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.
Please confirm registration of workshop by email email@example.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.
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!
Facebook Event INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!
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.
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.
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.
One big final THANK YOU to everyone who put support behind the fundraiser as well as the move from Bloor Street to Parkdale!! Our Indiegogo Fundraiser Campaign ended January 3rd, and raised a total of about $6,800! All of the money (after delivering PERKS) will be going towards costs associated with cleaning, moving, renovating and setting up the new shop.
We rely on folks helping, reaching out, and donating to make our project a success. Thank you for putting up with all of the callouts and pleas for support!! You can continue to stay tuned here for updates on how the space is shaping up, what help we need, and when we will be opening!
Please be patient as we try to prepare the shop. We hope to have open hours again in the next few weeks.
For those who have claimed PERKS, we will be in touch some time in January. We want to get things delivered as soon as possible, but the screen printed materials may not be ready until February. Stay tuned.
Please join us Monday, December 29, at 10 AM at 1292 Bloor St W to help us load up our moving truck.
You can also join the moving fun & help unload the truck at 1416 Queen St W around 11 AM.
We will be making a few trips, so drop by either location during the day to help out. It will be much appreciated!
We’ve finalized the lease and are excited to announce our new workspace will be at
1416 Queen Street West!
We are enthusiastic about the possibilities in this new space – with a much larger main floor, greater accessibility, and in a whole new neighbourhood. We think Parkdale is a great match for our collective and the work that we do.
Stay tuned for updates on our renovations and for confirmation of our first operating day at the new space.
In the meantime, consider dropping by any day from 12pm-6pm (and possibly later) to help us with cleaning, moving and renovating, or stop by with some snacks (we will be without a kitchen for several weeks) and high fives!