As of March this year, The Mechanical Tempest doesn’t exist in a physical sense! We have moved out of the 128 Radical Social Centre and we don’t yet have another workshop. We hope to move in to another space before the end of the year. In the meantime, if you want to work on your bike, we have an offshoot project: Bike Space!
Bike Space is pretty much the same deal as the Tempest, but we’re in a blue shipping container on the Wellington waterfront, just behind Te Papa. Check out our Facebook for opening hours. Bike Space is funded by the Wellington City Council.
Please note Bike Space is unable to accept donations of bicycles due to space constraints. If you have an unwanted bike, check out ReBicycle who are doing some great work connecting bikes with people who need them.
The old ‘About’ section is preserved below.
Mechanical Tempest is a community bike workshop situated in the radical social centre at 128 Abel Smith Street. You can come here to fix your bike, build one out of our bits and pieces, borrow a bike, and learn about what you need to do to keep your bike running smoothly and safely. We exist to rescue bikes and parts that would otherwise go to landfill, to promote cycling as sustainable transport and make it accessible for as many people as possible, and to provide an alternative to commercial bike shops.
We offer a space for you to work on your bike, all the tools you will need, and a small mountain of spare parts, and there is always a mechanic on hand to assist you. We’re always happy to help you learn, no matter what your skill level. But we won’t fix your bike for you – we’re a workshop, not a shop.
We do not charge a fee for using the workshop or any of our parts, but we ask that you leave some money as koha, which goes towards keeping the shop running. This is not compulsory and there is no minimum or maximum amount. Another way to give back is to come along to a working bee (held every month) and help to keep the place tidy and organised.
Mechanical Tempest is run entirely by volunteers and the good will of the community. We always accept donations of bikes and bike parts – you may be surprised at what we can salvage. And we are always on the lookout for more volunteers to be mechanics or come up with ways to make the workshop more awesome.
Mechanical Tempest supports and upholds 128’s Kaupapa and safer spaces policy, which is posted on the front door of 128. This means we work to create a welcoming, safe, and functional space free from all forms of oppression, domination and discrimination including but not limited to patriarchy, racism, colonialism, fatphobia, ableism, homophobia and transphobia. Please let us know if you feel we’re not doing a good enough job of this.