Adelaide Bike Kitchen
I just love the community spirit of these guys. Putting back something to the community that has given them so much.
To steal (mostly) from their website –
The Adelaide Bike Kitchen provides an open space where you can learn to fix your bicycle. We receive donations of bicycles and parts, and hold weekly workshop sessions where volunteers teach you how to maintain your bike (or even build one from scratch!). We also host community dinners, parties, skillshares and other events to bring together like-minded people in Adelaide and celebrate all things bike. Everything we do is donations- and volunteers-based, and we make decisions by consensus.
We are a non-commercial, non-hierarchical volunteer based organisation, pooling local resources and skills in addressing social isolation.
We provide a teaching and learning environment in Do It Yourself bike mechanics, free from intimidation and discrimination to empower individuals in autonomous social mobility and further common interest community projects.
The Adelaide Bike Kitchen are located in 22 Gibson Street, Bowden and hold workshops there every Wednesday from 5 – 8pm, followed by a community dinner.
If you can, give these guys support. Head on down for one of the workshops, donate your help or even spare parts.
Young Next Year
The age profile of the cyclists is broad, but the guys I ride with are generally in the 45 – 55 bracket. I’m not far away from the median of this group. There are of course some a little on the younger side, so you probably won’t be all that interested in this next section.
Like me, the white elephant in the room is – how long can I expect to carry on riding before the body and mind succumbs to the the inevitable, and take up bowls.
How do you envisage your body to be consumed, so to speak, over the next 20, 30, 40 years?
Do you feel that you have already begun on that slippery slope as shown in the first graph? Or perhaps you feel that you can hold back the tides and enjoy a good level of performance for many years to come?
Or better still, from now, perhaps you can improve your performance before the old father catches up?
I very rarely read self help books, but a posting in “atwistedspoke” about a book called Young Next Year got me thinking the other day, which can be a dangerous thing.
Why can’t I carry on improving over the next 10+ years. A good friend of mine who is a tad older than me has just trained his guts out and finished the Busselton Ironman a few weeks back. 3.8km swim and 180km bike ride and a 42 km run! 13hours and 22 minutes!
Well done Steve, a great effort and truly inspirational.
Just goes to show that old farts can keep on getting better with age.
It’s fantastic; the best book on health and fitness and diet and the entire world of science and biology and genetics and neurology that keep the million miracles in your body all working together in harmony.It’s written by two guys, one a doctor and one a geezer. They essentially trade off chapters; the doctor giving you the latest insights into your body — the science, the studies, the implications and possibilities.The first and perhaps biggest thing they do is to explode a health myth that most of us buy into on some level: the inevitability of falling apart. They make a powerful distinction between unavoidable aging and largely avoidable physical declines associated with everything from disease to sore joints. In their view, there’s no reason why you can’t be physically active — biking, skiing, playing porn star, well into your 80′s.They insist on a few things and one is serious exercise 6 days a week and in particular, weight training.So I got back into the gym ……. but I saw significant improvements in three months.My strength is building back — slow but steady — and that has translated on the bike and up the mountain. At 56, I have a new best time on my benchmark climb and the pedals feel lighter, like I have more spin in my legs. I’ve lost the love handles on the side………It’s an extremely enjoyable read– factual, funny and empowering — and when I say that, know that I hate self-help books and have bought only one in my entire life.