Archive for April, 2014

Bike Co-op Group Rides – Belcarra Report

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
During the summer months, folks at the Bike Co-op like to crawl out from our underground lair (otherwise known as the Bike Kitchen) and go for (no big surprise here) some awesome bike rides!!
All Bike Co-op members welcome to come along!  If you are interested in hearing more about upcoming rides, you can join the mailing list to receive updates on upcoming rides.
If your curious about what these rides are all about, check out the blog post below, written by Bike Co-op board members Tamara and Amir, about our recent ride to Belcarra Regional Park!

Belcarra Ride Report – April 19th, 2014

On Saturday, April 19th, a few members of the Bike Co-op went on a day ride to Belcarra Regional Park. The original plan to camp on Keats Island was cancelled due to a forecasted rainy day and night, so Jean-Francois suggested a day ride instead and we crossed our fingers for a sunny morn. Our crossed fingers paid off, as the morning ride from the overpriced drinks of Café Musette downtown to the forest of Belcarra Park was marvelously dry! Just as we were about to head homeward after eating lunch in the park, it began to sprinkle, which soon turned into a steady rain that persisted much of the way back to Vancouver.  

Tamara: Memorable moments for me include getting two flat tires: one flat on Barnett Highway which was fixed with the help of everyone else’s preparedness, and another one just a half hour walk from home in East Vancouver. Almost made it! It was the longest ride I’ve been on with the largest climbs and descents, and though I was feeling it a little in my shoulders (and definitely in my legs on the hills!) by the end, it was a well worth it to spend the day riding with some rad bike co-op people around a new area of the lower mainland, and to breathe in some fresh rainy forest air.

Amir: As it was my first big ride, I was a little bit worried if I can’t catch with the group’s speed. But it turns out that the ride was very smooth and friendly, not a race nor a competition. I think anyone with some experience of biking from home to school/work would be fine.
Another important thing that is worth mentioning here is the Gatensbury Road, connecting Coquitlam to Port Moody. On the bike map (which uses arrows to mark the steepness of hills) it is a “one arrow” road, but it should actually be a “triple arrow road”. It is just to know it and not get surprised 🙂

Ride summary
Café Musette @ 9:30am to Belcarra Regional Park and back
People: Jean-Francois, Jordan, Tamara, Sherry, Amir
Weather: Overcast and dry, then rainy
Distance: ~70km for those in East Van, ~85km for those who trekked back to UBC
Steepest hill:  Gatensbury Road is, in JF’s words, a monster! Maximum grade of 17%.



May BYOB – one spot left!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Thank you all for the enthusiasm! Our spring session of the BYOB (Build Your Own Bike) program is now down to the LAST SPOT! Sign up now to grab that spot, and learn how to build your own beautiful bike for the summer. Participate in the process of building your own two-wheeled pride and joy!

The spring program dates are May 5, 12, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23. The program runs every Monday night from 6-9PM at The Bike Kitchen.

*BYOB is a members only program. If you wish to participate but have not yet joined as a member, why, all the more reason to join today! If you’re a member already, then then go ahead and register now!




Women & Queer Night – May 7th

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

The first Wednesday of the month from 6pm – 9pm is Women and Queer Night at the Bike Kitchen!A positive space program for self-identified women and LGBTQ people. Bring your bike and we’ll help you learn to fix it yourself. It’s free!

For more info visit

For the Facebook event visit



Tune-ups for “Safe and Sustainable Transportation Month”

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

With sunny weather just around the corner, it’s the perfect time for the campus community to get out of their cars and start commuting on two wheels! Get ready to ride just in time for Bike to Work Week, with the Bike Kitchen and Campus and Community Planning! Bike tune-ups booths will be set up along Main Mall throughout May so he sure to stop by and give your wheels some TLC. Register for Bike to Work Week and sign the UBC Bike Pledge, promising to be a safe cyclist, and you’ll get a free UBC Bike Bell.

  • When: May 1, 8, 16 & 22nd, 11:30-1pm
  • Where: Near Main Mall & University Boulevard

Campus and Community Planning is promoting Safe and Sustainable Transportation Month all throughout May, with a series of events and activities centred around encouraging safe pedestrian and cyclist behaviour. Check out for more information.



The Last Commute! – April 30

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Join the AMS Bike Co-op as we celebrate the last day of exams with our annual tradition…. TLC! The Last Commute!

Meet at the Bike Kitchen at 6:00 pm and we’ll all ride as a group to Crab Park! There will be games and fun to be had by all!

This event is BYOB. Bring Your Own:
1) Bike, of course!
2) BBQ’able item! We’ll have some grills to cook up your burgers/hot dogs/veggie patties, etc.
3) Plates, cups etc. Because being sustainable is awesome!

See y’all on The Last Commute!

Check out the facebook event, RSVP, and invite your friends!  The more the merrier!



Recycling Party – April 23

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Join us for our Recycling Party on April 23 from 6-9 pm in the Bike Kitchen!

Exam stress got you down?  Here are 3 great reasons why you should take a study break tomorrow night and help us strip some bikes!

1) Stripping bikes is a great way to relax and take your mind off all those tests and essays!  Drop your #2 pencil and leave your laptop at home!

2) We’ll give you a free pizza dinner for volunteering!  Been ignoring those little things like grocery shopping and general personal care while you pour over the books?  No worries – dinner is on us tomorrow night.

3) It’s fun!  Been spending a lot of silent time in the library lately?  Folks at the Bike Kitchen are friendly, and we always play some sweet tunes while we wrench.

For more information on our Bicycle Recycling program, visit

See you there!



Intro to Mechanics Open for Registration

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Our Spring/Summer sessions of Intro to Mechanics are open for registration!  You can now sign up for our popular workshop series for May, June, July or August.  Check out the full workshop schedule and register at

During these interactive sessions, you’ll learn to become more familiar with different types of bike tools and different parts of bikes.  Everyone is welcome! (No bike required!)

We have even bigger news… registration for Intro to Mechanics is now completely online!  We are accepting Visa and Mastercard through our new website extension.  We can still accept debit and cash if needed – contact us at programs(at) or (604) 822-2453 with your full name, email address, phone number and your preferred workshop month.  We will check workshop availability for you and pass along the details for paying in person if there is space.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at programs(at) or (604) 822-2453.  We hope to see you at Intro to Mechanics soon!




Bike Co-op featured on BCCA!

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The AMS Bike Co-op was featured on BCCA’s (British Columbia Co-operative Association) website!

Check out the article, which featured our new President-elect Tamara Brown and Vice President-elect Jean-François Caron.

The article discussed The Bike Co-op’s history and its advancement in promoting cycling advocacy at UBC and the wider Vancouver community.  Thanks for the article, BCCA!



BYOB (Build Your Own Bike) is BACK!

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

BYOB is back this summer and on! Come learn how to build your bike in this 8-week workshop series!

BYOB is an intensive program that guides you through the process of building your own bike from the frame up!  Our mechanics are here to guide you through the process of assembling your bike, but leave you to do all the wrenching.  Great for anyone who wants to learn the nitty gritty of bike mechanics, and get an awesome bike, customized just for you, out of the process!

The program runs for 8 weeks, always on Monday nights from 6-9 pm in the Bike Kitchen.  The Spring and Summer session dates are:

  • Spring Session – May 5, 12, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23
  • Summer Session – July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 11, 18, 25

BYOB is a members only program!  If you wish to participate but have not yet joined as a member, why, all the more reason to join today!  If you’re a member already, then go ahead and register for the workshops now!



Member Night – Apr. 9

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Member Night is coming back on April 9th! It’s a great opportunity for members to hang out, fix bikes, and have some fun! Shop time (with a knowledgeable mechanic present) is also FREE during Member Night, so drop by on April 9th to get extra help with that one tricky thing you need to work on, for free!

This Member Night, take a break from studying and come chill out with us while we watch a cool bike movie! The film of choice is to be determined, so make sure you check back on our facebook event to see what film we pick.

This IS a members only event, so make sure you have your membership before attending! And if you’re still not sure about joining the Bike Co-op, click here to learn about all the cool perks you get for being part of the coolest groups of people ever (aka Bike Co-op members). Become a member today!