Wrench Up!

What is it?

Bicycles are a fun, inexpensive, and healthy way to get around. Inevitably, maintenance is required to keep them running smoothly and safely. We offer classes for beginners to experienced mechanics on all aspects of bike repair and maintenance.

For more advanced classes and opportunities to learn bike mechanic skills, stay tuned. Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for generously funding this program.

Wrench-Up!: Beginner Bike Repair Course

Offered monthly, our Beginner Bicycle Repair course for youth (16+) and adults is a great way to begin learning how to repair and maintain your bike yourself, or to brush up on rusty repair skills. Participants are encouraged to bring their own bikes and can expect plenty of hands-on learning.

The Bike Kitchen is gratefully accepting donations of bicycles for refurbishing and eventual return to the community.

Week 1: Getting to know your bicycle with the ABC Quick Check

Learn the components of the bicycle, what they do, and how to recognize when they’re not working properly. You will also learn how to identify major mechanical safety hazards and other early warning signs that a bike is due for repair.

Week 2: Fixing Flat Tires & Roadside Repair

Learn what causes tires to go flat, how to repair a flat, and a few other handy techniques for getting your bike back on the road when an incident occurs. You will also learn to identify the various parts of a wheel, how to properly glue a tire patch, and how to spot the danger signs that a tire is worn out and needs replacing.

Week 3: Intro to Bicycle Adjustments & Basic Fitting

A properly fitting and adjusted bike is key for efficiency, comfort, control, and confidence. Week three introduces participants to bike adjustments and basic fitting. Learn how to set your bike up so it fits you like a glove and is a breeze to ride.

Beginner Bike Repair classes typically run the first 3 Sundays of every month from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Holidays and special events may result in scheduling changes on a case-by-case basis. Can’t make all three classes? We’re flexible with scheduling make-up dates, email us if this is an issue.

Women’s Only Classes run Sunday mornings and are structured as two separate three hour courses. They run 10am – 1pm. See the “Women’s Only Classes” tab for additional information.

$50.00 for all three classes, $40.00 for WEbike members and students.

No one is turned away for lack of funds. If cost is a barrier, we can help – click HERE to email us and let us know you’d like to attend.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own bikes to every class.

We require a minimum of four participants to hold a class. Classes under the minimum will be cancelled or rescheduled at the discretion of our staff. Encourage your friends and family to sign up together!

Maximum 8 participants per class.

Dates don’t work for you? Want a private class for just your friends or in your work-place? Contact us.

Women’s Only classes are reserved for women, those who self-identify as women, and femme individuals only. If you’re unsure if this includes you, then it probably doesn’t. They’re taught by our mechanic, Courtney, on Sunday mornings, 10am-1pm.