Bike Lab has class

All hands on deck. Students fix tire as Dave Dorning (r) and Julien Cooper look on.

Cycling is a year round activity for many Winnipeggers. So, it was no surprise to see Dave Dorning, Programming Coordinator of the University of Winnipeg’s Bike Lab, hold a workshop recently on the finer points of taking care of your two-wheeled transportation device.

Among other things, Dorning demonstrated the proper way to fix a flat tire, even if you have lost all your tools while riding out in the back 40.

There were four students who then made these kinds of repairs while in teams of two.

Dorning handed out CKUW stickers as performance awards. Later he held one up to his cellphone where it looks great.

Dave Dorning, Programming Coordinator, holds a CKUW logo sticker to his cellphone.

Since 2011, the Bike Lab has been a resource hub of learning self repair for one of our greatest modes of transportation.

Students and community members can bring their own bikes to do the repairs. There is even an “Adopt a Bike” program, but be aware that assembly and repair may be required.

This unique repair shop is made of shipping containers. With that kind of resourceful thinking, there comes some great ideas that keep people on the move even if those containers have to move around once in awhile.

Recently, the shop was relocated a few hundred meters away during a recent construction project at the University. With good heating, lighting and electricity as well as the always available hand strength, bikes come out ready to roll.

Grasshopper paint job from visiting graffiti artist, Roadsworth (Peter Gibson), features a night light, or perhaps a head lamp on the beast, beckoning bikers to visit the Bike Lab. If you hop in, you’re sure to wheel out.

Julien Cooper


I am Julien Cooper. Let's talk electronics. I advocate strongly in the sharing of existing resources such as electronic devices, for both personal and citizen journalistic uses. I call it 'Useful recycling we can use again' as in goods not broken down and then re-manufactured. I also offer free of charge the simple repairs and returns of electronics and free collections of electronics to re-purpose for new users. I hope one day we will have a fully established technical repair shop available to create an inner-city repair and exchange shop which the public can use as a makerspace or to receive or offer services in, which can include designing new inventions with or without peer help and having a public trade-in or exchange depot.

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