth of information and experience to share.

As a last resort, you can directly contact the Club Co-ordinator or one of the following:

Oliver 0422 331 213 olivercashman At gmail d0t com
James 0422 684 236 james.ashton.nichols At gmail d0t com
Hugh xxxx 639 632 hughaj At gmail d0t com (Co-ordinator)

Please note that if you send a text message, you might not receive a reply due to our other life commitments.


Original by 12/09
(Updated by Hugh 10/10)

So at the last Bike Club meeting we had a huge turn out (Thanks everyone!) discussed opening another night a week, and there was consensus that this was a good idea. Thats right, Bike Club is looking to go steady TWO nights a week!

Meeting September 2009

Meeting September 2009

The idea behind this is to create a space for more focussed learning, for regular mechanics, those keen to get involved or simply wanting to learn more. This would supplement our regular Monday free for all sessions.

A a bit of Background: We ran a two day mechanics training a few weeks ago and we were overwhelmed by keen people. We had 15 people come for two 8 hour days, and about another 30 send us emails asking to be informed of future trainings.

It would be a semi structured learning program with a set topic or area for each week, which while allowing for some tangents, would aim to comprehensively work through the bike over a couple of months.

We would aim to draw on the expertise and experience that exists already within Bike Club and to expand that to all mechanics and keen new people. We could also occasionally get in particularly experienced people from outside the club for one off sessions, perhaps advanced wheel building, tig welding, who knows!
One idea floated was that we have a suggested donation of a 6-pack that goes to whoever runs the session each week.

We want feedback on whether people are excited by this prospect, and how it could work for them, so either leave a comment or select a day from the poll below.
Select a day and time on the link below (sorry the times were just drawn from thin air, we can fine tune them later)

Once we select a day, I would suggest we spend a few weeks promoting it on the website and with leaflets, then run it as a trial up until Christmas.
Other ideas or feedback is welcome


We’re having a meeting this Wednesday, the 23rd of September,  from 7pm at Berkelouw Books Cafe, 6-8 O’Connell St (just off King St), Newtown. Lots of things to get through and discuss, so if you would like to be involved with the organisation and future of the workshop then come along and give your opinion.

Also, we’re looking at updating the website and the information. Most of the information has been static for the better part of 3 years now, despite our required inputs and outputs changing a lot. While all the people involved with the organisation will be giving their thoughts on the update, the most important people are those that will actually use the site: namely you. While we are just starting this process now and it will likely take some time, we need all the help we can possibly get.

If you’re interested in helping us with this: you can read through the website and if anything strikes you as wrong or in need of improvement, then let us know. Opinions on the format, layout and general presentation would be appreciated too.

Any thoughts on the website, feel free to email me at markfinger*at*

Thanks, and we will endeavour to keep everyone updated on the results of the meeting and the ongoing happenings at the workshop.


This is a shout out to anyone who has ever come down to bike club wanting to know more about fixing bikes, or has wanted to help out but been unsure if they have the skills to do so.

Some of the keen volunteers at bike club in conjunction with UNSW and Sydney Bike club have decided to put on a two day skillshare on bike mechanics, repairs and maintenance skills. On Saturday and Sunday the 12th-13th September in a range of sessions with different facilitators, we will be working through the different parts of the bike in a hands on fashion. Tea, Food and Tools will be provided. 

WHY? Bike Club is a space that encourages people to develop their skills in working with bikes and with other people, to encourage the development and sharing of skills within community spaces. But breaking down the knowledge hierarchies takes work, work that we are keen to start. bike mechanics workshop



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