Vote for the WRENCH @ MTS Future First to support the Northern ReCycle Tour

Welcome to the WRENCH!

Volunteers – Please note that the WRENCH shop will be closed on Saturday April 26th for the City of Winnipeg bike auction

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VOTE FOR US!

The WRENCH has been nominated for the $10,000 MTS Future First Community Grant.  Please help us by voting today!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE

Programs

Open Shop Drop-In    Thursdays, Noon – 5:30                                                           

Once a week participants drop in to fix their bike or build a bike with the assistance of WRENCH staff and volunteers. Everyone is welcome to participate. To ensure that money is not a barrier to accessing services, bicycles & parts are offered by suggested donation (sliding scale) or in exchange for volunteer time (average 4.5 hours for a bicycle).

 Note:  If just taking parts cash donation mandatory

Volunteer Shop        Saturdays, 2:00 – 4:30                                                            

Participants build skills by stripping, recycling and sorting bicycles & parts or working on other tasks that support WRENCH programming. Once per month Volunteer Shop hours are expanded to include volunteer orientation workshops.

Next Volunteer Orientation – Saturday, May 3rd at 1pm

Check out Events&News page for more volunteer opportunities and outreach programming.

E-mail volunteer@thewrench.ca to sign up for WRENCH volunteer email updates.

Community Workshops

Bike Part Art – Saturday, May 3rd 2-4:30 pm at the WRENCH

The Wrench has been paired up with local artist Dimitry Melman, who will be working with volunteers and drop in participants to create works of art with mosaic tiles, paint, and of course bicycle parts! To get started, Dimitry will be visiting the shop every second Saturday. Everyone is encouraged to bring friends and family for a fun afternoon of arts & crafts. No experience necessary, come get creative!

Please spread the word!

Internal 3 Speed Hubs (Sturmey Archer) – Saturday May 31st – 12:30 – 2 pm

Learn how to disassemble, clean, lube & repack an internal 3 speed rear hub; the kind found on old cruisers.  We can provide the wheel, or bring you own if you wish.  We’ll specifically be working on Sturmey Archer hubs, so if you bring your own of a different brand you’ll likely have to do some of your own self-directed learning.  This is a somewhat advanced workshop so bring along your patience and attention to detail.

It’s A Hub Hubbub! – Saturday, June 28th – 12:30 – 2 pm @ The WRENCH

The hubs in the centre of each bike wheel should be re-greased and adjusted every year.  Have you done yours yet?  We’ll disassemble, clean re-grease, add fresh bearings and adjust hubs on front and rear wheels.  It’ll be a greasy good time!

Headsets -  Saturday, July 26 – 12:30 – 2 pm @ The WRENCH

Headsets are the bearing system that controls the steering on your bike.  We’ll go through how to service, adjust or replace the bearings on both threaded (older style) and threadless headsets.

Frame Bending – Saturday, August 23 – 12:30 – 2 pm @ The WRENCH

This advanced workshop will cover some intro frame bending techniques for straightening derailleur hangers, straightening dropouts and assessing if a frame’s rear triangle is out of alignment.  Plenty of old bike frames have slight bends where they shouldn’t and this workshop will teach important techniques that should be in every bike mechanic’s toolbox.

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