november events at the flat

Hey folks,
Besides our regular opening hours that allow you to fix your bike for free or teach others how to fix their bikes, the Flat is putting on some special events this month that may interest you:
WT*Q Night
Wednesday Nov 11 – 5-7:30pm
We open specially this Wednesday for female, trans*, and/or queer-identifying folk to fix their bikes with similarly-identified volunteers.
Single Speed Conversion Workshop
Wednesday Nov 18 – 5:30-7:30pm
Single speed/fixed gear are the best winter commuters because for their simplicity, time to learn how to build one from scratch! This workshop will mostly focus on how to convert an old road frame into a nice and handy single speed/fixed gear commuter. What pieces should you change? What parts can you keep and use until their end? We will also talk about the common problems encountered with a conversion, as well as some “security” basics concerning cops that you should know when riding a fixed gear.
Free workshop open to the public, including volunteers. Limited space – RSVP to theflat.bikecollective@gmail.com to attend.
The Flat Bike Collective Visioning Meeting 
Friday Nov 20 – 6-10pm
25 Beaubien E
A biannual party-meeting of free dinner, communal drinking, deep discussion on the Flat’s past, present, and future; followed by optional wild partying.
Winterizing Workshop
Wednesday Dec 2 – 5-7:30pm (not November, but really close!)
Bike mods, maintenance and general tips to keep you up and running this winter!
Free workshop open to the public, including volunteers. Limited space – RSVP to theflat.bikecollective@gmail.com to attend.
Cheers,
The Flat fam

September at the Flat

Back to regular hours (5-7:30pm) monday, tuesday, thursday starting aug 31.

Friday Sept 4, 5-8pm – Taskerade
Come out and help us prep for this season of bike fixin’! There will be pizza and music and tasty vegan treats!

CLOSED Monday Sept 7th (Labour day)

CLOSED Tuesday Sept 8th (SSMU Activities night)

CLOSED Wednesday Sept 9th (SSMU Activities Night)

Wednesday Sept 16th, 5-7:30pm – WT*Q Night
WT*Q night is an evening where we open specially for woman, trans* and/or queer-identifying folks. Come on out and fix your bikes with similarly-identified volunteers!

Friday Sept 18th, 5-7:30pm – Taskerade!
September shop organization part 2.  Come out and help us continue our organizing and prep for this season of bike fixin’!

Wednesday Sept 23rd, 5-7:30pm – Gears workshop
Keep those derailleurs shifting smoothly with proper installation, large and fine adjustments, and common troubleshooting tips. Space is limited, please RSVP theflat.bikecollective@gmail.com to sign up.

Friday Sept 25th, 5-6pm Volunteer Orientation
Interested in helping out at the shop? Wanna learn about working on bikes? Maybe you’d like to meet and hang with some awesome bike nerds?  There are many ways to help, even if you don’t know a thing about bikes! Come volunteer with us!  We’ll be having an orientation friday Sept 25th to introduce you to the shop and give you an idea of how we work. Please RSVP by sending an email to: theflat.bikecollective@gmail.com

WT*Q Night

This Wednesday June 10, 2:30-5pm, is Women, Trans* and Queer Night at the Flat!

On this one Wednesday a month, we open specially for self-identified women, trans* and/or queer folk to fix bikes with similarly identified volunteers in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.

This weeks events! (Taskerade, Winter biking wksp, bike repurposart)

Hope you’re enjoying these first few days of snow. Hold on to your hats, and put your pied to the pedals, because just because it’s snowing doesn’t mean things are going to slow down around here.
So this week is actually pretty active at the flat. We have plans, we have workshops, we’ll have pizza and we’ll have fun. Everyone’s welcome!
Tomorrow (19th – Wednesday) we’ll have Taskerade! That’s when we all (ALL you hear) come together to the flat and clean up the place and get things organised. We’ll have some food and good music, so please drop by at or after 5 pm to help us out. Yay to getting things done!
On Friday (21st) 5-6 pm, we’ll have a winter biking workshop. It’ll be a very basic explanation of what’s helpful when biking when even cars are afraid to venture out. If you have things to ask or to say about pedaling when the snow is pedal high, please drop by. Space will be limited to 15, first come style.
On friday again, 6 to 7:30, we’ll have a bike art fiesta. This will be a very casual discussion and planning about repurposing some old bike pieces into objects of art. If you have any ideas, experience, interest or some true inner calling, you’re wanted.
Again, everyone’s welcome. talk to us if you have any specific questions. hope to see you there!

NOVEMBER AT THE FLAT!

October is gone. And with it are the last of the leaves that fell on you and your bike while you were biking along the tree lined streets of beautiful Montréal. The crowds are dwindling on the bike paths but not here at the flat. Here we ride strong. Here we ride all year long. (Well, some of us) Things are still pretty hoppin’ in the shop.

Events this month start with a wheel workshop Wednesday Nov 5th.  Wheel working Wednesday wheel call it. (haha, sorry had to)  Come learn about all of the parts of the wheel and how everything works together to get you rolling.  Bring your own wheel or use one of the many fixer-upper wheels we have kickin’ around the shop. The workshop will start at 5pm, and run till 7:30.

Next up is WT*Q night Wednesday November 12 (5-7:30pm).  We welcome everyone identifying as female, trans*, and/or queer for a night of bike fixing and good jams, in a supportive + positive environment. Come wrench on bikes with like-minded people, leave with community and a smooth ride.

Rumor around town is… WINTER IS COMING.  On account of this yearly phenomenon we’ve decided to have a workshop with all kinds of tips on making thru Montréal winters on your bike. Come one, come all! Learn and share your tips on winter biking Friday November 21 5-6pm.

That’s all for now. Happy riding everyone, and hope to see you around the shop!

PS. We’re still looking for volunteers.  If you want to get involved send us an email and we’ll hook you up. This winter we’ll be building up the bikes in the basement! Come and join us. All skill levels welcome! It’s a great way to learn about bikes!