Category Archives: Workshops

Next Mellow Velo: Sunday October 29th 2-5pm

Sunday October 29th 2-5pm

Every second Sunday at The Wrench we host Mellow Velo; Open Shop for Women, Trans* and Femme folks.

Mellow Vélo is for people who feel marginalized, intimidated and/or unsafe in macho, male-dominated spaces. This can include women, two-spirit, trans, non-binary and femme people. We believe bicycles can be instruments of empowerment and freedom and that gaining knowledge of bicycle repair can have an immensely positive impact on one’s life and sense of self.

Mellow Vélo is actively looking for volunteers to lend a hand, no skills necessary, please let me know if you are interested by emailing me at

Pre-COG Workshop: Skills for the Kids’ Bike Fixing Marathon

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18th from 12:30-2pm 

This workshop is to prepare folks for volunteering at Cycle of Giving (COG); The WRENCH’s Annual 24-Hour Kids’ Bike Building Marathon!*

At COG countless volunteers (like YOU and all your FRIENDS *nudge nudge*) will work around-the-clock to fix up hundreds of bicycles to be given away to kids in need.

At this Pre-COG workshop, participants will learn highly useful skills relevant to COG, such as how to quickly assess and efficiently fix up kids’ bikes, so that they are safe, roadworthy steeds.

If you are planning on volunteering at COG, this workshop is highly recommended!

*COG will be on December 2nd-3rd, at the Orioles Community Centre, 444 Burnell

September 23rd – Singlespeeds – The WRENCH Workshop Series

Join us on Saturday September 23rd from 12:30-2:00 PM

it's a gif

It’s a workshop all about singlespeeds!

Topics covered :

  • why single gear it?
  • how to convert any geared bike into a singlespeed
  • gear ratios
  • singlespeed vs. fixed gear
  • maintenance needs for singlespeeds
  • style points

Come on by and learn a new skill! We provide the tools, knowledge and coffee.
Register by email to or

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.