You love riding your bike, but it can be so daunting to set foot inside a bike shop and have to talk to mechanics about a problem you're experiencing without really knowing how to talk about it. How can you keep your trusty whip in shape and also be able to diagnosis what's wrong with it? It's time to be more self sufficient and save yourself the time and cash.
About the Workshop
What are the actual names of the bike parts? How do you maintain your chain? What do you do when it breaks? How can you tell what is actually wrong with your bike? How do you look less like a hot mess when you get a flat and the nearest bike shop you trust is on the other side of town?
In this workshop we're partnering with the bad women of Sidesaddle Bikes to help you get to know your ride inside and out and, more importantly, how to keep her running smoothly through all the fucked-up seasons! U bad (and prepared).
Andrea Smith opened Sidesaddle Bikes in 2015 as the first explicitly women-focused bike shop in Canada after noticing many retail shops are still decidedly male-focused, with maybe a small section in the corner dedicated to women’s products. “There are some commonalities to women’s experiences, and I think the industry could do a much better job of meeting the needs that women do have. Women tend to combine multiple trips into one, you’re picking your kid up at daycare and you’re carrying a purse and briefcase but it’s raining on you and you need gear that can help you do all of that.”
Our awesome workshop will be taught by Johanna who has been involved in the bike industry for 8 years as a mechanic, educator, and advocate. She is currently a staff mechanic at Sidesaddle Bikes as well as a board member for Our Community Bikes and a Kickstand volunteer.