There are a number of spaces that open regularly where anyone can drop-in to borrow tools and do their own repairs for free. The lovely folk who attend these clubs often have a lot of wisdom to share and will happily help you fix your bike, but remember they are volunteers and doing it for pleasure.
Many of these workshops will have parts available for sale at cost price or for a donation. Expect to pay a small donation which will go towards keeping these workshops running.
Platt Fields Bike Hub
Located in the Boathouse by the Platt Fields Lake. (n.20 on this map)
A long established hub for cyclists and home to the Coffee Cranks Co-Op, the boathouse opens every Saturday 11-5 for cycle socials and tool club.
If that’s not convenient, they also open for a couple of hours for an after work fix-up Thursday 5-7.
*Please note: during winter months opening hours may vary.
The Bike Hive
Located behind the tennis courts in Alexandra Park – (the “depot” on this map)
Learn to Ride sessions, second hand bike sales and tinkering Friday 9.30-12.
Check their facebook page for up to date info on activities and events.
Whilst slightly less DIY, nonetheless hugely useful! Manchester’s own mobile bicycle workshop revolveMCR run pop-up workshops around the city as well as having a permanent workshop in town. Feel free to turn up on the day for a chat and a check-up, but if you know you need work doing it’s best to give them a call in advance, so they bring the right parts out: 07939 062 600 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesdays at Media City, Salford and every Thursday 3-6 outside the Unicorn grocery store in Chorlton (near the library).
Expect to pay parts and labour.
Lady Pedal events….
Following the success of the Lady Pedal launch, we have trained up a Lady Pedal mechanics of our own as well as a few qualified ride leaders and cycle coaches! Keep an eye on our facebook page and social media pages for upcoming events.
*Be aware that some of the websites linked display outdated information. We are committed to ensuring our page stays up to date and will be checking these services regularly.*
**If we’ve missed something around the city or you notice an error, please get in touch!**
Transport For Greater Manchester run a number of free courses and workshops for people to learn more about cycling and maintenance.
See their Eventbrite page for more info and sign up.
Lady Pedal members are qualified to deliver certain types of mechanics and cycle training – get in touch to find out more.