Bike Works spring update


Photo by Jill Allen

By Alex Legum

Bike Works, Evergreen’s cycling education centre, is kicking the season off with all of the bike-related fun. The soft launch happened on March 20 with Bike Work’s first annual Part Swap, and something will be happening every weekend between now and the Grand Opening on April 23.

Drop, Swap & Shop: Bike Donation Drive and Mini-Tune Ups

On April 17, Evergreen is hosting a swap of all trades in partnership with the Toronto Tool Library and Etsy Canada.

Book a mini tune-up with Bike Works and get your bike rolling for the season. For $20 you get 30 minutes of work and the mechanic working on your bike will give you a rundown of any further repairs you might need.

This is a great time to donate that bike taking up too much garage space to a good cause. All donated bikes will be used in Evergreen programming to teach folks how to ride and build bikes, or will be sold at an accessible price.

Check out the full schedule of the day at

Group Rides

Bike Works and Sweet Pete’s are teaming up for another sweet season of group rides.

After having all of the fun in 2015, the women’s only mountain bike ride will be continuing on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Rentals will be available, and if you’re trying things out for the first time, your rental will be free! The women’s road ride will be continuing as well, this year on Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30pm.

The Brick Works team has added a co-ed, moderately paced TGIF morning ride, from 7 – 9am. Get a quick(ish) lap of the Don in before work, and stick around for a coffee and a scone if you’ve got nowhere to be.

Repair Workshops

Bike Works will be offering two levels of regular repair workshops.

Park Tool School is geared towards the home or shop mechanic looking to upgrade their skills. The next session begins Saturday, April 16, and continues weekly through May 14.

Bike Works will continue to offer a four-week Bike Basics Repair course, with the first session beginning in June. Registration for these workshops opens on April 15 and can be found at

DIY Hours

Need to get your bike cleaned up and rolling for spring? Drop in during DIY hours and access professional quality tools and instruction.  Get your ticking, creaking, shuddering, squealing questions answered.

Saturday April 9 from 11am – 3pm

Weekends beginning Saturday April 23 from 10am – 4pm

Tuesday to Thursday beginning May 3 from 4 – 8pm

Skills Clinic

Women’s Mountain Bike Skill Clinic – Bike Works and Sweet Pete’s are teaming up for a skills clinic geared towards newer riders on May 8. The clinic will feature two hours of skill workshops and a two hours of riding, right here in the Don Valley. The class will be facilitated by Jenn LeBlanc, professional downhill racer and rad human being.

For more information, email

Learn to Rides

Bike Works Learn to Rides will be kicking off early this year! Children’s Level 1 (Basics) and Level 2 (Beyond Basics) will begin on Sunday, April 24. Adult Learn to Ride lessons begin Tuesday, June 7 from 6 – 8pm. Registration can be found at Registration for dates in June and beyond goes live on April 15.

CAN-Bike 1 and 2 Certification

Looking to improve your confidence on the road? Do you need to get a cycling safety certification for work? Bike Works has a team of certified CAN-Bike Instructors on staff and can book you or your group a CAN-Bike 1 or 2 Certification. Pre-set registration dates will be announced closer to summer, or you can book a private lesson. Email for more information.

Sweet Pete’s

Sweet Pete’s Brick Works location throws open the door on Saturday, April 23. Swing by for a lot of rentals, a lot of rides, and a little bit of retail from April 23rd through to fall.

Shop Hours:

Saturday: 9am – 4pm

Sunday: 10am – 4pm

Wednesday to Friday: 11am – 8pm

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