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Emergency First Aid for Bicycles!

Join us for this exciting new way to learn bike mechanics! We will be going on a group ride from the WRENCH shop to The Forks and back again, stopping at roadside checkpoints to simulate real-world bike breakdowns. Participants will get practical, hands-on experience repairing bikes. This workshop is for confident commuters looking to level up their mechanical ability.

Topics covered will include on-the-fly dealing with flats, broken spokes, chain issues, and more.

We will be departing from the WRENCH (1057 Logan Avenue) at 9:00am, breaking at 12:00pm at the Forks, recommencing at 1:00pm and returning to the WRENCH at 4:00pm.

The ride will be approx. 12km round trip.

You will need: a bike, a helmet, water, lunch (can be purchased @ The Forks)

We will provide: safety vest, tools, parts.

Sign up here.

Traditional Trails

Traditional Trails connects cyclists to places through conversation, interpretation and storytelling about Manitoba’s history and Indigenous place making. Led by Momenta Inc., expect to have fun, take care of each other, be respectful, join in and have fun. 

Cyclists should arrive with a bicycle, helmet and water bottle. The route will begin and end at the Forks and will take place along the Assiniboine and Red Rivers. The total distance will be approximately 10km with stops along the way.

Participation is Free. See you there!

***** NOTE: 5 PARTICIPANTS PER RIDE ONLY. Sign up is required- Sign up here *****

Participants must bring this completed waiver to the tour:

Two daily guided bike tours on Sundays from June 13 to July 4. Meet at the WRENCH Forks location!

11:15am-1:15pm

2pm- 4pm

Traditional Trails is supported by Manitoba 150.

Adrian Alphonso, Director of Clear Paths at Momenta Inc. Adrian is a Band and Community Member of Waywayseecappo First Nation, is passionate about Indigenous perspective cycling programs, and leads on Treaty One Territory land, to honour truth and reconciliation. At Momenta, Adrian delivers inclusive, accessible cycling programs with the goal of inspiring a connection to the land. He has devoted his life to a journey of discovering.  He is a commuter, a coach, a professional stunt rider (Trials), a bicycle technician, a passionate guide and devoted his life to a journey of discovering.

Lise Brown, Facilitator and Owner at Momenta Inc. Lise Brown, BRS, RSW began her career at camps in Manitoba as an outdoor educator and guide. Lise completed a Bachelor of Recreation and Masters of Social Work in 2007 at the University of Manitoba, and is a Forest School Practitioner and Trainer. Lise combines these areas of practice to provide clinical direction, facilitate groups and counsel individuals both in urban and wilderness environments with a focus on physical and emotional safety, successful participation, fun, meaningful activity and group cohesion. Lise is on the Forest School of Canada Facilitator team with the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada and sits on the board of the Association for Experiential Education.

Wheels of Courage Spotlight: Vero Warkentin’s Artbike Project

WHEELS OF COURAGE (WoC) is the WRENCH’s community leadership volunteer program! Today we’re introducing you to one of the projects currently on the go and the WoC participant who is managing it. VERO WARKENTIN is a recent returnee to Manitoba and signed on with WoC after spending the summer working as a mechanic at the WRENCH.

Vero has recruited some fellow Wrenchers and local artists to create beautiful artbikes that will be raffled off, with proceeds going to another Logan Ave. organization — drop-in and resource centre Sunshine House, Inc! Keep reading for a Q&A with Vero.

Q: How did you come up with your project idea?

A: In 2019, I volunteered for the Rainbow Railroad Gala and loved every part of it: the mission, the people, the party, the camaraderie. I was determined to help for the next year. When the pandemic began, the need to support vulnerable communities was magnified. I wanted to create an event that would both support and foster the 2SLGBTQIA community with bikes, and building colourful, proud and magnificently artful bikes was a no-brainer. I’ve been creative my entire life, and that spark has been seen and fanned by incredible artists and teachers in the past. This project is my turn to inspire. For me its less about my own ability to create art, and more about my recognition of the artists in my life and directing the huge impact art can have.

Q: Who are the artists you’ve enlisted? 

A: So far, we have a collection of artists, mechanics and artist-mechanics giving their time to this project. Keira Friesen is a potter and mixed media artist who incorporates organic and natural forms in her work. Kevin Celestino is a WoC mentee, fellow Wrencher and visual artist. Leslie Parisien is a fellow WoC mentee and Wrencher, and sometimes textile artist. Sarah Thiessen is a creative jack of all trades, creating visual art, sculptures and performance art to delight and dazzle. 

Q: What is an artbike?

A: An artbike is kind of how it sounds: a bike, but art! You could say it’s a type of kinetic sculpture. A bike that is still rideable that looks like a dragon, or has been yarnbombed, or has been painted, or welded up to be a giant man powered parade float — these are all artbikes. It also doesn’t have to be a special occasion bike. You could ride a sparkle unicorn bike with streamer tail to the office every day. I know I would.

Q: Why did you choose Sunshine House as the beneficiary of the funds you are raising? 

A: Sunshine House is a vivid space that supports the community as they are. It makes room for whole people with all of our complications, experiences, expressions. At the base of it, bikes are like this too: freedom on wheels, for everyone. It’s a great pairing, and I’m so excited about the possibilities for our Pride Ride in June, the wrap up celebration after the raffle is completed in May.

Employment Opportunity: Indigenous Mentor

The WRENCH is seeking an Indigenous Mentor for our Wheels of Courage (WoC) Community Leadership program.

Term Position: Starting as soon as possible, until March 31, 2022, with possibility for renewal. 

$17-19/hr

Full time (35-40 hrs/week) 

Health benefits available after probation period.

Wheels of Courage is a free, 9 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.  

Working under the direction of the WoC Program Coordinator, the Indigenous Mentor will be part of a team dedicated to helping youth gain valuable skills and focus their passion for bicycles into meaningful, hands-on service opportunities. Mentors will assist youth in identifying issues of concern in their communities and then taking action through self directed Community Projects. 

 Please submit resume and cover letter by email to: 

Sarah Thiessen, Wheels of Courage Program Coordinator

sarah@thewrench.ca  

Application deadline: April 9, 2021 

How to Donate a Bike to the WRENCH

Thanks for thinking of us! We re-cycle bikes back into the community after a bit of a tune up and safety testing.

There are TWO ways to donate bikes and parts to the WRENCH.

  1. Bring it to the WRENCH (1057 Logan) between 12 and 530pm on Thursdays.
  2. Drop it off at any of Winnipeg’s 4R Sites; and we will retrieve it, along with other donated and discarded bikes when we do our collections.

Thank you for your generosity!

WILD RIDE

Directed by Christine Fellows

On Sunday March 21st, 2021, WILD RIDE made its debut as a part of Cinematheque’s Bicycle Film Fest! WILD RIDE was produced by The WRENCH’s Just Cycle Program at Marymound School. Director Christine Fellows worked with students to create the stop motion film; with original music by Christine Fellows and Jason Tait. Just Cycle is generously supported by Canada’s Youth Justice Fund.

Enjoy!

Date produced: March 2021
Director: Christine Fellows
Artistic Collaborators: The students of Room 12 at Marymound School, WRENCH staff, Marymound staff
Music: Christine Fellows and Jason Tait
Audio mix: Jason Tait
Post-production assistance: Alicia Smith
Running time: 2:49

WRENCH Bikes on Sale – One Day Only!

End of Summer Clearance Sale! Discounts of 10-20% off on our refurbished, ready-to-ride bikes. With over 20 bikes freshly added this week.

**This Saturday, September 26th, 12:00 to 6:00**

All proceeds from bike sales go toward our free year-round bicycle programming for children and families across Winnipeg.

The WRENCH at The Forks. At the train cars in the North-West corner of the Forks Market.

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!

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

Thank you for making the Cycle of Giving 2019 a HUGE success!

Thanks to everyone who was part of the Cycle of Giving 2019!

Together we turned over 7,000 kg of “waste” into dreams come true by re-building 560 bicycles for children in need across the city and beyond!

You can still be part of the Cycle of Giving! Support year-round bike programming for children and families by donating online.

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

Special thanks to all our Event Sponsors!

 

Thank  you  to  all  our Repair  Stand  Sponsors!