All hands on deck!

Posted: March 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

I’m hopeing to have a work day at the carriage house on Sunday April 1st. It would be a time to assemble workbenches, install lighting, make a list of things to do for the next workday. Let’s say noon, April 1 at the carriage house. See ya there. Robert


Tentative work date

Posted: March 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

We are getting workbenches, tools and lighting together. Hope to have a work day at the carriage house around April 1st, to get things rolling. Robert

Wish list update

Posted: March 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

I’ve gotten one useable vise, a couple of tool boxes with some tools that will work for us. I’ve got a small pile of bikes at my barn (bugtussle). We’re getting there …slow but sure.

Our Wish List

Posted: February 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Springfield Bike Kitchen is currently in need of several items, including:
Bench vises (4)
Bicycle repair stands (3)
Wheel truing stand (1)
Fluorescent shop lights (6)
Just about any tool, but especially: Metric wrenches, channel lock pliers, vise grips, hammers
Donated bikes to repair or strip for parts
To make a donation, contact Robert LaBonte at (217) 836-8387.


Posted: February 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

Welcome to the Springfield Bike Kitchen blog. Organized by master bicycle mechanic and builder Robert LaBonte, the Springfield Bike Kitchen will open in the early summer of 2012.

The Bike Kitchen helps assure that all bicyclists have an opportunity to ride a safe bicycle. To accomplish this goal, the Springfield Bike Kitchen will empower cyclists to repair their own bicycles by offering access to low-cost parts, tools, work space, and advice from volunteer mechanics. Individuals who are unable to pay the small fee for access to Bike Kitchen services will be offered opportunities to volunteer at the Bike Kitchen in exchange for access.

As the Bike Kitchen grows, Robert plans to develop a Build-A-Bike program for at-risk youth. Build-A-Bike programs provide apprenticeships that teach both mechanical and problem-solving skills, while encouraging tolerance for diversity by exposing youngsters to the diverse population of Bike Kitchen users.

Robert and his volunteers look forward to becoming an integral part of the Springfield cycling community, “Making Springfield a Better City…One Bicycle at a Time.”

For more information visit us on Facebook or call Robert LaBonte at (217) 836-8387.