Category Archives: Workshops

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.

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!

February Workshop: Bottom Brackets

When: Saturday, Feb 8th 12-2pm
Where: The WRENCH (1057 Logan Ave)


Ever feel a grinding or knocking sensation when you pedal?

Curious what the heck is even going on down there between your feet?

The Bottom Bracket is the part of the bike between your feet that allow your pedals to turn around and around and around! It is clearly a very important part of the bike and yet most people have never given their bottom bracket the love and attention that it deserves.

This workshop will teach you that with the right tools and a bit of elbow grease (plus a lot of actual grease), anyone can overhaul their bottom bracket and have their cranks spinning like butter once again.

Workshop is geared towards beginners and will cover the basics of one-piece, three-piece and cartridge bottom brackets.

Workshop is free (donations always welcome), no registration or previous experience necessary.

January Workshop: The Bicycle & The Body

Saturday, January 25th 12pm-2pm

Back by popular demand!  We are thrilled to be offering another informative workshop by Kim Segal (RMT) on The Bicycle & The Body.

In this workshop Kim will elaborate upon the ergonomics of bike riding, how to achieve proper bike fit for maximum comfort and minimal strain, as well as working with / preventing injuries.

This workshop is free (though donations are welcome!) and open to the public, no pre-registration required.

Primer for Cycle of Giving Mechanics (Nov 23, 12-2pm)

Primer for Cycle of Giving Volunteer Mechanics-  Sat Nov 23st, 12-2pm (at The WRENCH, 1057 Logan)

Whether this is your first year volunteering at a repair stand or if you are a veteran mechanic of Cycle of Giving (CoG) – this primer has something for everyone.

Join us Saturday Nov 23th as we cover the history of CoG and the logistics of being a volunteer mechanic.  Then get hands-on experience tackling some of the most common CoG kid’s bike repairs -repacking coaster hubs and 1 piece bottom brackets. Find out how you can become a CoG volunteer HERE.

October Workshop: Winter Cycling 101

Saturday, October 19th 12-2pm @ the WRENCH (1057 Logan)

This is a beginners introduction to Winter Cycling from an immigrant’s perspective and own winter riding experience. This workshop is intended to give participants an overview on the bike essentials needed to get you and your bike ready in order to have a safe and fun winter cycling season. Come learn how you too can overcome the fear in facing the elements and other mental and physical challenges that come with the winter cycling season; and if you’re already an experienced winter commuter come share your own winter riding tricks, ideas, and experiences with the group.

All are welcome, no pre-registration required.

August Workshop: Bike Touring

Saturday, August 24th 12:30-2pm @ The WRENCH (1057 Logan)

Bike Touring/Packing Tips & Tricks

In his 14 years of traveling by bike Geoff has toured in 10 countries and figures he’s learned a few things along the way. But maybe you have too? He’ll lead a round-table discussion covering touring topics such as; routing, tools, camp gear, clothing, online resources, food, bikes and roadside repair. We’ll also nerd out on some tour bike set-ups and provide advice on how to build one up for yourself.

Newbies and seasoned roadwarriors welcome to come contribute & learn!