News - Stuff that's going on at look mum no hands!
Posted 03.06.2014 in
An excited crowd attended Mare Street on Friday 30th May for Anthony Collins short film, 'Come on Eileen'.
The 20 minute piece told the remarkable tale of distance cyclist Eileen Sheridan, who in the 1950s, defied the odds to become a record breaking professional cyclist.
Eileen, a cheeky, bright eyed 90 year old attended the evening retelling tails of early tandem rides, the unusual diet of a cyclist, and the perils of long distance cycling.
The film took these stories and showcased her astonishing career with cycling blogger Jude Brosnan playing Eileen and comedian Josie Long providing narration.
We saw Eileen's early Coventry Touring Club days, her training with husband Ken, and the grueling reenactment of her most famous ride, which set a standard for generations of female cyclists to come. In 1954, Eileen rode from Lands End to John O'Groats, a journey that saw her travel over 800 miles in 2 days, 11 hours and 7 minutes. A record that wasn't broken for 48 years.
It was a pleasure to hear from Eileen on the evening. A insightful cycling inspiration. Thanks to all who attended, Anthony Collins, CTC and Jude Brosnan.
Posted 27.05.2014 in
Rollapaluza hosted a Records Night at Mare Street on Saturday 24th May.
"We were privileged to have Guy Martins record breaking Rourke/Hope bike for our own record attempt, only this time on rollers – and not being towed behind a truck but in London’s premier cycling cafe Look Mum No Hands, Hackney which was a perfect venue for the event. Our riders would have 90 seconds to try and set the fastest speed and an opportunity to race our normal 500m."
Read their full blog post here: http://www.rollapaluza.com/blog/2014/05/rourke-speed-bike-rollapaluza-challenge/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
We'd like to thank Milltag, Swrve, Brooks, Hackney GT, and 5 Points Brewery for the prizes and Brian Rourke Cycles for Guy Martins bike.
Posted 08.04.2014 in
We were approached by Kat Jungnickel and Rachel Pimm of Goldsmiths, University of London who wanted to host a workshop at our Mare Street cafe to help local ladies make their own customised pair of bloomers.
They could ride away in them, but also learn more about the role bloomers played in women’s cycling, dress reform and the suffragette movement in 1890s Britain. We had around 12 ladies on Saturday 5th April drop in for the free workshop from 10am - 4pm. The event was part of a sociological research project exploring how the bike, bloomer, and the suffrage movement in late 19th Century Britain helped women carve out new forms of mobile citizenship. Bloomers are a central focus because in the move from under-wear to outer-wear they became a symbol of freedom of movement; both physical and ideological.
"The workshop was held in Look Mum No Hands East, a very popular bicycle cafe/workshop on Mare Street. It was a great location – bright open space, friendly supportive staff, delicious salads and cakes, good coffee and warm cycling vibe. It seemed only right that I should transport all of the sewing equipment for the Bloomer Making Workshop to LMNH by bicycle, so I hired one of Alix Stredwick’s fantastic Carry Me Cargobikes. It was a serious three-wheeler and I was transporting quite a lot of stuff – sewing machines, a full sized dressmaking womannequin, materials, patterns, scissors, thread, buttons and all the other accoutrements of sewing. I am used to loading my usual touring bike with a lot of stuff. But this was serious."
Read more in Kat's blog post here: http://bikesandbloomers.com/bloomer-making-day-ii-review/
As a follow-up event to the Bicycle Bloomer Making Workshop, Kat and Rachel are inviting folks to join them for a ride into London’s rich cycling innovation history. They’ll traverse the city by bicycle, weaving together some of the fascinating lesser-known stories about inventive women who made, wore and patented extra-ordinary ‘convertible’ cyclewear.
All (genders) welcome.
Bloomers are encouraged (especially if you made them in the workshop!) but not compulsory.
The ride will start outside The Serpentine Bar and Kitchen - the cafe on the edge of the Serpentine - at 2pm.
They will set off at 2.30. So please don't be late.
It will end at Look Mum No Hands! (Old Street) around 2 hours later for afternoon tea and cake.
The event is free (including complimentary cake and a drink), but please register so we can ensure there’s enough cake!
Register here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bloomer-ride-registration-11055301705
Found out more about the Bike and Bloomers project here: http://bikesandbloomers.com/
Posted 04.04.2014 in
Rebecca Reilley dropped by Mare Street on Saturday night last weekend to tell tales of her cycling past and her experiences as a messenger in various countries all over the world.
Curated and hosted by Emily Chappell and Buffalo Bill, a host of cyclists and non cyclists alike joined us to hear more.
We invited London cyclist and blogger Jason Cobb to record the eve. You can listen to Rebecca's full talk on audio boo: https://soundcloud.com/lookmumnohandsaudio
"To @1ookmumnohands! …last weekend for an evening spent in the company of bicycle messenger Rebecca Reilly. A rare UK visit for the author of Nerves of Steel: Bike Messengers in the United States, was the opportunity for the friendly folk of Look Mum (East, natch) to invite Rebecca to share some of her messenger stories with the London riders.
Buffalo Bill introduced Rebecca, telling tales of how her status was legendary on the messenger scene as a single-minded, hard as nails rider. I could feel my legs pumping away in anticipation, despite taking up a seated position. Chapeau!"
Posted 28.03.2014 in
Join us for a drink to celebrate the launch of Caz Nicklin's new book, The Girls' Bicycle Handbook on Thursday 3rd April from 6.30pm.
"The Girls' Bicycle Handbook is for women cyclists everywhere who need practical no-nonsense advice and information on cycling, and cycling in style. Whether you're a committed bike commuter or a complete novice, cyclechic.co.uk founder and cycle style blogger, Caz Nicklin gives the low-down on making cycling part of your lifestyle. From choosing the right bike for your needs to looking stylish and comfortable whatever the weather, and from combatting 'helmet hair' to road safety, fast repairs and getting your baby on board, The Girls' Bicycle Handbook tells you everything you need to know about life on two wheels."
The new range of Bern helmets will be available to try on and a free drink on arrival. Freshly prepared food, craft beers and superb coffee available.
Read more and pre order
125–127 Mare St, London E8 3RH
Posted 04.12.2012 in
Book your course here: https://lookmumnohands.myshopify.com/collections/courses-at-look-mum-no-hands
Posted 10.09.2012 in
THIS COURSE INCLUDES INSTRUCTION ON WHEEL REMOVAL AND REPLACEMENT, PUNCTURE REPAIR (2 methods), BIKE ROADWORTHYNESS ASSESSMENT, BRAKE BLOCK REPLACEMENT AND BRAKE SET-UP, CABLE MAINTENANCE, GEAR ADJUSTMENT AND MORE
INCLUDES FREE TOOL KIT (Pedros multi tool, tyre levers & repair kit) AND COFFEE
The course is held at Look mum no hands, 49 Old St. 10am - 4pm
Book here http://shop.lookmumnohands.com/products/basic-maintenance-course
Please email digger[at]lookmumnohands.com for more info.
Posted 03.09.2012 in
Enjoy live coverage every afternoon.
Posted 05.05.2012 in
Perhaps the most beautiful of the 3 Grand Tours.
5th May-27th May
We'll show every stage live, and evening highlights.
Monday 14th Stage 9- Live 14:15 Highlights at 19:00
Tuesday 15th Stage 10- Live 13:45 Highlights at 19:00
Wednesday 16th Stage 11- Live 13:45 Highlights 19:00
Thursday 17th Stage 12- Live 13:45 Highlights 19:00
Friday 18th Stage 13- Live 13:30 Highlights 19:00
Saturday 19th Stage 14- Live 12:45
Sunday 20th Stage 15- Live 14:15
Monday 21st Rest Day! Stage 15 Highlights 15:00
Tuesday 22nd Stage 16- Live 13:30 Highlights 19:00
wdnesday 23rd Stage 17- Live 12:30
Posted 08.03.2012 in
The season has begun!
If it's on Eurosport then it's on our enormous screen.
We have Continental Eurosport, not British Eurosport.
Here's a link to thier schedule, remember to deduct an hour from CET.
Best enjoyed with a beer and a pie.
Posted 29.02.2012 in
An exhibition of Emmanuel Benoit's portrait photographs, from the Eritrean national cycling team series, to be held from 1st March to mid-April at "Look Mum No Hands!" 49 Old Street, London.
I travelled for a long time around the Horn of Africa before I began my adventures in Eritrea in February 2010.
Eritrea is a country with 4 million inhabitants, situated between Sudan in the West, Ethiopia and Djibouti in the South, and the Red Sea in the East.
The story that follows, an extract from my travel journal, is a testimony of a beautiful encounter. On this occasion, to be able to share the images there and then with the Eritrean sportsmen, I found it necessary to use Polaroid.
« Early in the morning in Hotel Luna of Massawa, cyclists are having breakfast. They are accompanied by their coach Salomon Samson, as well as their technical assistant Hadi Barhi. We exchange glances and I ask them if they would allow me to take their portraits before they start the training.
They are all part of the national Eritrean cycling team, comprising of 25 cyclists in total. These 9 particular cyclists are following an intensive training program for one week, after which 7 of them are going to be chosen to take part in the Tour of Libya from 13th to 17th March - a journey of more than 600 kilometres. Salomon tells me that considering the topography of Eritrea (the capital Asmara is more than 2500m above the sea level where Massawa is), they are very good climbers but might find it a challenge to race in Libya due to the terrain being so flat.
They are all between 23 and 25 years of age.
Shooting takes place in a relaxed atmosphere, and everyone takes the photographic session very seriously. When the time comes for me to catch my bus to Asmara, I realise that I haven’t asked for their permission to use the images. Back in the hotel I prepare the documents they need to sign for me, and we all have lunch together. They have just finished an 80 kilometres cycle, so they eat a huge amount of pasta followed by fish. There is no amphetamine available to dope the sportsmen. I grab a cup of tea with Salomon and catch my bus to Asmara ».
Posted 15.02.2012 in
Rory is doing something mental in the yard............
The countryside in London is dying out. The sparse remaining pockets left of the original land that existed before the city expanded are becoming fewer each year, and this is not good. It’s not good for the environment and it’s not good for our sanity.
This installation will aim to simulate this tranquillity in a busy urban environment, and give visitors a moments peace and seclusion from the sonorous grind of the bustling metropolis.
More to come..
Posted 09.01.2012 in
Tibbs made a film about his Sunday morning muffin baking antics. Some of it is filmed in the cafe. If you missed it at the BFF you can now see it here. http://www.wakeuptomuff.com/wutmovie/
Posted 05.01.2012 in
Join us from 6pm. Cycling legend Graeme Obree talks to Jack Thurston about his new book.
Posted 23.12.2011 in
We're closed from 24thDecember, reopening on 3rd January.
Posted 18.11.2011 in
Come and join us on Friday the 16th of December
Posted 09.11.2011 in
Launch of a debut collection of cycling attire and bespoke cyclocross frames with live music. This should be wicked. Eri Okan play Brazilian Afrobloco live with support from DJ 1TA Part2style (Japan)
Posted 23.09.2011 in
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 6TH 2011.
All my life, I’ve had an addiction. I admit it. For almost all my life, I’ve become dependant, quiveringly enslaved, a slack-jawed junkie.
The black-black. Mama Gumbo. The 12 inch Nefertiti. The dark circle of Sirocco.
Of course at a molecular level it was just plain old alcohol. Ethyl alcohol. CH2. You might have heard of it as VINYL. Or the circle of Sirecco if you’re from round there.
My very first hit was back in 1982, Thriller, the cover depicting a young Michael Jackson with a baby Bengal tiger. Little did I know, that once fully grown, what a danger to small boys that little tiger would become. Not to mention Michael Jackson being a peadophile and that.
Soon my addiction grew and grew. Hip-hop, soul, funk, jungle, garage, R’n’B, until my vinyl even outnumbered my oven-shrunken monster munch packet collection.
But now I have decided that enough is enough. The fridge is full of 2-step. I can’t use my bath because of James Brown & the JBs. I can hardly sleep for block-rocking beats beneath my bed.
So the time has come to go cold turkey. I’m saying goodbye to the vinyl. I’d love for you to come and pay your respects and perhaps take one home for your spice cupboard.
Join me at Look Mum No Hands on Sunday November 6th I’ll be there all day, playing vinyl from my past and crying.
Posted 15.09.2011 in
Sigma sport Specialized host this apres-race bash where the riders will be swapping gels for Slags (our house Belgian lager)
Posted 05.09.2011 in
Monsters Illustration Collective is peddling artwork and prints at the fabulous bicycle cafe-bar 'Look Mum No Hands!' between the 4th and 16th of September.
We are having a Private View on Thursday 8th September from 6 -10 pm.
All work will be for sale and most of it can be bought framed or as limited edition prints.
With prices from £20....... even illustrators can afford them.
Come and join us for this Monsters special event.
Posted 30.08.2011 in
From September 19 to 25, three sculptural bike storage solutions are to be exhibited; Branchline, Shadow and Hood. Designed to support everyday life on two wheels, these premium pieces unite cycling culture with interior design.
The four Quarterre designers hail from multi-disciplinary backgrounds including automotive design. Driven by personal passions for cycling, the designers sought to address the challenges of owning a bike in an urban environment. Applying their technical expertise and knowledge of materials to bike storage, Quarterre has crafted this range of sculptural stands with a meticulous and measured eye. Rather than bikes creating assault courses in hallways, being relegated to the shed or the office back room, Quarterre's range of stands are effective and highly aesthetic storage solutions designed to seamlessly and elegantly integrate cycling with work or home environments.
Made exclusively in the UK using the highest quality materials and hand-finished with leather detailing, craftsmanship lies at the heart of this collection.
Made of folded steel, Hood is wall-mounted creating an architecturally faceted hook for hanging your bike.
Branchline is designed to adapt and grow alongside the owner's life and needs. The stand provides vertical storage for up to two bikes on two sets of adjustable arms and can adapt to a variety of frame shapes. The piece can stand independently against or be secured to the wall and is available in a clean laminate finish or sustainably sourced bamboo.
Freestanding Shadow is sculpted from a single sheet of folded steel. Shadow's cantilevered form can accommodate most wheel sizes and the bike can be easily rolled into position.
Furniture For Bikes combine stylish forms with function and simplicity with structural elegance. The streamlined shapes, architectural lines and quality of the pieces act as an impressive foil for a much-valued bike within the home or work place.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any enquiries.
Posted 18.08.2011 in
Basic bike maintenance for all. Call Digger at the cafe on 020 7490 3928.
Posted 29.07.2011 in
Bike Portraits is a exhibition by Kat Jungnickel that presents some of the rich and diverse cycling cultures of Hackney.
The private view takes place on Saturday 30 July with a bike ride between the five venues
25 portraits of people with their bicycles were taken in and around Hackney over the last year. Inspired by David Hockney's collages and comprised of up to 60 images, each portrait has a unique shape that emerges in the making. Left deliberately messy with jagged edges, exaggerated horizons and absurd architectures, they go someway to point to the nature of the personal, sensory and multi-dimensional experience of cycling. Kat also places herself in the images, thereby pointing to the collaborative and social nature of the work and contributing to the messy dynamic.
Cycling rates are growing across the UK and Hackney has seen the biggest increase in cycling of any of the London boroughs in recent years. Bike Portraits is part of a University of East London Sociology research project that focuses on Hackney and three other UK cities with relatively high cycling rates to find out why cycling thrives in some places. The research is ongoing with results expected at the end of the year. See www.cyclingcultures.org.uk.
In addition to LMNH, the exhibition is on display in 4 other bike shops and cafes in and around Hackney: Two Wheels Good (165 Stoke Newington Church Street), Push Cycles (35c Newington Green), London Fields Cycles (281 Mare Street) and Lock 7 (129 Pritchard's Road).
The private view takes place on Saturday 30 July with a bike ride between the five venues. Contact Kat on email@example.com to join in.
Posted 02.07.2011 in
We are very excited about the 2011 Tour.
We'll be showing as much coverage as we can get on our massive screen.
Generally we show Eurosport during the day (fewer ad breaks), then ITV highlights (7pm) in the evening (so we get our Liggett fix).
If it's being broadcast then we'll get it on. We'll also be showing the great film Chasing Legends on the 14th at 8pm
Check the calendar for more details.
Allez allez allez!
02/07/2011 - 11am
03/07/2011 - 1pm
04/07/2011 - 1pm
05/07/2011 - 1pm
06/07/2011 - 12:30pm
07/07/2011 - 1pm
08/07/2011 - 1pm
09/07/2011 - 1pm
10/07/2011 - 2pm
11/07/2011 - REST DAY
12/07/2011 - 1pm
13/07/2011 - 1pm
14/07/2011 - 11:15am
Posted 21.06.2011 in
We've had these brilliant hats designed to celebrate the Tour de France.
The hats are £10 and available in the cafe or online at http://lookmumnohands.myshopify.com/
Posted 03.06.2011 in
We'll be showing the race daily on the big screen.
Sunday - 1:15pm
Monday - 2:30pm
Tuesday - 3:30pm
Wednesday - 3:30pm
Thursday - 3pm
Friday - 2:30pm
Saturday - 3:15pm
Sunday 12th - 2:30pm
Posted 29.04.2011 in
It's the Giro! and we're going pink. We've got loads of stuff going on for the Giro. We will of course be screening all of the racing live on the screen during the day and replaying the highlights in the evening. We'll have a selection of very nice Italian bikes on show around the cafe, an exhibition of Giro inspired work by Jeff Parr inside the cafe and Rouleur Giro prints on display in the yard. We also have the launch of John Foot's book 'Pedalare' - a history of Italian cycling happening on the 5th. Check out the calendar for full details of all events.
Posted 01.03.2011 in
Click here to see it full size and check out some of the racing we'll be showing on the screen http://tinyurl.com/458t5hw
Posted 17.02.2011 in
7pm Wed 23rd February
Two tragically single 24-year-olds cycle across Morocco in a quest to learn about marriage and relationships. This 30-minute film is a pilot episode for George and Tom's documentary adventure to Cape Town (via Southern Russia) in 2011.
Posted 01.02.2011 in
Tue, 15 February, 18:00 – 23:00
It's a fiver to race or spectate.. Last event of the popular winter league, newcomers to Rollapaluza always welcome. Prizes from Condor Cycles!
Posted 12.01.2011 in
Thursday 27th January. The Ride is wicked and so was their last party here. BEER, BIKES and not just BLOKES.
Posted 04.01.2011 in
We love knitters and we are proud to host Aneeta Patel's drop-in knitting workshops.
Sunday 9th January 2011, 11am-1pm and every second Sunday of the month.
Knitting SOS - the REAL Fourth Emergency Service!
"I created Knitting SOS in 2005 as a free service for knitters in need of emergency advice. I feel strongly that sometimes a knitter will need a bit of advice to keep them going and I was keen to provide this as a free service rather than have knitters get 'stuck' and stop knitting for want of a little boost... so take advantage of over 30 years of knitting experience!"
Knitting SOS hotline: 07940 850 458
Knitting SOS email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Knitting SOS monthly workshop: details below
Posted 19.12.2010 in
We will be closing late afternoon on Christmas eve and re-opening on the 2nd of January. We hope you all have a great Christmas and New year.
Posted 15.11.2010 in
Bright times is back. Bigger and brighter. Saturday 11th December
Posted 30.09.2010 in
Posted 15.09.2010 in
'yarn & steel 2010' Tom Pande
[ vintage knitted jersey knitted around a Dawes : milkrace . ]
knitted by Maree Elizabeth Dawson : knitwear designer.
'velografik' studio . . . Its a studio set up to create & celebrate art + design ideas inspired by the 'velo' amongst the London bike community.
I am a South London based Designer and Cycling enthusiast. Tom (pande.t [at] googlemail.com)
Posted 31.08.2010 in
The Vuelta is live on the big screen and repeated at 7pm everyday
Posted 31.07.2010 in
Managed to get a fresh batch over from Italy before they all go on their Holidays for August. We can send these out too if you're unable to come in and pick up.
Posted 04.06.2010 in
We're all wetting ourselves with excitement at the moment. The Tour arrives tomorrow and there's loads going on. Here's some of the stuff that's happening over the next few weeks:
The Tour on the BIG screen
It starts this Saturday and we will be showing all The Tour coverage live without exception. We'll also be repeating the highlights later in the day so that you can come and catch them after work with friends and a beer.
Prologue Sizzle in the yard - this Saturday, 3rd
Northfield farm make brilliant organic sausages. They're making a special Tour De France sausage just for us. We'll be serving these up on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the start of the tour.
The Bike Jumble - this Sunday, 4th
The bike jumble is now on the first Sunday of every month at 11am. It's free to sell and there's no need to book. We will of course be showing Stage 1 of the tour live too.
Condor & Mavic Raffle draw – Sunday, 11th
We will be hosting the raffle draw on the 11th July. There are some brilliant prizes. Tickets on sale at Condor early next week.
Bastille day – Wednesday, 14th
Free stuff for beret wearing people, home cooked Cassoulet, French beer and Belleville Rendez-Vous on the screen in the evening.
Film Night – Wednesday, 21st
We like film nights. It will be something special and tour related with popcorn and 4 Slags for a tenner (our house beer).