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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginning in April, LGBTQ night is going to be drop-in hours instead of a workshop.
LGBTQA Drop-in DIY Hours
Wednesday, April 18 from 6pm – 9pm
The workspace will be reserved for LGBTQ community and allies. Folks are asked to consider for themselves if they feel the space is for them and will not be asked to identify at the door.
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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This Saturday, the 18th, is the day of the annual Icycle race and party! Just a heads up and reminder on what will be happening:
- The shop will close a little early, most likely at around 5:30pm
- The race takes place at 7pm at Dufferin Grove park
- The party will be at Bike Pirates when the race is over, most likely around 10pm
See you there!
This month (on Friday, February 24) critical mass will be followed by hot chocolate at bike pirates! Come one, come all on a bike ride through Toronto and warm up with us at the end.
Critical mass departs from Spadina & Bloor at 6:30pm (meet at 6pm).
Last month, we introduced the Rainbow (LGBTQ) workshops. See here to read about the goals of the workshops and the planned schedule.
The second workshop will be on February 15, from 6pm to 9pm. This workshop will be on Basic Bike Repairs: Brakes, Flats, and Drive Train Maintenance.
Note: Bring your bike in for extra help at the end of the workshop. The Bike Pirates workspace will be reserved for members and allies of the LGBTQ community and closed for regular DIY bicycle repair hours. We accept a pay-what-you-can donation.
Announcing a new, continuing 3-week series of bicycle workshop for Women and Trans folks. Presented by Bike Pirates’ Women & Trans Sundays and the Wenches with Wrenches collective, Gear Up! workshops aim to educate and empower women & trans-identified folks to be strong, independent cyclists. By providing a safer space we hope to encourage people to access our space who may otherwise not find it accessible, and the Gear Up! Workshops target those who learn better in a more structured teaching environment.
Workshops are held at the Bike Pirates workspace and run the first 3 Sundays of each month. There is no registration required, and the price is $5 or pay-what-you-can!
The first workshop will be an introduction to bike anatomy and flat fixing, and will take place this Sunday, February 5th from 6:30–8:30pm.
See the trans & women page for full details and schedule!