Bike Pirates will be CLOSED this weekend – OCTOBER 1 + 2 – due to a number of volunteers attending the annual Bike!Bike! Conference in Detroit!


The conference is a gathering organized FOR and BY community bicycle projects like Bike Pirates (in fact, we hosted the conference in 2010), and gives us the opportunity to both share our knowledge and experiences, and glean new ideas, concepts, tactics, skills, and forge new relationships with other bike projects from all over the world!

We are very excited about this brief holiday and will be open again for regular shop hours on MONDAY OCTOBER 3rd.


Bike Rave 2016

Ahoy Pirates, Bike Rave 2016 is officially set for August 5.

We will be starting at Underpass Skate Park on the east end, setting up around 7:45 or so, and leaving close to 9PM. Here are the main event details (Facebook):

Here’s the route for this year.

Could definitely use some help with corking the route, particularly when we hit all the red lights going north on Sherbourne and when we hit Yonge/Wellseley.

If you are interested in helping or want to discuss the event, you can come to Pirates on Thursday night this week during volunteer hours
(after 7:30), and I’ll be around to talk.

The plan is to sell glowsticks PWYC at Underpass Skate Park before Bike Rave starts. The ride starts around 9PM or so, but we’ll be around an hour and a bit early to set up.

*ALSO: *It does not say so on the event listing, but if the event gets
broken up at our final stop, Trinity Bellwoods, there will be an
“after-party” of sorts for volunteers, friends, and friends of friends on
the Humber Bridge.

See you there!

July 2016 events

In addition to our regular Open Shop hours, we have the following special events coming up in July:

Wed   6 July 7pm – Volunteer orientation
Fri      8 July 7pm – Bike build (Pirate volunteers only, but means there should be some used bikes for sale on Saturday July 9)
Sat     9 July noon to 5pm – Pirate Birthday Party (10th? — gosh, we’re not sure!)  Come on down for lemonade and cake during our regular Saturday shop hours.  Pirate-only bash after shop close.
Wed  13 July 8pm – Mechanical Orientation — focus on old school bottom brackets.
Thurs14 July 6pm – ArtSpin — the shop will close early (6pm) so we can go
Wed   20 July 8pm – Biking Law Seminar — everyone welcome.  More info coming soon.
Wed   27 July 7pm – monthly meeting for Pirate volunteers

And here’s this handy Bike Pirates 2016 monthly calendar

Dykes on Bicycles, July 2 2016

dicylceIt’s time to ride with pride! The Dyke March is happening again and Dykes on Bicycles is back to bring a strong visibility of the one, two and three-and-more-wheeled queers of our city.

The word ‘Dicyles’ is a term that includes, but is not limited to road bikers, mountain bikers, commuters, racers, cruisers, hybrids, tri-cyclist, cargo bikers, scooters, e-bikes, polo bikers, tourers, tandemers and tall bikers, BMXers, 3 speeders, single speeders, fixies, couriers and cyclo-crossers and all folks on wheels!

We are an inclusive contingent of the Dyke March. If you feel you belong on your bike, please ride with us. We will ride critical mass style in the Dyke March on Saturday July 2nd during Pride 2016. Are you from out of town? Hop on a BikeShare bike or borrow one from a pal.


12:00pm Sign-Making, Bike Decorating and March Prep (Bloor and Church)
1:00 pm line up at Church and Bloor
2:00pm Dyke March (Bloor and Church down Yonge to Allen Gardens)
4:00pm Post-march activities at Allan Gardens: drumming group, speakers, yoga, and.

Volunteer mechanics will be present before and during the ride for tire inflation.


IMG_20140728_231039We have more than a few well-established rules here at Bike Pirates, one of which is we do not sell bikes or frames AS IS. This is for a few reasons, not the least of which is ensuring that bikes leaving Pirates are safe, rideable and going to good use.

However, every once in a while a rule must be broken!

During our renos we determined we had far too many BARE BICYCLE FRAMES (and carcasses) than we could possibly hope to build up for sale, even if we had weekly bike builds and a legion of enthusiastic, over-caffeinated wrenchers.


Starting February 6 at noon frames will be available for sale throughout the month of February.
Bike Pirates normally has a policy of not allowing frames to leave the shop without it being complete and safe, so this is another exception that will be available to you.

This is a cash and carry sale on a first come first serve basis.

Bike Pirates will also not hold any frames for anybody for whatever reason. Come early for best selection.
Frames will be priced on a PWYC basis for most frames, and the higher end ones will be available for up to $20. Frames will be available as frames only and most will be with a fork and headset.
Come by and get your new project started!!
There’s one catch: If you choose to work on your bike at Pirates (which we would love to help you with), we will not be able to accommodate it in our project room if you do not finish. Each time you visit the shop the bike/frame will need to go home with you.