About us

We promote cycling culture in Hastings and St Leonard’s.

We are a free to access, volunteer run, weekly community bicycle workshop.

We provide access to skills, advice, spare parts and tools. We help people who can’t afford to go to a bike shop, fix, build and maintain their bikes and we encourage a DIY skill sharing culture for those who wish to learn and contribute.

Our history

We have run a weekly open access workshop session in Hastings, East Sussex, since 2012.

We are based in the former lifeguard stores, Lower Promenade, in front of Warrior Square.

We open every Wednesday evening and have an average of 15 users per week during the winter, and 25 per week in the summer.

We have a flow through of around 20-30 bikes per month over the year, and work with a wide spectrum of the local community including refugees and homeless users of The Seaview Project and other support projects.

Our people

We are a Constituted Community Group, with a core of volunteers who keep the project running. New volunteers are always welcome, as are any donations of bikes or bike bits.

As well as the weekly workshop we also run bike maintenance sessions as part of larger events, and can provide a ‘Dr Bike’ service to organisations.

The value of the volunteer hours within the bike workshop sessions in 2017 were estimated at over £5000.

Our workshop

Our workshop has shop quality Park Tool and Pedro’s tool kits, several Feedback Sports pro work-stands, and lots of boxes of recycled spare parts. We received a National Lottery grant for the tool and equipment set up.

We supply and stock, at cost, basic brake blocks and cables, but we try and reuse everything else.

Bike Lab Hastings - The Labyrinth, The Former Life Guard Stores, Lower Promenade, Warrior Square, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, TN37 6BA | Contact us