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General Announcements.

Free Workshop: Brakes

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.

Weekend programming to start again in October

We are excited to announce that we will be offering Volunteer Orientations, Volunteer Shop and Mellow Vélo on weekends starting October 3rd.

Registration is now required for all WRENCH activities, as we are restricting the number of people in the shop at one time. Please email Sarah at volunteer@thewrench.ca to sign up for any weekend programming.

Please note that some of the time-slots have changed from what they once were (Volunteer Shop is now most Saturdays from 3-5pm, Volunteer Orientations are on the first Saturday of the month, either 1-2:30 or 3-4:30 depending on the month, and Mellow Vélo is bi-weekly on Sundays from 2-5pm).

For specific information about each program and when exactly they will be offered, please check out our website Calendar.

We have scheduled programming on our Calendar until the end of December, check back in the coming months for our January 2021 programming schedule.

Empty the Fill: Back 2 School Build-a-thon!

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!

Repair Stand Mechanic Shifts (at Brady 4R Depot)
Sat, Sept 12 9:30-1pm
Sat, Sept 12 1-5pm
Sun, Sept 13 9:30-12pm
Sun, Sept 13 12-3pm

Snack Area (at Brady 4R Depot)
Sat, Sept 11 11-3pm
Sun, Sept 12 10-2pm

Bike Cleaning (at Brady 4R Depot)
Sat, Sept 12 9:30-1pm
Sat, Sept 12 1-5pm
Sun, Sept 13 9:30-12pm
Sun, Sept 13 12-3pm

Pre-Event Packing (at the WRENCH – 1057 Logan Ave.)
Fri, Sept 11 11-2:30pm
Fri, Sept 11 2:30-6pm

Post-Event Unpacking
Sun, Sept 13 3-7pm (Start at Brady, finishing at WRENCH)
Mon, Sept 14 12-4pm (finishing unpacking everything @ WRENCH)

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 cog@thewrench.ca with your preferred shifts before they all fill up!

Bicycle Commuting Workshop: Bike to work! Bike to school!

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:

  • Commuting bikes
  • Clothing
  • Accessories to make your commute easier
  • Keeping your bike Safe
  • And More!

This workshop will be held outdoors, at The WRENCH’s Forks location! Space is limited! Please sign-up to reserve a spot!
Email merrill@thewrench.ca to save a spot for yourself!

Applications are OPEN for our Wheels of Courage program!

Wheels of Courage (WoC) is a free, 10 month volunteer program at the WRENCH for young people (ages 15-30) who love bikes and want to use them as a tool for personal growth and social change.

WoC participants gain exclusive access to a diverse array of skill-building workshops as well as support and funding to develop their own Community Projects.

Click HERE to be directed to the Wheels of Courage page on this website for more details and to apply today!

Application Deadline is Tuesday, August 25th!

The WRENCH at the Forks

We are excited to announce our official opening of The WRENCH at the Forks for the 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.

The WRENCH is providing COVID-safe bike repairs!

We are now open Thursdays from 12 – 4:30 at 1057 Logan to help you with bike repairs and parts sales!

WRENCH staff will be set up outdoors to accept bicycles for repairs and take orders for used parts. All repairs will be done inside by WRENCH staff and sanitized upon completion.

We continue offering affordable sliding-scale pricing for repairs and used parts. In order to ensure physical distancing we cannot have the public in our shop, this means that volunteering is not possible at this time.

Open Shop days are intended to give access to those who cannot otherwise afford bicycle repair services.

Please note that we cannot offer Bike Builds at this time.

*Update* WRENCH closure

All WRENCH programming is suspended until mid July, 2020.

WRENCH community, we are all thinking of you in this trying time and want you to know that we are working hard at building services to offer you during the closure of our space and programming. In the meantime, we hope you are still enjoying riding your bikes in accordance to all social distancing safety recommendations!

Above is a picture of Erika, one of our Administrative teammates. She is one of our hard working staff dedicated to providing for this community we share.

Wheels & Feels

Friday, March 13th 7-10pm
@ The Edge Gallery & Urban Art Centre
611 Main street


Do you love bicycles, art and community-building?

Well then we’d love for you to come to the Art Show Finale for the Wheels of Courage (WoC) Mentorship Program, on Friday the 13th of March!

Come experience an array of multimedia art created by WoC mentees, and help celebrate all that this group of young people have accomplished over the past year.

What’s Wheels of Courage?:
Wheels of Courage is an exciting new mentorship program at the WRENCH focused on skill-building and creating positive change through Community Projects.

Show Dates:
This event is the official opening of the show, however the art will remain on display at the Edge Gallery for the entirety of the weekend. This means if you cannot make it to the opening, you can still see the art on:
Saturday March 14th, 2-6
Sunday March 15th, 2-5

Venue Accessibility:
The Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre at 611 Main street is wheel chair accessible, and contains gender-neutral bathrooms.

—Wheels of Courage is funded by the Government of Canada under the Canada Service Corps program.—

Questions?
Email volunteer@thewrench.ca