Category Archives: Announcements

General Announcements.

Archive Project

The WRENCH is very proud and excited to be partnering with the Winnipeg Foundation Centennial Institute and the City of Winnipeg Archives to create an archive of activities that have served to normalise and support cycling as a method of transportation in Winnipeg. 

To do so, we are reaching out to you to help compile any and all documents that show the history of developing and supporting cycling as a means of transportation in Winnipeg. This includes culture, infrastructure, utility, sport, industry, business, fashion and style, competitions and social gatherings/clubs, bike building and repair, education, advocacy and organising, writing, art, volunteering and practical responses such as community bike shops. This archive also seeks to include activities of groups based in Winnipeg who may travel outside the city as a part of their purpose such as racing and competitive groups.

We hope to honour the significant efforts- and happenstance contributions- that have been made in this vein and serve current and future activities by providing context, perspective and opportunities for evaluation and growth.  

Anyone interested in submitting can check out our criteria and how to submit at thewrench.ca project, or email archiveproject@thewrench.ca

The WRENCH will be sharing relevant documents and storytelling on our social media platforms as material is submitted. We hope to wrap this project by the end of March, 2022. 

______________________________________________

Frequently Asked Questions

Thanks for participating in creating the WRENCH Archives

What are we hoping to include?

Any and all documents, files, objects that show the history of developing and supporting cycling as a means of transportation in Winnipeg. This includes culture, sport, infrastructure, utility, industry, business, fashion and style, competitions and social gatherings/clubs, bike building and repair, education, advocacy and organising, writing, art, volunteering and practical responses such as community bike shops. This archive seeks to include activities of groups based in Winnipeg who may travel outside the city as a part of their purpose such as racing and competitive groups; learning networks, and policy projects.

What would we like to include?

Physical items such as founding documents for groups and organisations, meeting minutes, posters and other forms of meeting and event notices and invitations, locally produced or relevant educational documents such as zines, handbooks, maps and guides, organising and communication tools such as leaflets and handbills, newspaper clippings, legal records, photographs, and letters and proposals to governments, politicians, bureaucrats and otherwise.

Digital documents of the same. Preferred file formats are PDF and JPG. Will also accept Word and Excel. 

Digital archives could include screenshots events promoted on social media- pending copyright matters. We will also accept audio files of relevant interviews. 

What we do not want. 

Personal reflections including social media commentary- unless when presented in ways that provide important otherwise unavailable historical context. 

Why is this important?

Our purpose is gathering an archive of activities that have served to normalise and support cycling as a method of transportation in Winnipeg. We hope to honour the significant efforts- and happenstance contributions- that have been made in this vein and serve current and future activities by providing context, perspective and opportunities for evaluation.  

How to submit

Any submission requires an accompanying ‘Accession’ form to help us and future archivists understand the importance of the submission. You will also be asked to sign a deed of gift handing over ownership of the documents to the WRENCH for public use. Contact Jon Benson, project coordinator at archiveproject@thewrench.ca.

What happens to your document donation after you submit?

We will share relevant materials publicly on our social media platforms as they arrive, with appropriate context to both educate  the public and continue to promote the archival project. We may follow up with you to ensure the appropriate context is shared in these instances, and may even invite you to an interview about the material. 

The WRENCH will compile and organise everything that is submitted, and donate the materials to the City of Winnipeg Archives so that they can be made publicly available for perpetuity. 

__________________________________________________________

WRENCH Shop Services

WRENCH at the Forks is now CLOSED FOR THE SEASON! Thank you for your patronage!

Thursday Open Shop continues at 1057 Logan for repairs, bike and part sales and Bike Builds from 12-5:30pm- see below.

Open Shop services are available by appointment only. Please note: we are experiencing high demand for our services. Appointment times are booked on a first come, first served basis, and are often full.

What you need to know:

  • All appointments must be booked in advance. Schedule your booking here online or call us at 204-296-3389, ext. 0.
  • We reserve the right to prioritize services for those with more need.
  • Services offered during Open Shop include; Bike Repairs, Part Sales, Bike Builds ($40 for a bike, including a bike lock).
  • Location: 1057 Logan Avenue in the basement of the Animal Services Building.

Guidelines for maintaining COVID safety when you come for your appointment:

1) Please wear a mask. Masks are mandatory inside the building. 

2) Arrive on time, or a few minutes early. If you are purchasing a bike, skip the following steps to #8

3) When you arrive, check inside the front door and look down the stairs at 1057 Logan. Pause. 

a) If someone is there, please wait till they come back up the stairs and leave. 

b) If no one is in the stairwell receiving service, proceed with your bike (if you are bringing it) down the stairs, and let the mechanic know you are there for your appointment. 

4) Once you have talked with the mechanic, if there is any reason to wait (you are receiving a repair, or waiting for a bike build), we ask you to leave the premises until we call you on your cell phone with an update. Please do not remain in the building while waiting for service from the WRENCH. Plan to dress for the weather if you think you will be outside for any length of time.

5) When you return to pick up your bike, please pause again at the top of the stairs and check if anyone is already receiving service. Wait until they come up the stairs and leave to go down and collect your bike. 

6) Please avoid lingering in the stairwell or foyer for any length of time. Please also maintain social distancing practices at all times. We share space with Animal Services, and try to be as respectful as possible in our shared use of the building while also maintaining strong public health practice. 

7) Note that there is hand sanitizer just inside the door at the bottom of the stairs. Please use it!

8) Buying a bike? Head north on Warnock (the side street to 1057 Logan), and then left on Henry. You’ll quickly see the loading dock behind the building. Descend the loading dock and knock on the garage door at your appointment time. Please wear a mask when inside the building.  

Thanks! We can’t wait to see you!

Cycle of Giving, 2021: A HouseWarming Party

Announcing… an interim step in solving our space needs! The Valour Community Centre, Clifton Site has invited us to start offering some of our educational programs there as we continue to work towards solving our space needs!!! Thank you VCC!

Earn a Bikes will start there in January, 2022. In the meantime, we figured we’d celebrate this partnership by making Clifton CC our central hub for Cycle of Giving this year.

Let’s Party!

On Friday, December 4, we’re going to get together for an outdoor community party at Clifton Community Centre, 1315 Strathcona St. Everyone’s invited! Expect a Group Ride and Tour of the West End, A Bike Race up Garbage Hill, and snacks and a fire.

Live in the Clifton Community Centre Neighbourhood? We especially want to see you! We’ll have a bike giveaway raffle planned to cap off the evening.

I want to donate!

Yes please! We are again seeking donations to support our capital campaign. Our incentives this year honour the many home workshops that have supported our work over the past two years.

To sponsor Cycle of Giving, find our sponsor package just below the incentive sign up form!

GIVING TUESDAY ANNOUNCEMENT! All incentives ordered before or on Giving Tuesday (November 30th) will automatically receive a WRENCH Home Shop Wall Art and an entry into the hand painted bike raffle!

A $30 gift will get you a WRENCH Home Shop Wall Art and WRENCH Mask.

A $75 gift will get you a WRENCH Mask and choice of either a WRENCH Apron, or WRENCH Baseball Cap.

A $100 Gift will get you a raffle ticket for a one of kind hand painted bike, as well as a WRENCH Mask and choice of either a WRENCH Apron or WRENCH Baseball Cap.

Incentives will be delivered between December 10 and January 15. Scroll down and fill out the form for the incentive you want!

If you would like a charitable tax receipt instead of any of our incentive gifts, please give through Canada Helps. (Sorry, we can’t offer an incentive and a charitable tax receipt for the same gift.)

BUT WHAT IS THE PLAN?

We’re still in a pandemic! This means we are once again reaching out to home builders to build and fix bikes off site. Delivery to home shops will happen on Nov 26 – Nov 27. 

Bikes will be picked up and returned to Clifton from December 2-5th for Quality Control work onsite before they are delivered out to our community partners.

Want to help, but not by fixing bikes? Here are some options:

-Make holiday cards to be donated with the bikes (We will deliver bundles of either 15 or 25 plain cards for you to decorate any way you’d like!)

-Got a vehicle that can haul bikes? Let us know! 

-Bake some goodies for volunteers!

For any and all quesitons about Cycle of Giving, Contact Jon Benson at cog@thewrench.ca

2021 Cycle of Giving Design by housefires.ca
Cycle of Giving Year 10 Moving on Up
Cycle of Giving, Year Ten – Moving On Up

Cycle of Giving 2020: We did it!

Cycle of Giving+Moving On Up is a wrap! (Aside from all the deliveries that will happen in the coming weeks.)

Thank you to our incredible community. We did this together.

We received over $10000 in donations from over 150 donors. What an incredible launch to our building fundraising campaign!

We also want to again thank all our sponsors: HLC, Pollard Banknote, Assiniboine Credit Union, Emterra, Payworks, Urban Systems, and Johnston Group.

Thanks also to our amazing partners, Natural Cycle, Mountain Equipment Coop, Bikes and Beyond, Martha Street Studio, and Graffiti Art Programming.

Thanks to artists Kiana Compton, Marco Muller, Sarah Thiessen and Matea Radic for contributing to our incentive giving plan!

Thank you to Anna Weier for writing a piece about us in the Winnipeg Free Press. At least one donor was introduced to our work through that article!

Thank you to DJs Shael, Two Topping, Cadence, Justin Bear, and Equanim for leading the party last night, and to Justin Larivee for designing and delivering a night to remember. You are incredible.

Thank you for feeding and watering us! Oh Doughnuts, Tall Grass Prairie Bakery, Organic Planet, One Great City, Barnhammer, and Half Pints.

And thank you to everyone who offered storytelling about about the cycling community, activism, and associated work in Winnipeg. We learned so much!

All raffle winners and tshirt recipients will receive a call or email on next steps to receive your item(s). Distribution will begin Tuesday- but we ran out of shirts! So, some will receive theirs a little later. (Sarah has graciously agreed to make some more.)

Thanks once again to the mechanics who built from their home shops. We will do some sharing of the delivery work on social media over the coming weeks so you can all follow along. Thanks also to everyone who made holiday cards. They are on their way out as well!

Thank you again for your generosity. While our incentive giving plan is now closed, you can support The WRENCH at any moment through CanadaHelps


Donate and receive a charitable tax receipt

Donate without incentive gifts: Thank you so much for your contribution! To receive a charitable tax receipt, donate online to The WRENCH through Canada Helps.

When donating to receive a tax receipt, you will not receive any of our incentive gifts!


Cycle of Giving+Moving On Up

Launching a Building Campaign for The WRENCH

On Saturday December 5, the WRENCH is celebrating 10 years of the Cycle of Giving. This year, we’ve launched our building fundraising campaign- Moving On Up as a part of this event.

Why a building fundraiser?

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! Our current space, located under the Animal Services building on Logan presents challenges for accessibility, isn’t big enough, and doesn’t allow for sunlight in our work spaces.

What is Cycle of Giving?

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. Hundreds of volunteers have supported Cycle of Giving over the years in a 24 hour build a thon, building bikes with recycled parts at Orioles Community Centre and then distributing them to partner organisations, schools, kids, and families.

What’s different this year?

This year, the project is even more heart warming. To keep covid safe, our friends and partner organisations have taken it upon themselves to receive bike frames and parts into their home based and private shops; and have been building since the beginning of November. This decentralised build will culminate on December 5, a day of simultaneous bike building at shops throughout the city.

In the days leading up to December 5, The WRENCH will be broadcasting stories over social media that celebrate the histories of Winnipeg bike culture and activism; as we continue to re-vision and work towards a more bike friendly city.

Thank you to our sponsors

We wish to extend a big thank you to our sponsors for helping make Cycle of Giving a reality for the city of Winnipeg!

ACU sponsor for cycle of giving 2020
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is dillon_75-logo_500x200.png
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is payworks-logo_500x200.png
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is johnston-group.png
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is pollard-1.png
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is urban-systems.jpg

Don’t miss our
Cycle of Giving stories

Follow @thewrenchwpg
on Instagram

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.

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

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.

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.