How getting more women into bike maintenance could help SMASH THE PATRIARCHY!

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We were delighted to be joined by Jenni, the founder of the London Bike Kitchen this month to talk about what LBK does, and how more women should get into bike maintenance (apparently they are much better at it than men).  Much ranting about a lack of female role models in STEM fields may have ensued.  Plus maybe quite a lot of raving about Mary Anning, President Chloe’s favourite palaeontologist (sorry for all the dino chat guys!).

Jenni talked to us about the London Bike Kitchen, an open DIY bike workshop where you can learn how to fix your bike!  She is super passionate about people learning how to fix their bikes rather than just charging people to fix them.  I have a feeling a few of us may be heading over there to do a class or two on bike maintenance soon…

Jenni shared with us her top tops on starting up a new enterprise (this seems to have been a bit of a theme of our meetings so far this year!)

  • Make mistakes – you will learn from them!LBK logo
  • Talk to everyone – you never know what people might know that could be incredibly useful to you…
  • Learn how to say no
  • Know your weaknesses
  • Capitalise on motivation.  You may not always feel super excited to get on with something, so do it whilst you’ve got the enthusiasm!

If you want to find our more they are on all the social media channels @LDNBikeKitchen, or LBK.org.uk.

And finally, why aren’t there more female bike mechanics if they are better than men?

  • We need more positive role models
  • There needs to be more opportunities for girls and women to get into these kinds of fields
  • And finally (although how to do this remains a bit of a mystery) we need to SMASH THE PATRIARCHY!
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And finally a picture of Mary Anning. Just because…