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.
Located behind the tennis courts in Alexandra Park – (the “depot” on this map)
Open tool club workshop during the daytime on Monday 9-2. Whalley Range on Wheels has a history of women’s events.
There are also two Learn to Ride sessions which run parallel to the tool club, Monday 9.30-12 then 12.30-2.
Regular “Women in the Workshop” sessions on offer – check webpage for details: https://alexandraparkmanchester.com/weekly-activities/115-the-bike-hive
Revolve MCR – Unicorn
Whilst slightly less DIY, nonetheless hugely useful! Our friends over at Manchester’s own mobile bicycle workshop Revolve MCR run a couple of pop-up workshops. 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:
Every Monday outside the Manchester University Students’ Union, Tuesday at Media City, Salford and every Thursday 3-6ish outside the Unicorn grocery store in Chorlton (near the library).
These sessions can get very busy so booking ahead is advisable, give Dave a call on 07939062600 or drop him a message: firstname.lastname@example.org
Expect to pay parts and labour.
Lady Pedal events….
Following the success of the Lady Pedal launch, we have trained up 2 Lady Pedal mechanics of our own as well as a few qualified ride leaders! Keep an eye on our Lady Pedal Calendar 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*Be aware that some of the websites linked display outdated information.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.
The National Cycling Centre are offering free beginners and intermediate cycle maintenance training, with specific women only sessions!
This will be delivered on behalf of TFGM. Follow this link for more info, booking and availability.