Holidays and 2016 Renos!

We hope that by now everyone is aware that we don’t observe holidays here at Bike Pirates the way that most businesses do. Since we are run by a collective of volunteers and provide a unique service to our community, we tend to be open *ALL OF OUR REGULAR SCHEDULED HOURS* throughout holidays etc. unless volunteers aren’t available.

Generally we close more due to other commitments or extreme weather than because of a holiday!

So come on down, we’ll be observing our regular hours all this week, including new year’s eve.

THE SHOP WILL BE CLOSED FROM JANUARY 8TH TO 17TH  for our annual renovations/shop organizing. If you are interested in coming by and lending a hand we will be addressing issues both large and small, simple and mechanical, during this period.

Want to help rewire our stereo system? Sort parts? paint a wall? reorganize our basement or help install new lighting? We’ll try to keep our FACEBOOK PAGE updated with our plans and what our volunteers will be in the space during renovation week. More hands will mean more tasks get covered!

**Please refrain from asking for bicycle help during this time. It is important for us to be able to focus on improving and organizing the shop so we can help everyone more efficiently in the coming year**

Winter Riding workshop

Friday, November 20, 7pm-9pm, 1416 Queen St W.

Join us at Bike Pirates as we prepare to cycle through another great Canadian Winter!

Share tips, tricks, and “hacks” for safe riding when things get dark and slippery.

Volunteers will lead a discussion covering riding skills, how to dress/what to wear, and what works best for your bike.

Pay-What-You-Can/$5 donation.

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: 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: Thank you,

Facebook here:

Twitter here:

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 —
  • 2.) Jamie Weller (my fave) — (OMG, that’s Den at 19:43, and me 19:47 in the light-up bunny ears. Yes!! I am *famous*!!!! Slightly.)


Ahem. Be there or be square.



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, 14 ADVANCE RD near Kipling. They have other locations, too. But any light-up will do!!