Pro Bike Service ran a regular series of successful bicycle maintenance workshops (the focus of the enterprise) every other Sunday from March till November 2016 within a small pilot workshop. Within our new premises, we have launched these again –new dates posted soon!
Interested? email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what you’d like to learn. We can even offer one-to-one or bespoke training workshops – perhaps you’d relish the challenge of fully stripping and rebuilding your bike? maybe you want to gift a 30minute ‘taster’ workshop to your top staff?
With greatly increased capacity and a redesign from the bottom up, Pro Bike Service have expanded our offerings, allowing us to host midweek Corporate Training days, take on Service Contracts with local businesses and consider other local needs such as Event Pop ups. We even built a vehicle and trailer for this and designed the toolboards and workbenches to be easily transportable.
In addition to extending our training and servicing. We also have a number of positions opening up for volunteer mechanics and those looking to get more involved in the social enterprise
There are many other exciting things happening at the Mobile Garden City, including a multitude of Gardening activities and opportunities run by Groundwork London
Pro Bike Service wishes to pay particular thanks for the invaluable help from Ana Gillespie, Ilyass Meskini and Sean Bennett during the initial build stage, Graham Taylor Burge, Chas Wilshere and also Jarno Crippa for their ongoing support, Alastair Anderson, for many generous donations and gifts plus assistance during the new build, Laura Alexander for her assistance with helping clarify the ‘Why’ and Dave Pilkington for his fundraising effort at the 2017 Hackney Half Marathon which paid for much of our new tooling. A huge thank you also goes to Nic Laurent, the architect who gifted Pro Bike Service C.I.C. with our new workshop container
We’d also like to thank Andreas Lang from Public Works (creator of R-Urban Wick, the project this was orignally brought onsite to assist), Rokiah Yaman (leading small scale Anaerobic Digestion at R-Urban) and last but by no means least, Gabrielle Boraston, Sophia Bromfield, Ruth Arnott, Danielle Johnson, Victoria Robinson, Sean Gifford and Emily Morshuis from Groundwork London who’ve created and nurtured such a great space and have been a joy to work alongside
Pro Bike Service was a private business that was transformed into a privately funded social enterprise in October 2015 and brought into a project called “R-Urban” – intending to initiate and support a Tool Lending library, with the aim of both running alongside each other independently. Pro Bike Service separated from the R-Urban project in July 2016 and became incorporated as an independent Community Interest Company in May 2017
The current incarnation of Pro Bike Service was created to provide high quality bicycle maintenance services and community-based training opportunities to the local community, enabling them to safely maintain and repair their own bikes. Interactive workshops run throughout the year to encourage maximum engagement. Everyone is welcome
Pro Bike Service:
– promotes safe bicycle use
– supports increasing numbers of people to cycle
– builds connection between people locally
– invests in developing new community skillsets through participative training workshops
– nurtures and supports personal and community wellbeing and cohesion
– encourages sustainability through the exclusive use of ecological products and practices, also bringing cycling to a new audience by offering recycling and upcycling workshops which utilise waste streams and champion circular economics
The project removes inability to pay for services as a barrier to entry by employing gift economics, serving the entire community by need rather than means. Users of both the maintenance and training services, indeed anyone so inclined, are given the opportunity to contribute by gifting in a variety of ways to Pro Bike Service. More details on the philosophy and reasoning behind this are explained in our History page