A wom+n-led session where like minded individuals can come together to learn bicycle mechanics, fix their own bikes and meet people at the Ride On workshop.
We use the term wom+n to underline inclusivity and to be absolutely clear that we explicitly include women of colour, trans women, femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer and non-binary folks and any other person who may feel discriminated against in some areas of feminism. We want to create an inclusive space, full of enthusiasm and friendly encouragement for trying something new.
For us, the + in wom+n recognises that not all women’s groups are fully inclusive. We hope it shows that we seek to be as inclusive as possible in keeping with our need to offer a space free from the influences of sexism and other forms of discrimination or exclusion.
Pronounce it however you like!
These sessions are led by the small team of female mechanics and volunteers working at the Ride On. We saw a gap in our community where plenty of wom+n we know cycle and own bikes, but many don’t have the confidence and knowledge to fix their bikes themselves, or maintain them to keep them working smoothly and safely. While reflecting upon this gap, we recognise that this may be partially due to the cis-male dominated environments of bike workshops, which can feel intimidating for others.
We wanted to introduce a space free of judgement and pressure where wom+n could come to learn basic bike mechanics to empower them to work on their own bikes and hopefully make them cycle more. These sessions are a safe space with no egos or arrogance, just the freedom to be yourself. We are respectful of everyone and there are definitely no silly questions. No experience necessary!
The workshops are led by a female mechanic at Ride On, and helped by a female volunteer, so there will be two people on hand to help out and teach. We encourage everyone to help everyone out, so feel free to share what you know and bring any knowledge you have already to the sessions.
All tools are provided in the workshop, but we encourage you to bring your own bike – it’s great to get to know yours better! There could be a rare occasion that we will not be able to work on it – in this instance, a substitute from the workshop can be used instead. If you are unable to bring your bike let us know when you register for a session and we can accommodate.
The workshop is here to allow you to gain confidence, meet like minded people and get stuck in and get our hands dirty! That being said, we understand such environments may be potentially intimidating for some. If this is the case feel free to get in touch and we would be happy to meet beforehand to settle you in.
When & What To Expect?
Tuesday evenings, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
The workshop will be open from 6pm with someone there so feel free to arrive from 6pm onwards to get set up so we can get started at 6:30pm.
The first hour will generally cover a main skill which will be outlined on the booking page. This skill will change every few weeks but bear in mind if you do one session, to maybe wait a few weeks before you book again as the session will largely be the same until the skill we are teaching changes. The second hour will be more relaxed and an opportunity to check over your own bikes and either practice the skill you’ve learnt further, or develop other skills.
There is no commitment to stay for the full 2 hours if you are unable to.
How Do I Book?
Spaces are limited to 4 people per session at first due to social distancing measures in the workshop. To book a session, load the Calendly calendar below or click the link here: https://calendly.com/dr-bike1/wom-n-s-workshop?month=2021-09
Click on the date you want to book and see if there are spaces remaining. If so, book in and answer the questions so we know a little more about you.
Sessions are run by donation as we do not want funds to be a barrier to anyone participating. We suggest a £5 donation per session. We are a charity so any donations made go directly back into helping us put more bikes back on the road, or helping more people to get into cycling! If you require any parts during the session to fix your own bike, these are charged per part at cost price. Tea, coffee and cake or biscuits will be available in the session.
Our staff and volunteers are required to present a negative lateral flow test before leading the sessions. While indoors, masks must be worn during the workshop for all participants and alcohol gel is available throughout the workshop. All workshop stations are distanced inside and places for participants are limited to only 4 each session to enable distancing and also for greater staff: attendee ratio.