Cycle of Giving is symbolic of The Wrench’s core work- salvaging bikes and parts from our local landfill and recycling sites, and putting them to the best use possible so that every Winnipegger can get around the city cheaply, while helping the planet.
To date, our headquarters have been in the basement of the Animal Services building. We love our partnership with the city, and this space serves us well and will continue to serve some of our needs.
But we want classroom, bike building, and retail spaces that are accessible, and that feel comfortable and inspiring for all Winnipeggers to visit and use. That means moving above ground!
Does your bicycle have trouble coming to a stop? Is there a loud squealing noise when you squeeze your brakes? Ever wondered what the difference between a cantilever and a V-brake is? Then this is the workshop for you!
Happening Saturday September 26th, 1-3PM. This workshop will be held outdoors, at The WRENCH’s Forks location!
All about brakes, this workshop will help you learn about different types of brakes found on bicycles, how they work, and how to repair them! From levers to calipers and everything in between.
Workshop is free (donations always welcome), no registration or previous experience necessary.
*Note this workshop will not focus on hydraulic disc brakes.
With the pandemic having disrupted much of our regular summer programming, we’ve been unable to move the hundreds of kids bikes that we’d usually donate throughout the summer. The number of bikes is starting to pile up at the landfill, so it’s time for…
Empty the Fill: Back 2 School Build-a-thon!
We’re calling on volunteers (like you!) to come out to the Brady 4R Depot (1777 Brady Rd) on the weekend of September 12 & 13, 2020 to help us refurbish as many kids bikes as possible, which will then be donated to kids who might not otherwise have the chance of owning a bike.
There are plenty of ways that volunteers of all skill levels can contribute to this fun community event!
Delivering Bicycles (from Brady to various locations in Winnipeg) Note: Volunteers with trucks are extra helpful here! Friday, Sept 18 9-1 Friday, Sept 18 1-5
COVID-19 Safety Procedures: We’ll be going above and beyond provincial safety guidelines with the event for everyone’s safety. The event will be held outdoors, with plenty of space between each repair stand, and a full set of tools per station. Volunteer Mechanics will work individually at a stand, unless they are in a pod/bubble together (family, partners, roommates, etc). Everyone will be required to answer a short COVID-19 questionnaire upon arrival.
Rides / Carpooling: If you have room in your vehicle and are willing to offer a ride to another volunteer, please let us know! We ask that when giving rides you maintain as much physical distance with the other person as possible (front seat/back seat). We can also give you disinfecting spray which is to be used on the commonly touched surfaces in your car, and masks to wear while inside the vehicle. If you are in need of a ride, please let us know and we will do our best to find another volunteer willing to help you.
So… you in?? Please email Jon at firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred shifts before they all fill up!
Back to School?! More like BIKE TO SCHOOL! (Or work!) Join us for this FREE workshop. Learn fantastic tips and tricks to make commuting by bicycle a fun, healthy and stress-free part of your life! In this workshop, you will be able to learn about, and discuss:
Accessories to make your commute easier
Keeping your bike Safe
This workshop will be held outdoors, at The WRENCH’s Forks location! Space is limited! Please sign-up to reserve a spot! Email email@example.com to save a spot for yourself!
The WRENCH at the Forks summer season of 2020. Things are slightly different this year due to COVID, but we are here to get you rolling on a bike! For more information see below.
Forks Bicycle Sales – Saturdays 12-6pm
From road bikes, to mountain bikes, vintage cruisers, to custom commuters, our ever changing selection has a bicycle for everyone! With each sale supporting The WRENCH’s bicycle programming for children and families across Winnipeg!
*Please note bike sales are only at this location for the summer season.
Forks Bicycle Repairs – Sundays 12-6pm
We are happy to be able to offer COVID-safe bike repairs and used part sales. In order to maintain physical distancing, bicycles are being worked on by WRENCH staff and are sanitized upon completion. All repair services and used parts are by sliding-scale donation.
The WRENCH at the Forks is located at the box cars, in the North-West corner of the Forks Market building.