Archive for March, 2011

One Speed Series: Finding and Preparing a Frame!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Check out our ongoing online series on building a single speed: Issue #2 Out Now!

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Welcome New Board Members!

Monday, March 28th, 2011
At Tuesday’s AGM a new board was elected for the 2011/2012 term. 15 positions were filled with five new faces. Everyone looks forward to serving our co-op in the coming year and continuing to build community through bikes.
Kevin Chan – President; Safe Cycling Coordinator
Kieran O’Neill – Vice President
Hillary Topps – Treasurer
Jordan Mackinnon – Purple and Yellow Coordinator; Inventory Manager
Bruce Haines – Purple and Yellow Coordinator; Bike Kitchen Liaison
George Rahi – Cargo-Bike Share Coordinator; Bike Art Coordinator
Andrea Bennett – Woman’s Night Assistant
Andy Longhurst – ASB Assistant
April Stainsby – Sprouts Liason
Johnty Wang – Johnty
Adrian Martynkiw – Events Coordinator
Iain – Events Coordinator
Bhakti James – Events Coordinator
Jeff Jardine – Editor
Chelsea Enslow – Board Member At Large



Bicycles 101

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Bicycles 101 will provide you with the tools you need to buy a bicycle, ride it safely and perform basic maintenance.

Come to our interactive workshop lead by cycling experts so you can get the tools you need to explore UBC and Vancouver on a bike!

Snacks and refreshments provided.

Location: The Global Lounge

Time: 6pm – 7:30pm

RSVP Here:



Annual General Meeting – March 22nd

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
On Tuesday, March 22nd from 6-9pm join the co-op for our annual general meeting!

Get more involved with the co-op and become a board member or just come to learn more about our organization. Food and beverages will be provided.

Fun times WILL be had by all.



Women’s Night #5

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

We are working towards making our space more inviting for women wishing to learn more about bicycles.

Wednesday the 30th of March from 6pm to 9pm is Women’s Night at the Bike Kitchen once again! The space is for self identified women and is trans inclusive.

The evening will consist of shop time to work on your own bicycle with instruction and tutorials when you need them. Beginners are very encouraged to attend. Knowledgeable mechanics and volunteers will be able to answer your bike questions and help you get your ride in tip top shape.


We aim to provide a relaxed evening of fun and wrenching.

Bring: Your bad self and your bicycle – if you have one. If you don’t have one, feel free to come and pair up to help someone else fix their bike.

Cost: $5-$10 Sliding Scale. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

Inquire at with your comments or concerns.

Hope to See You There!



One Speed is All You Need

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Vancouver is a great city for cycling regardless of the style of bike you use. Our temperate climate allows practically year round access on snow free roads and there is an ample, and growing, network of cycling routes throughout the city for safe and efficient travel. Most Vancouver routes are relatively flat providing enjoyable cycling opportunities for riders of single speed bicycles. With the warm days of spring approaching I encourage you to visualize yourself riding Vancouver’s bike routes on a single speed bike.

What is a single speed? You may ask.

Single speed bicycles are bikes which are usually made from a road frame and components but do not have any gears or shifters.

Single speeds have one chainring on the crank spider and one cog on the rear wheel. Riding a single speed is a much simpler and surprisingly a more enjoyable way to cycle, while the bike itself is more reliable because most of the high maintenance components (i.e.: shifters, shift cables, and deraillers) have been removed. This also makes the bike easier to maintain, and gives it a more streamlined appearance.

A single speed is different from a fixed gear bicycle because although they both have one speed, single speed bikes have a freewheel. This means that you can stop pedaling and the rear hub can still spin. This is called coasting. On a fixed gear, you are unable to coast or freely pedal backwards because there is no free wheel. Whenever the wheels are in motion that pedals are moving.

Although some commercial bike manufacturers do market single speed bikes, many of those in use today started life as some form of multi-speed bicycle. For all of you with a little mechanical inclination I have written instructions to assist you in building your own single speed bike using recycled parts at a budget cost.

To illustrate the activities involved in a single speed build I will acquire and assemble the necessary parts while describing the steps and considerations using photos.  The article will deal with the build in 4 separate installments:

  1. Finding and preparing the frame,
  2. Installing/overhauling the bottom bracket, crank set and chainring,
  3. Building/overhauling/modifying the wheel assemblies
  4. Installing the brakes, handle bar and seat

At the end of each installment I will identify any special tools needed to complete the work illustrated.  In the final installment I will include a summary of the cost of the parts for the build.

Marv is a beloved member of the Board at the AMS Bike Co-op at UBC. He has just finished building a single speed bicycle – and is the proud owner of many more. He enjoys cycling for fun and exercise and is very skilled at teaching mechanics.