Category Archives: Workshops

March Workshop: Getting Stuck Stuff Unstuck

Saturday, March 16th     12pm-2pm

Seized seat-posts? Stuck stems? A bottom bracket that won’t budge?

Stuck parts can be a frustrating part of repairing old bicycles — but don’t give up, there is hope!

On March 16, join Geoff as he teaches the ins and outs of getting the in stuff out. This workshop will teach participants a variety of techniques for using specialty tools, solvents, heat, leverage and colourful language to get rusty ol bike parts moving again.

This workshop is free (donations welcome), and no pre-registration is required.

April Workshop: No-Weld Bike Trailer Building

 

Saturday, April 27th  12:30-4:30pm

It’s the 4th annual No-Weld Bike Trailer Building Workshop!

A few years ago one of our beloved volunteers, Rob, came up with his very own brilliant design for a sturdy, single-wheeled no-weld bicycle trailer, using old bicycle frames. Now is your chance to learn from him how to build one of your very own!

***Participants must e-transfer $25 (includes trailer) to volunteer@thewrench.ca with the password “wrench” to register!***

This workshop is always very popular and has a cap of only 8 participants so don’t dilly dally on this one!

To have a peek at what the workshop will entail, or if you want to DIY, Rob has generously shared the instructions for his innovative design online: www.instructables.com/id/No-Weld-Single-Wheel-Bike-Trailer/

January Workshop: The Bicycle & The Body

Saturday, Jan 26th, 12-2pm

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.

COOL WRENCH: Holiday Bike Sale & Art Workshop : Sat, Dec 15th, 12:30-4:30

Saturday, Dec 15th 12:30-4:30 (at The WRENCH, 1057 Logan)

Love bikes? Don’t miss the 2nd annual **COOL WRENCH**, our special holiday event that is a *Bike Sale* and *DIY Art Workshop* all rolled into one! The perfect spot to find a gift for that special cyclist in your life.

THE COOL HOLIDAY SALE >>>

-FANCY PARTS: We’ll be dusting off all the fanciest bike parts we’ve been hoarding (I mean… collecting) and offering them up for wildly reasonable prices.
-CHEAP FRAMES: Want to build up a slick custom bike over the winter? We have a bunch of frames to get you started, priced to sell (as low as $20!)
-REFURBISHED BICYCLES: We have a HUGE selection of refurbished bicycles right now, your new favourite two-wheeled companion is waiting for you! (most are ~$100-$200)

THE COOL ART WORKSHOP: CUSTOM TOP TUBE COVERS >>>

Come sew a custom top tube cover for your bicycle! Makes for a really lovely gift for that special cyclist in your life!

All materials are provided, suggested donation $5-20 per top tube.

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All proceeds go towards continuing our free bicycle education programming for youth and families in Manitoba.

Mellow Vélo Crafternoon – Sunday, Nov 25th 2-5pm

Join us for a special “Crafternoon” edition of Mellow Vélo* on Sunday November 25th from 2-5pm!

At this DIY art workshop we will make fun, unique creations (such as jewellery, ornaments and key chains) out of up-cycled bicycle parts like inner tubes and chains.

Materials, tools and delicious snacks will be provided.

Artists will be present to help teach basic jewellery making techniques (including Katie-Lynn, a skilled chain-mail artist – check out her stuff here: facebook.com/thingies.stuff/)

COST: Workshop is by donation, (suggested donation $5-20)

CYCLE OF GIVING: Crafternoon participants are encouraged to donate at least one of their creations for the Bike Art Table at Cycle of Giving (CoG), our 8th Annual 24-Hour Kids Bike Building Marathon.

CoG will be taking place the following weekend (Dec 1-2nd) at Orioles Community Centre. Learn more at www.thewrench.ca / sign up to volunteer by emailing cog@thewrench.ca

Profits from this workshop and the Bike Art Table sales will help ensure that The WRENCH can provide free bicycle programming to youth and families in 2019 and beyond.

*Mellow Vélo is for all women, trans, non-binary and femme-identifying people.

Sister Cycle 2018 starts Sept 11th!

Are you a female, trans*, femme and/or non-binary person interested in learning how to fix bikes?

If so, come to The WRENCH for Sister Cycle, every Tuesday from 6-8pm, starting September 11th!

Sister Cycle is a free, drop-in workshop series designed to increase skill level in and numbers of femme mechanics in Community Bike Shops.

In this new-and-improved version of Sister Cycle, participants will completely overhaul a selection of sad, broken bicycles, transforming them into sleek, fully-functioning two-wheeled companions!

Questions? Email Sarah at volunteer@thewrench.ca

Workshop: Vintage Cruiser Wheels: Saturday July 28th, 1-4pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop: Vintage Cruiser Wheels: Saturday July 28th, 1-4pm

VINTAGE CRUISERS (aka “Beach Bikes”); classic beauties, but dang they sure can be a challenge to repair!

Rear wheels on vintage cruisers are especially complex, as their hubs (the centre of the wheels) generally contain inside them either a back-pedal (coaster) brake OR an internal 3-speed “Sturmy-Archer” gear shifting mechanism (I know, I know, don’t worry, all will be explained in the workshop).

Basically, if you have ever ridden on or tried to repair a vintage cruiser wheel and wondered “now what the heck is goin’ on in there anyways?!” then this workshop is for you!

And if that particular thought has never occurred to you until now but you just think bikes are neat and want to learn more about how they work, then this workshop is for you!

All tools and instruction is provided, free of charge (donations welcome).  All skill levels welcome (don’t be nervous we are all learning together!)