Bike Shed

Strong Bearings Community Bike Shed – Brisbane

Open Sundays 10am-12pm (fair weather only)
10 Laura St, Highgate Hill

Our community includes many cyclists and our volunteer-run community bike workshop has been part of the Turnstyle space for many years.

Our bicycle co-operative has many tools for bike repairs and a small selection of bikes in various stages of repair if you want to build one yourself or find some second-hand parts.
Need some free help to fix your bike in Brisbane?
We work on the theory of self education through direct experience, so when you come to repair your bike, you will be doing all the work, with the patient help and support of our workshop volunteers. Consequently we hope that you will leave feeling more knowledgeable and empowered about your bike.

How does the Bike Shed work?
The bike shed is run by volunteers and donations, and the volunteers have other commitments both before and after the advertised hours. Only come to use the bike shed during the advertised opening hours. Please bring a $2 donation every time you use the shed, plus a donation of an amount you think is reasonable if you are taking any parts or a whole bike. We use your donations to pay for grease, oil, degreaser, hand cleaner, patches, broken and new tools, etc.

Where can i buy a cheap bike in Brisbane?
We often have fully serviced bikes for sale for around $100 each.

Can I donate a bicycle?
Yes! We recycle bikes!
We are always looking for donations of quality bikes in any condition. Please leave donated bikes in the bike rack on Laura street.

What bike tools are available to use?

Some tools that aren’t commonly found in most households include:
Wheel truing stand, derailleur hanger aligning tool, drop-out aligner tool, crank puller, chain breaker, cassette and freewheel removal tool, headset spanners, cone spanners, bottom bracket removal tool.

Ghost Bikes

In September 2013, due to concern about a large number of cyclists being killed on our local roads and the small amount of media attention paid to these deaths attributing them to “freak accidents”, a group was created to prepare and erect ghost bikes for cyclists who have been killed locally in traffic accidents. Ghost bikes are bicycles painted white and locked to a street sign near the site where a cyclist has been killed, accompanied by a small plaque. Ghost bikes serve both as memorials to the cyclist and a reminder to all road users to be careful.
Turnstyle can help prepare a ghostbike in the tragic event of losing another rider.

Ghost bike photo

Cyclist Road Toll

There have been approximately 1200 road fatalities in Australia each year for the last few years. This included 33 cyclists killed in 2012, 50 cyclists killed in 2013, 45 cyclists killed in 2014 and 27 cyclists killed on Australia roads in the first half of 2015.

In Queensland, 13 cyclists died on Queensland roads in 2013, aged 5, 7, 8, 19, 31, 32, 37, 40, 54, 58, 64, 70 and 74 years old. 10 cyclists died on Queensland roads in 2014, aged between 21 and 70. 3 cyclists have died on Qld roads in the first half of 2015, aged between 38 and 77.

Australian road fatality statistics are published by the Australian Government here, although media articles sometimes seem to quote different figures.

Whether you’re a driver or a cyclist, please watch this Dear Motorist video and be more aware of cyclists on the road.

SES sweeping up after an accident

How to be a Better Driver/Cyclist

How to be a better driver:

  • Give cyclists plenty of room;
  • Check for cyclists; and
  • Give way to cyclists.

How to be a better cyclist:

  • Follow the road rules.

Road Rules for Drivers and Cyclists

Whether you are a motorist or a cyclist, do you know the road rules that apply to cyclists in Queensland? The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads provides details of bicycle road rules in Queensland.

Here is a summary of some of the rules that riders and drivers often seem confused about (at 11 Jan 2016):

  • Cyclists and motorists have the same rights and responsibilities when using the road. Cyclists are legitimate road users and have the right to be treated with courtesy and care by other road users.
  • Motorists must leave a minimum distance of 1m when passing a cyclist in a 60km/h or less speed zone, or 1.5m where the speed limit is over 60km/h.
  • To pass a cyclist – as long as it is safe to do so – you are allowed to drive over centre lines (including double unbroken centre lines) on a 2-way road, straddle or cross a lane line (including a continuous lane line) on a multi-lane road, and drive on a painted island. If it is not safe to pass a cyclist, you must wait until it is safe to pass.
  • A person must not cause a hazard to a cyclist by opening a door of a vehicle, leaving a door of a vehicle open, or getting off, or out of, a vehicle.
  • Your bicycle must have at least one effective brake and a warning device (eg bell) in working order.
  • When riding at night you must have front and rear lights, and a rear reflector.
  • You can ride in bicycle, bus and transit lanes and emergency stopping lanes unless prohibited by a sign.
  • Cyclists may ride two abreast in a lane. Cyclists must not ride more than two abreast unless overtaking.
  • Cyclists must ride to the left of any oncoming vehicle.
  • Cyclists may choose whether or not to use a bicycle lane where one is provided.
  • Bicycles can overtake to the left of a vehicle unless: the vehicle is signalling to turn left, or unless it is unsafe to do so.
  • A driver overtaking a bicycle must pass at a sufficient distance to avoid a collision or obstructing the path of the bicycle; and must not return to the marked lane or line of traffic where the bicycle is travelling until the driver is a sufficient distance past the bicycle to avoid a collision or obstructing the path of the bicycle.
  • Signalling: Hand signals must be given by cyclists when turning right.
  • Cyclists can make hook turns at all intersections unless signage prohibits hook turns by bicycles.
  • Footpaths: In Queensland, cyclists of any age are allowed to ride on a footpath unless prohibited by a ‘No Bicycles’ sign. You must give way to pedestrians and ride in a manner that does not inconvenience or endanger other footpath users.
  • Riding across a road on a crossing at traffic lights: Cyclists are permitted to ride across a road on a pedestrian crossing, zebra crossing or children’s crossing at traffic lights if you proceed slowly and safely, give way to pedestrians on the crossing, and keep to the left of any oncoming bicycle rider.
  • At a zebra crossing or children’s crossing that is not at traffic lights, you can ride across provided you come to a complete stop first; proceed slowly and safely; give way to any pedestrian on the crossing; and keep to the left of any oncoming cyclists.
  • A bike rider may cross a continuous white edge line in order to ride along the road shoulder but must give way to vehicles on the roadway when moving back onto the road across the continuous white edge line.
  • Roundabouts: At roundabouts drivers who want to turn right at two lane roundabouts are required to enter the roundabout and complete the turn from the right hand lane. Cyclists are exempt from this requirement and may enter the roundabout and complete a right hand turn from either the left lane or the right lane. If you choose to turn right from the left lane, you must give way to any vehicle that wants to leave the roundabout.
  • Giving way: If you turn at an intersection (driver or cyclist), you must give way to pedestrians crossing the road you are turning into.

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