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BIKE PIRATES IS a volunteer-run organization that provides a Do-It-Yourself workspace where you can:

  • Learn bicycle maintenance
  • Work on your own bike on a drop-in basis
  • Build up a new bicycle from scratch

We also sell new and used parts, and even fully refurbished used bicycles.

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Bike Rave Toronto 2015!!!!

To all keen cyclists and/or party animals, interesting upcoming event!!

The 2015 Toronto Bike Rave will be on Saturday August 8 (that’s tomorrow).
Meet-up at 8:30pm at Christie Pits, southeast corner (Bloor & Christie).

What is Bike Rave? I quote: “Bike Rave is a D.I.Y. event that combines lights with synched music while riding through the streets of Toronto from dance destination to dance destination.

Here is the premise:

Everyone covers their bike with lights, glow sticks, streamers, colour, fuzz etc. and meets at the first meeting location. We will make a playlist, which will be available for download a week before the event. At the meeting location, everyone with a sound system will press play at the same time, and then we ride critical mass style through the city.”

This is the route:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=z-cA8I-ed_Sk.khU7FVLVSTOo You will see places you have never seen on your bike and did not know existed. Or if you did, you won’t recognize them at night. Really!

This is the Playlist: http://zeus.justinbull.ca/bikerave-2015/ Thank you,
Justin!

Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1647151125497457/

Twitter here: https://twitter.com/torontobikerave

This is how much fun it was last year (and why you should be there this
year, ie, dontcha wish you’d been there last year?):

Youtube — thanks to

  • 1.) Diu2g4u — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcZv0h-RN9Q
  • 2.) Jamie Weller (my fave) —
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcvBJ57cl9c (OMG, that’s Den at 19:43, and me 19:47 in the light-up bunny ears. Yes!! I am *famous*!!!! Slightly.)

BlogTO:

http://www.blogto.com/sports_play/2014/08/20_neon-lit_photos_of_torontos_roaming_bike_rave/

Ahem. Be there or be square.

Regards,

Dawn

PS Glow sticks are available , so I hear, at Dollarama. I got mine, plus
the light-up bunny ears and my ultra-cool disco gloves, at Rocket
Fireworks http://www.rocketfireworks.ca/glow-products.html, 14 ADVANCE RD near Kipling. They have other locations, too. But any light-up will do!!

Early close tomorrow, July 23 @6pm

On July 23rd (tomorrow!) We will be closing early at 6pm so we can attend Art Spin! http://www.artspin.ca/

Sorry for the late notice. If you’re unsure how to get to the ride yourself or want to ride in a group, a number of us will be leaving for the start as soon as we close.

Bike Pirates wants to celebrate our NINTH BIRTHDAY with all of you!

Please join us this Saturday, JULY 4TH, for some fun, food, and high fives. We couldn’t have made it to 9 years without the support of this community!

We will be outside the shop for part of the afternoon saying hello to our new Parkdale neighbours, so come by to see the shop in action, have a treat or a glass of lemonade.

After the shop closes join us for a COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE. The ride will start at the shop at 7:30pm and last for about an hour.

We will return to the shop where a social birthday event will begin at 9pm.
This will be a family-friendly event! No loud music, and we will not be selling alcohol, though you are welcome to BYOB. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Music, door-prizes, etc.

In the back we will have fun bike games like:
Wheel Ring Toss
Flat fix competition
Name That Tool
Lock Pick Up, Slow Race, kiddie bike race, etc may occur in the alley!!

Suggestions for other games to play?

If you haven’t come to see our new home yet, come on by! We’d love to give you a tour and show off our new space.

***Bike Pirates is a physically-accessible space, with a ramp at the door and 1 wheelchair accessible bathroom. If you have other accessibility concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We strive to be a safe and anti-oppressive space including during all of our events. Please respect the space and the folks who are in it.

Women and Trans Sundays Presents: Gear Up! Worshops

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Women and Trans Sundays @ Bike Pirates Presents: Gear-Up! A three week workshop series about improving knowledge for bike wrenching and building:) No previous knowledge necessary, and there is always something new to learn, no matter what your skill level is. Workshops will be verbal and visual based, explaining these topics and looking at examples.

May 10th: Week 1- Flat Fix, Bike Anatomy and Bike Fit

May 17th: Week 2- Brakes and Gears

May 24th: Week 3- Rotating Topic: Touring Bikes

June 7th: Week 1- Flat Fix, Bike Anatomy and Bike Fit

June 14th: Week 2- Brakes and Gears

June 21st: Week 3- Rotating Topic: Advanced Bearing system

Teachers are Bike Pirates volunteer mechanics and special guests mechanics from other bike shops/spaces in Toronto.

Vegan snacks and tea provided!

6:30-8:30pm following open shop hours.
5$ PWYC

Please confirm registration of workshop by email info@bikepirates.com or joining this event, drop ins also welcome!

Sundays at Bike Pirates are reserved solely for women and trans folks. We kindly ask that if you do not identify anywhere on this spectrum to respect this programming and attend other workshops.

Bike Pirates strives to make our space safe and use anti-oppressive policies. We are all volunteers and working at learning and growing to improve ourselves and the space. If you have any feedback to help us do so we would love to hear it and talk about how we can improve.

Icycle 2015

Hey everyone,

Bike Pirates has been coming together quite nicely in the last couple days in preparation for the greatest winter event in Toronto.

I’m speaking of course of the annual Icycle race. That’s right, bikes racing around on ice.

In order to be fully prepared for the after party and to be sure that all Pirates can make it to the race, we will be closing this Saturday February 21st at 5pm!

Icycle 2015

Facebook Event INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!

“Kissfist” Program launch – February 14th

This Saturday February 14th we will be hosting the first of our Monthly ASL/Signing Nights for members of our community who identify as Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Deaf and Disabled, Hard of Hearing, and signing folks.
The program, named “KissFist”, will run one Saturday a month from 7:30-10pm, with volunteers assisting DIY repairs using ASL. We are excited to be launching this programming partnering with ASL fluent members of our cycling community!

Please pass this along to any folks you know who may be interested and may not have been able to access our space due to communication barriers.

Opening Day Announced – January 19

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The sign is up at 1416 queen street and we are making preparations to open to the public. We are planning for a soft opening next week!

Regular hours will resume starting MONDAY JANUARY 19TH
The space will be running at a limited capacity (probably only 2-4 repair stands and no kitchen).We will not have any bikes for sale until at least February.

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In the meantime come by and help us get set up any day this week! We still need lots of help to sort, organize, clean and set up the workspace for the public.