Summertime, and the cyclin’ is eeeaaaaaassyyyyy…. (June newsletter)

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19 June 2014

This week, why not go low carbon?

If you haven’t already heard the news, it’s Oxford Low Carbon Week AND UK/Oxford Bike Week! There are activities all around the city promoting low carbon, sustainability, local food, good business, cycling, and so much more. As part of it, we were on Bonn Square on Wednesday co-promoting Tandem Festival, and we’ll be hosting a breakfast for riders in the Solstice Ride on Friday morning. Plus we’ll be at Tandem Festival helping people fix their bikes (Sat/Sun 9.30am-12pm), AND our open workshop entrance fee will be waived for anyone using the shop all day Sunday!

Get out and enjoy the sunshine, boys and girls. There’s nothing better for generating new ideas and general well-being than hopping on a bicycle.

But then again, we’re biased… 😉

Pedal hard and in joy,
– Cassiope, Elle, Sam, and the Broken Spoke Team

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Presenting, the 2013-14 Annual Report!

Walking down the red carpet in gorgeous red, blue, and beige, the Broken Spoke Annual Report is looking stunning. We believe in transparency (of our information, not our clothes), so in one concise place you’ll learn everything you need to know about our operations last year.

Thanks to everyone who made this last year possible. We couldn’t do it without YOU!

Learn some stuff:

  • Bike Mechanics 101 – June 26 & July 3 – SOLD OUT
  • Family Bike Workshop – July 27 – 9.30-11am (only £10! Watch our Facebook for booking details once they go live)
  • Bike Mechanics 101 – July 24 & 31 – 5.45-8.45pm
  • External Mechanics – August 7 & 14 – 5.45-8.45pm
  • Bike Mechanics 101 – August 28 & September 4 – 5.45-8.45pm

And remember, we DO teach private lessons and bespoke courses for groups up to 7 people. Just email to learn more.

For everything else, book online today!

We’re Recruiting!

We’re looking for a Communications Volunteer to join our humble team. It’s unpaid (for now!) but you’ll get a unique opportunity to shape the public image of an exciting start-up social enterprise (we’ve been learning some corporate buzzwords, lol).

We’d like to hear from you before 11 July, and you can find detailed specs on our website here. Share far and wide!

Team Beryl is coming to a festival near you!

We were delighted to be part of the Oxford Pride festival a few weekends ago, and it was really fun to share a booth with Sustrans! Keep an eye out for Team Beryl representatives throughout the summer, including at the Tandem Festival this weekend!!

Protecting, Progressing, and Prospering

Co-operatives UK Southeast Conference
2 July 2014
This is a one day Conference that will showcase the work of communities who have come together co-operatively to make a difference to where they live. You’ve got TWO chances to hear about the Broken Spoke, because Cassiope will be speaking both before and after lunch.

Your support means everything to us

This year we’ve changed our supporter system to make it easier for everyone. Now, no matter when you sign up, all supporterships expire on 30 September or 31 March (depending on whether you sign up for 6 months or 1 year). The cost is £60 for a full year, and £30 for 6 months. Here are the perks:

  • FREE (that’s right FREE) access to the workshop ALL THE TIME!
  • 10% off ALL stock, parts, and courses!
  • A keyring!
  • A pack of Broken Spoke postcards!
  • A really pretty supporter card for your wallet!
  • Invitations to workshop improvement parties!

You can sign up online or in the workshop. Yay!

Much fun will be had.

Popping up all across the city, you’ll find LOADS of crazy awesome low carbon events, talks, and activities for Low Carbon Oxford Week.

It’s also Oxford Bike Week, so pop on over to see what rides are on offer!

Oh yeah, and this is happening soon…


Pan-european, intimate and inspiring, Tandem is a brand new festival starting this year at Hill End, Oxford. From the 20th to 22nd June, Tandem Festival will showcase a range of musicians and performers, alongside workshops, documentaries and talks promoting community projects and eco-living.

How can a festival be pan-European and eco-minded!? The answer is by encouraging everyone to join the fun by bike! Cycling expeditions from key locations are being organised to get people from continental Europe and UK to ride out together and Tandem Festival in June. So far routes are being planned from Cambridge, London, Amsterdam and Paris!

Broken Spoke mechanics will be there to help make sure your bike is working for the ride home!

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