Guided bicycle maintenance for women and 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.
Where? Glasgow South Community Hub
When? The first Tuesday of every month
- 5 – 6pm: Instructions on a specific topic (changes monthly)
- 6 – 8pm: Fix Your Own Bike (FYOB): Open drop-in workshop with assistance on hand
What does non-binary mean?
Non-binary is an umbrella term for anyone whose gender does not unambiguously fit into either “man” or “woman”. Non-binary is a gender term in its own right, but also includes agender, genderqueer, genderfluid, and all other genders outside of the “man/woman” binary.
Who is welcome at this monthly event?
Women (trans, cis, and otherwise) 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 can you expect?
A friendly and welcoming space, free of judgement. We offer a stand and tools; 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. You don’t have to book, you can just show up.
Why do we feel this service is necessary?
Typically, bike mechanics can be a male-dominated field. 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 ensure we are serving 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.
How can others support this?
We welcome support from all genders for Spokes Not Blokes. 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 for women and non-binary people; for example providing childcare, or covering a colleague’s shift at work.
What events do we provide for all genders interested in bike mechanics?
We are proud to offer this particular event solely for women and non-binary people, but have a rich and varied offering of activities which all genders are welcome to attend. For example: Fix Your Own Bike, maintenance classes, and other events.
If you are interested in learning more about the ideas and need behind Spokes Not Blokes, we welcome you to get in touch with our team who would be happy to discuss.