Category Archives: Workshops

June 24th – Touring – The WRENCH Summer Workshop Series

Join us on Saturday June 24th from 12:30-2:00 PM

Learn tips and tricks for when you’re ready to take a long haul.
Already an experienced touring cyclist? Come anyways – share your experience.

Kale and his bicycle setup

Our guest host, Kale Beaudry, is riding fast with a friend to make it here in time.  Look for Kale and his musical partner performing as the duo Dangertree at The Bike To Work Day celebration Friday June 23rd at the U of W front lawn.

February 25-26th Workshop – Basics of Wheel Building and Repair

ancient art, or is it science?

At long last, the return of last year’s most popular workshop – Wheel Building! To better cover the topic, this workshop is being extended into a series. The first part is tailored to the very beginning steps of wheel building: theory, nomenclature, materials, measuring, and lacing. The second part covers vertical and horizontal truing, tensioning, dishing, stress relief, and finishing.

The cost for the workshop is $20, unless you bring your own wheel build materials – rim, spokes, and hub.

The first workshop runs from 12:30 to 2:00 on Saturday, February 25th.
The second workshop runs from 12:30 to 2:00* on Sunday, February 26th.
*End time subject to change, as needed

Please register by sending an email to as space is limited.



January 28th Workshop – Winter Repairs & Maintenance

Iced Wheel

Is your bike tired of the freeze-thaw cycle? Are your hubs making more noise than the horn and bell you normally honk and ding with? Has your bike’s colour scheme changed to a shade of bright orange-red? You might have a case of the winter blahs affecting your travel companion.

Find out how to dispel the Winter spectre that’s haunting your ride with our Winter Repair & Maintenance workshop. Join us at the WRENCH this Saturday at 12:30.

Coaster Brake Workshop – Saturday, November 19th

coaster, kick-back, skidder, etc.

What is a coaster brake? It’s that rear wheel brake that’s built into the hub, needing only to pedal backward half a crank turn to engage. Many older cruisers have them and most kids’ bikes have them, and we’re about to dive in on a pile of kids bikes at the Cycle of Giving next month.

Come on down to the WRENCH this Saturday and we’ll all learn together how to adjust, disassemble, clean, and re-assemble coaster brakes.

The workshop runs from 12:30 pm until 2:00, followed by Volunteer Shop.

Hubs Workshop – Saturday October 29th

Workshop – Saturday October 29th
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM


Learn what makes your hubs tick, snap, crackle, and jump-jive, plus all the ins and outs and dos and don’ts about hub bearings.

We’ll have hot drinks ready.

If you’d like to stick around and help out, join us for volunteer shop after the session.

The workshop is free, but please register beforehand.
To register, or to get more information about the workshop, please email or call 204 296 3389.

Disc Brake Workshop – Saturday February 20th

 Workshop – Saturday February 20th
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Disc Brakes


Our Guest Instructor, Sam Dyck is a UWSA Bike Lab member and has a wealth of knowledge about disc brakes and he’d like to share it with you! Learn all the ins and outs and dos and donts about cable actuated disc brakes.

We’ll have the coffee on.

If you’d like to stick around and help out join us for volunteer shop after the session.