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.
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.