guided bicycle maintenance for women and all non-binary people
Spokes not Blokes is a regular evening of guided bicycle maintenance for women and all non-binary people, by women and non-binary people.
It takes places on the first Tuesday of every month at 5-8:30pm. Hourly appointments are available to book for guided maintenance sessions at Glasgow South Community Hub outdoor yard.
who is welcome at our monthly spokes not blokes
Women (trans, cis, and intersex) and all non-binary people (of all/no genders). Self-definition is at the sole discretion of users. We do not police gender in our workshops. If you are here it is because you feel that you are included, and therefore are welcome. If you have any queries regarding our gender inclusion policy, please don’t hesitate to ask questions. We welcome complete beginners, as this is a learning space with mechanics & volunteers on hand to work through problems together.
what to expect at spokes not blokes
A friendly and welcoming space, free of judgement. We offer a stand and tools (in Tier 3 and below); and our skilled women and non-binary mechanics will be on hand to give help and advice if you get stuck. We also have new and second-hand parts to buy.
why spokes not blokes is necessary
Bike mechanics can be a field dominated by men. We want to provide a space where women and non-binary people are made to feel welcome in the workshop, and feel confident to learn and ask questions. Based on feedback, we found that a dedicated regular space for women and non-binary people was in demand; and so we chose to design this service to meet the needs of our community. We are aiming to change the status quo, whereby men fix bikes and do the teaching, whilst others watch. At Spokes not Blokes, women and non-binary people are empowered to learn about bikes and how to fix them, and to teach others.
All staff were wonderful. This course has empowered me more than you realise! Being around other women who cycle and want to learn mechanics of bikes is rare to find! And not expensive, as this has been a barrier for me!
I loved having a bloke-free space to try out myself. The environment was super relaxed and supportive.
how to support these services
We welcome support from all genders for our women & non-binary programme. We suggest that people can support their women and non-binary peers by promoting our activity on social media to ensure we reach as many interested people as possible. Others can also proactively help by enabling the attendance of women and non-binary people; for example by providing childcare, or covering a colleague’s shift at work.
what does non-binary mean?
Non-binary is an umbrella term for anyone who identifies as having no gender or whose gender identity is in-between or beyond the two categories ‘man’ and ‘woman’. Non-binary is a gender identity in its own right, but also includes agender, genderqueer, genderfluid, and all other genders outside of the “man/woman” binary.
You can also check out our weekly cycle lessons and led rides for women and non-binary people.