The Bike Centre

The Bike Centre is a do-it-yourself bike repair shop

This service offers access to the tools, parts, and training necessary for bicycle maintenance, along with a team of volunteers that are available to assist users and facilitate learning. Workshops are hosted by experienced technicians who educate and create awareness about bicycle maintenance and safety and address bicycle-related oppression issues.

Hours of Operation

Bike Centre Summer Hours

Hours Starting Monday, May 27th

  • Monday 12-8
  • Tuesday 2-8
  • Wednesday 12-8
  • Thursday 12-4:30 & Rainbow Bike Workspace 5-8
  • Friday 12-5

Central Coordinator

Volunteer Coordinator

Repair Coordinator


Contact Information

  • Coordinator: csabike@uoguelph.ca
  • Repair Coordinator: bcrepair@uoguelph.ca
  • Volunteer Coordinator: bikevol@uoguelph.ca
  • Phone: 519-824-4120 x52585
  • Location: 620 Gordon Street

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Volunteering

Volunteers, We Want You! The Bike Centre is a safe, inclusive space to network with fellow cyclers and learn about bicycles and bike repairs.

Current volunteer duties include:

  • Assisting patrons with bicycle repairs and tune-ups
  • Learning bicycle repairs from fellow volunteers and coordinators
  • Reorganizing parts to make them accessible for use/purchase
  • Sprucing up the interior of the centre to increase visual appeal and comfort
  • Helping to plan next semester’s promotion campaign and cycling events.

Volunteer drop-in time is flexible, though a one-hour minimum shift per week is preferred!

A half-hour volunteer orientation and one anti-oppression workshop are required to become a certified volunteer.

If this opportunity turns YOUR crank, email bikevol@uoguelph.ca

Regular Events

Rainbow Bike Workshop (RBW)
5:00 p.m-8:00 p.m. every Thursday evening
 
We recognize that there is a broad range of lived experiences that might cause people to feel hesitant to access the Bike Centre. Bicycle mechanics has traditionally been dominated by cis-hetero men through the prominence of patriarchal stigmas and social barriers. The CSA and the Bike Centre seeks to act against any societal structures that may perpetuate these tendencies.
 
Since 2010, every Thursday evening from 5 pm to 8 pm, the Bike Centre transforms into the Rainbow Bike Workshop (RBW). This is a conscious space for women and members of the LGBTQ+ community held with the goal of bypassing gender and race-related social barriers that may be normally experienced or expected when seeking hands-on shop and bicycling knowledge. During these hours, we learn and empower each other towards community and bicycle-related skill-building. This is an anti-oppressive space where proper pronoun usage and consent culture are forefronted, and where all skill levels are welcomed.
 
Are you someone who does NOT experience identity-related barriers to access to bicycle mechanics? Do you believe all people should have access to shop time and mechanical knowledge? Great! Here are some ways to support that vision:
 
  • Respect RBW hours by not attending them. If this is not a space that you find yourself in need of, then please choose to come during other service hours of the Bike Centre.
  • Be aware of the ways you interact with all individuals at the Bike Centre. Creating a positive anti-oppressive environment is everyone’s work.
  • Help to normalize consent culture (ask people if they want help -- don’t take over for them!) and proper pronoun usage.