Archive for April, 2011

Bikes 101

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011


The AMS Bike Co-op has developed a new workshop!

Working in partnership with the International Peer Program and funded by the Global Fund, we have developed and run “Bikes 101” – a workshop aimed at people who are interested in learning how to cycle in Vancouver. The workshop covers a lot of information in an hour and a half including bike safety, bike maintenance, and how to buy a used bike.

The idea for the workshop came from a community discussion some members of the Bike Co-op participated in during the fall of 2010. It was a discussion on how to make cycling accessible to immigrants, refugees and newcomers to Vancouver. There were representatives from other cycling advocacy groups and immigrant support organizations included in this conversation. After this discussion, the members of the Bike Co-op realized that people need access to a lot of information before they are able to become cyclists, and there is no one place to find this information! Sometimes, when immigrants who have been cyclists in their previous hometown move to Vancouver they buy cars because they don’t know that cycling is a valid transportation option here. The rules and norms surrounding cycling can vary drastically from country to country, and even city to city, so we can’t assume that people will just know how to start.

By creating a presentation that puts all of the information you need to become a cyclist into an hour and a half we can give people what they need to start cycling and provide them with resources on where they can learn more.

Cycling is a global issue because of the global impacts of using fossil fuels for transportation. The global north creates the majority of waste and pollution but the global south is the area that is most affected by climate change. By encouraging Canadians to cycle instead of drive we are helping our communities take responsibility for the environmental impacts of our lifestyles.

This event was really important in terms of letting people know what cycling resources are available on campus and in the City of Vancouver. We have received lots of positive feedback on the event from the participants and have seen many of them at our other events and in the Bike Kitchen, the non-profit bike shop we operate.

We hope to run “Bikes 101” many more times and to continue developing the workshop based on feedback we receive.

If you are interested in having the Bike Co-op facilitate Bikes 101 for your organization or event please contact us at:

We will run this workshop on a sliding scale depending on the budget of your organization – email us to work out the details. If your organization or group has a very limited budget we will try to run the workshop for free. We want to make this information accessible to everyone!



Bicycle Donations Always Welcome!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Support our Shop and Support our Programming

If you  have a sad looking bike in your shed you are ready to set free into the world – drop it off at the Bike Kitchen during our shop hours!

We will fix it up and either use it in our bike share fleet or sell it to students or community members in need of affordable used bikes. Any profits we make
from selling these bikes goes towards supporting the Bike Co-op’s programming that makes cycling more accessible – such as Women’s Night or Bikes 101.


Turn this… (“sigh, i’m so lonely and unloved”)


Into this… (“woo-eee! we’re both so happy! let’s go on an adventure! let’s bike to work!”)



One Speed Series: Bottom Bracket, Crank Set and Chainring

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Check out our ongoing online series on building a single speed: Read about bottom brackets, crank sets and chainrings in Issue #3 – Out Now!



Women’s Night #6

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Wednesday the 27th of April 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.