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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 2014

Bike Rave 2014
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Start: Christie Pits Park @ 8:30 pm

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.

This is Bike Pirates’ third year hosting the event, and we want it to be bigger and better this year!!

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. VOILA! Bike Rave.

Check out what happened last year:
http://www.blogto.com/sports_play/2013/08/20_neon-drenched_highlights_from_torontos_bike_rave/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/martinreis/sets/72157635001873481/

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2014 Playlist
http://zeus.justinbull.ca/bikerave2014.html

Playlist this year was created by SINergy (Atomic Soundwave)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/SINergy/258419774206108

Thanks to Justin Bull for hosting!

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2014 Route 
https://www.google.ca/maps/ms?msid=204276576287428834070.0004ffcf1f45a44bdf978&msa=0

Start- Christie Pits Park
Stop #1- Perth Park
Stop #2- High Park
Stop #3- Coronation Park
End- Trinity Bellwoods

We will be stopping to dance at the four stops along the route. Follow Bike Rave on Twitter for live tweets of our location on the day of:
https://twitter.com/TorontoBikeRave

Join our Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1431575880449106/

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Some Bike Raving tips from the pros:

*Ride safe!! Be conscious of drivers and other riders. Give other bike ravers lots of room on the roads and bike paths

*Stay with the group. Bike Rave is not a race- if you are too far ahead and we make a turn we will not be sending out a search party

*Make sure you have lights and a bell and all that legal jazz

*Don’t be an asshole on the road. If you find yourself in a confrontation with a driver or police officer, be friendly and smile. Bike ravers are lovers, not fighters

*LEAVE NO TRACE. There was a lot of mess left by bike ravers last year, and we want this year to as clean as can be! Throw out your trash or bring it with you to a place where you can

*Standard disclaimer: Please note that Bike Pirates does not condone the use of illicit substances and/or alcohol while riding a bike

THINGS TO BRING:

*Lights, soundsystem, party attitude

*Spare tubes and patch kit in case of flats

*Lots of water

*Snacks

*All your friends

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Toronto Bike Rave is not associated with Vancouver Bike Rave, however we want to acknowledge the awesome organizers who created the original event out west. Want to see how awesome Vancouver Bike Rave is? Check out the video:

http://vimeo.com/24980012

Bike Pirates Birthday Party Friday at Humber Bay Park

https://www.facebook.com/events/514029992057738/

Ahoy!

This Friday, July 11th Bike Pirates will be hosting our annual Birthday bonfire & group ride to celebrate the 8th year that the shop has been servicing the bike community of Toronto. To thank our community, we invite you to join us for a ride and bonfire on the waterfront! We will depart from Bike Pirates at 7pm and make our way down Roncesvalles to the Waterfront Bike Trail, ending up at Humber Bay park east where we will celebrate with a bonfire, snacks, and drinks. Pirates will be providing vegetarian sweet and savoury snacks (that can heated on the open fire (ie smores, veggies, veg dogs), some alcoholic and lots of non-alcoholic drinks. The party will officially end at 1am when the fire gets put out.

Meet at Bike Pirates (St. Clarins & Bloor) – 7pm
(Late comers second group will leave about 30 mins after first group leaves)

Approximately 30 min ride to fire pit

Fire out at 1am

This is a community event and all are welcome.

The bonfire pit is in a park where there are no bathrooms. Be prepared to use natural facilities.
There is also limited lighting on the waterfront trail and the park itself, so please remember your lights. There is a good chance of bugs, so consider bug spray or long sleeves.

As always we are striving for safer spaces. Many volunteers will be present if you have concerns on the nights and before then feel free to contact us here on fb or at info@bikepirates.com

A Queer & Trans Cover Band Show! May 30 @ 8PM @ Pirates

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A cover band show is a place we create for you to bring yourself and your friends together, play music, sing songs, have some good old DIY fun!

$5 at the door or pay what you can. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Proceeds from the show go to the Abundant Bodies track at the Allied Media Conference.
Check out the details here: https://talk.alliedmedia.org/content/abundant-bodies-media

This space is prioritizing queer/trans people of colour, black, indigenous, women, disabled people and all those that are underrepresented and alienated from the music scene. Let’s build our own beats to break down barriers and help create a music scene that aims to be safe, inclusive and empowering. Have no shame in your skill level. You can do it!

Contact radicalcoverbandshow.to@gmail.com for assistance finding people to play with, borrowing instruments and finding practice space.

More details about this event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/680367102026057/

May Day Allycat Race May 3rd

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This year will be the 5th annual MAYDAY weekend to raise money for the BIcycle Messenger Emergency Fund.
To date MAYDAY has raised over $14,000 and this year will be even bigger and better!!

This years race will be more fun and less gruelling, the parties will have more “refreshments”, the raffle has a new format (pick your own prize!) the bbqs will have even more amazing food on them and we will raise the most money to date!

ITS GOING TO BE AWESOME!!! So come ride bikes, get drunk, party with pals and show some love to your messfamily around the world who need your help when they are injured on the job.

For more info on the BMEF check out our website atwww.bicyclemessenger.org and our fb group here:https://www.facebook.com/groups/BicycleMessengerEmergencyFund/

Also please like our MAYDAY facebook group so you can get updates all year round. :)
https://www.facebook.com/MaydayTorontoABmefFundraiser?fref=ts

If you can’t make it but would like to donate anyways please contact us for arrangements.
If you’d like to donate to the prize/raffle pool we are always looking so please contact us about that also!

SHAMELESS WEBSITE LAUNCH AND IWD PARTY!

TIME: 7:30pm – 10:00pm
LOCATION: Bike Pirates
ADDRESS: 1292 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON, Canada (map)
ALL AGES: Yes
ACCESSIBILITY: Wheelchair Accessible, Gender-neutral Washrooms
Shameless Magazine is having a party! Join us on March 7th to celebrate our brand new website’s launch, our Love and Shameless_Event_Portrait_400_500_90Relationships issue, and International Women’s Day! Come listen to some great music and support feminist media!

featuring performances by: Tu Suis! (Featuring Editorial Director, Sheila Sampath!) Sidramatic! Youth reading by Robyn Marty-Dugas & DJ SHEXES!

$5 admission (comes with a FREE issue of the magazine!) All-ages event Venue is fully accessible