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Box to Bike Service

More and more people are buying bikes and e bikes online. The trick is- how to put your new whip together when it arrives?

The WRENCH is here to help. Our bike construction service is quick and affordable- and when you buy from the WRENCH, you support our work to make sure everyone has access to a bike.

This service is $75 and available by appointment on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays between 10 and 2pm. We’ll complete the work within 48 hours, and ask that you pick up your bike within a business day of completion. Book here, and our sales rep will follow up with any questions.

Fine print:

This is a box to build program. This is NOT

  • a repair service
  • part replacement service
  • an ebike kit program (We will not convert your regular bike to an e bike. We will not apply an e bike kit to a regular bike).

Requirements:

All parts must be in the box. The WRENCH will not source missing parts. Relying on the WRENCH’s inventory of reclaimed parts means workarounds that could change your bike’s performance. If you need a repair or a missing part from the WRENCH’s inventory, please sign up for a Thursday Open Shop appointment.

WRENCH Summer Camp Counsellors: Job Posting

The WRENCH is hosting a free summer mechanics camp for ages 9-15 at Clifton Community Centre this summer. We are recruiting camp counsellors to run this inaugural program.

$18 hour. Full time hours from July 1-Aug 31. Contract ends Sept 15. Successful candidates will start as soon as available.

Camp will run 5 days a week, four hours a day. Counsellors are tasked with

  • Advertising the program, signing up campers, and liaising with campers and caregivers
  • Planning, preparing, and running activities
    • This includes networking with community partners to create off site events and guest-led workshops and activities
  • Teaching basic bike mechanics and safe riding
  • Ensuring a daily meal
  • Creating and maintaining a positive, safe, inclusive learning community throughout camp, and proactively supporting campers to participate in these efforts as well
  • Ensuring the Clifton shop is adequately supplied
  • Supporting campers to run regular community repair stand times outside of camp hours.
  • Running all activities safely, including ensuring covid protocols of masking and social distance.
  • Facilitating a community repair stand on site at Clifton, and supporting other CBS’s as time allows.

Successful candidates will

  • Mostly travel by bike
  • Some bike mechanic aptitude
  • Have strong experience teaching and guiding others, as well as doing organising work for groups (former camp guides, community program leads, event planners, mentors, and organisers strongly encouraged to apply).
  • Strong knowledge of Winnipeg community based resources, programs, services.
  • Ability to engage regularly in physically intense work (lifting bikes, hauling supplies by bike, guiding group bike rides, and more).
  • Have a recent first aid certificate, or be willing to take a basic first aid course.
  • Be fully vaccinated
  • Be able to clear child abuse registry and criminal record checks

The WRENCH hires towards equity! Please provide any relevant info that can support this effort.

Please provide resume and cover letter to Kate at programs@thewrench.ca by April 8.

March Madness: Pick Up Service for Donated Bikes/Parts

Got a bike to donate to the WRENCH, but can’t transport it to the 4R Sites? For a limited time we will pick up donated bikes and parts from your address.

Steps:

-Sign up for a Tuesday afternoon that works for you. We will pick up between 1 and 5pm. SIGN UP HERE.

-Provide specifics about exactly where you will leave the bike

-Tape a sign to the bike indicating WRENCH DONATION

-Donations of parts and supplies are welcome, but must be packaged well (in a sturdy bag or box that does not need to be returned), and also need to be clearly marked WRENCH DONATION.

-On pick up day, place the bike at your pick up location (must be outdoors, and accessible- ie, not in a locked yard, blocked by snow, etc)

That’s it!

Important:

-Pick up service is only available within Winnipeg city limits.

-WRENCH staff will not enter residences to pick up bikes. Live in an apartment/condo? We will call you to work out a solution.

-The WRENCH does not provide valuations nor charitable tax receipts in return for donated bikes.

-The WRENCH does not swap donations for our existing inventory.

-All donations are final- the WRENCH cannot return donated bikes and parts where a donor changes their mind.

-We will not take walk up donations at our shop at 1057 Logan. Our space is very tight, and we manage inventory flow as carefully as possible to ensure our space remains functional for ourselves and our community partners. If you can transport a donated bike, please take it directly to one of the 4R sites!

Sister Cycle and Mellow Velo!

Sister Cycle is the WRENCH’s free bike mechanics workshop series by and for women, trans, non-binary, two-spirit and femme-identifying people!

Open to beginners and experienced mechanics, Sister Cycle is led by long time WRENCH instructor Sommer Mazawasicuna at 1057 Logan.

There are limited spaces available in this highly popular workshop series, available by sign up only. Please note that all participants must be fully vaxxed, be able to clear a COVID screening test, and wear a mask. Sign up here.

Note that neither Sister Cycle nor Mellow Vello will occur on the weekends of Louis Riel or Mother’s Day

1-230pm or so: Lesson + demos 

230-4pm: Hands-on learning / Practice time!

1. Jan 23: Intro to Bike Mechanics
2. Feb 6: Wheels I: Tires + Tubes
3. Feb 27: Wheels II: Hubs + Spokes
4. March 13 Cranks + Bottom Brackets
5. March 27: Handlebars + Headsets
6. April 10: Gears + Derailleurs
7. April 24: Brakes
8. May 8: Review + Celebration

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Mellow Vello is free WRENCH Shop time for women, trans, non-binary, two-spirit and femme-identifying people.

It happens on (just about) alternating Sundays from Sister Cycle from 1-4pm at 1057 Logan. 

Supported by WRENCH lead instructor, Sommer Mazawasicuna, this is a time when you can practice your new skills, get help working on your own bike, or help the WRENCH with shop tasks to keep things running well!

Priority participation for Sister Cycle participants. Mellow Vello is available by appointment only. Please note that all participants must be fully vaxxed, be able to clear a COVID screening test, and wear a mask. Sign up here.

Note that neither Sister Cycle nor Mellow Vello will occur on the weekends of Louis Riel or Mother’s Day.

Mellow Vello will happen on
Jan 30
Feb 13
March 6
March 20
April 3
April 17
May 1

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. 

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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. 

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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 Saturday, 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, see our sponsor package at the bottom of this page.

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 ONE of either the WRENCH Apron, or WRENCH Baseball Cap.

A $100 Gift will get you a raffle ticket for a one of kind hand painted bike by artist, tattoo artist, mural painter and Graffiti Art Programming Artistic Director Pat Lazo, as well as a WRENCH Mask and choice of either of the following: WRENCH Apron, WRENCH Baseball Cap.

WRENCH Home Shop Wall Art Drymounted Poster (11×17)
WRENCH Mask- Modeled by Rob Grabowski: Grabowski sized only.
WRENCH Ball Cap (Adult Sized Only)
WRENCH Shop Apron (Adult Sized Only)

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 and 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

THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 Cycle of Giving Sponsors!

Emterra
Salisbury House Winnipeg
Organic Planet Worker Coop
Tall Grass Prairie Bakery
FreshCo
West End Biz
Barnhammer Brewery

Cycle of Giving plans are underway! Here are some of the specifics we’ve confirmed so far, with more info to come:

1) There will be two components to this event. 

a) We will once again support satellite building/mechanics. We will deliver bikes to home and business based mechanics willing to do work off site. Deliveries will happen the week before CoG weekend on Fri. Nov 26th and Sat. Nov 27th.

b) The central hub will be located at Valour Community Centre – Clifton Site (1315 Strathcona St). We are really grateful to be supported by the Community Centre this year to do this work- and our partnership with them will extend into the new year as we offer Earn A Bike and other educational programs at Clifton rather than in our shop at 1057 Logan. 

For Cycle of Giving, the Clifton Site is really a distribution hub, rather than a worksite. We’ll run daytime hours for people doing quality control- no overnights this year. Finished bikes from mechanics will be returned to Clifton for this step from Fri. Dec 3rd – Sun. Dec 5th (or so), and then delivered to community partners. 

We have already begun transferring bikes direct from the 4R sites to Clifton for Cycle of Giving work- it’s so helpful to have that location as a storage option as we prepare! Please note that anyone on site at Clifton for any reason during Cycle of Giving will be required to be fully vaccinated and masked. 

2) Yes, we are still raising money to expand our footprint! Space is the only limiting factor for our work; and we are only experiencing increasing numbers of requests for our services. More on this soon. 

3) We’re working on a social event spin for COG (covid safe, of course), and other components, too. Stay tuned!

To volunteer/contribute, and for more details, please contact Jon Benson at cog@thewrench.ca. Thanks so much for your support!

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 and then distributing them to partner organisations, schools, kids, and families.

Last year we also amped up the fundraising component of Cycle of Giving to launch our capital campaign- with great success! We’re really grateful to our community who continues to generously contribute to ongoing WRENCH development in so many ways. 

What’s different this year?

We made adjustments last year to be covid safe. Mechanics worked from their home shops (as well as Natural Cycle, Bikes and Beyond, and MEC!), rather than us all gathering in a central location. We’re continuing with some caution this year with a hybrid model- most of the work will happen in home shops, with Clifton as a distribution site. This will allow our shop at 1057 Logan to maintain our educational work through Earn a Bike, AfterSchool Leaders, and Velotecha.

After School Leaders!

Become a Bicycle Mechanic with the WRENCH!
Are you between the ages of 14-21?
Want to learn to be a bike mechanic?
After School Leaders is for you!
After School Leaders (ASL) is a free advanced Bike Mechanic Training program that combines leadership training with hands on skill building. You’ll leave the program with two bikes you have built yourself and practical skills you can use in your own life, and for employment- a number of ASL grads work at the WRENCH and other bike shops in Winnipeg.
ASL runs Mondays and Wednesdays, 4-730pm till mid January at 1057 Logan with a healthy meal each time. We can provide bus tickets too, if transportation is a barrier.
Spots are filling up fast for the Oct 4 start date. Contact us today at gregory@thewrench.ca to join!
Big thanks to the Student Achievement and Inclusion Division, Manitoba Education for their generous support!

One Great City Brewing Company Partnership

A delicious way to support the WRENCH (for a limited time!)

From our friends at One Great Brewing Company:

We’re so excited to introduce our newest beer: Winding Ways 🚴‍♀️

This delicious beer was inspired by the synergy of Banana Cream and delicious Graham Cracker Crust. Combining Toasted Biscuit Malts, Banana Flavoured Esters, and Savoury Baking Spices 🍌

Winding ways was made in support of The WRENCH. $1 from every beer sold will be donated directly to The WRENCH to help them continue to serve our community.

Label artwork was graciously donated by Natalie Baird. The Winding Ways label was inspired by her work on the Jubilee Underpass bike path mural- which she completed in her participation with the WRENCH’s Wheels of Courage Program.

Winding Ways will only be available at OGC, 1596 Ness Avenue, and with a very limited amount available don’t wait! Hurry down to pick up your cans today.