Guided bicycle maintenance for women and non-binary people.

See below for some explanation of the language we are using.

We currently have 3 activities as part of our women & non-binary programme:

  • Weekly cycle rides & lessons for women 
  • Monthly guided bicycle maintenance  for women & all non-binary people (Spokes not Blokes)
  • Occasional taster sessions for BMX, Mountain Biking, and sports cycling, for women & non-binary people.

weekly cycle rides & lessons for women and non-binary people

Our weekly women’s cycle lessons and cycle rides are open to all women and femme/feminine-identifying non-binary people.  See below for services available to all genders.

The lessons run at both our South and West locations on a Thursday morning. Offering a learn to ride session from 10am to 11.30am and a gentle off-road cycle ride from 12.00pm to 1.30pm. 

Bikes and helmets are provided. Please wear flat soled shoes and bring weather appropriate clothing.

10am every Thursday a free learn to ride session for women – book here

11:30am every Thursday a gentle confidence-building bike ride for women – book here

‘Spokes not Blokes’ – guided bicycle maintenance for women and all non-binary people*1

Spokes not Blokes is a regular evening of guided bicycle maintenance for women and all non-binary people, by women and non-binary people.

operating during current Tier 4 + Stay at home & Tier 4

  • First Tuesday of the month
  • Currently taking place online from  6-7:30pm. . You can book a place here

operating during Tier 3 and lower only

  • First Tuesday of the month
  • Hourly appointments available to book to come in to  Glasgow South Community Hub for a guided maintenance session outside
  • Appointments to be booked here when available

 

sports cycling taster sessions for women & non-binary people

A chance to try out BMX, Mountain Biking, Velodrome, and more. You can see footage from our BMX taster session here

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 can you 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 do we feel these services are necessary?

Spokes not Blokes
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 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.  

women’s cycle sessions
The sessions are coached by women who themselves have an insight into the barriers women may face when starting to cycle. With a focus on building community and creating a space where learning becomes a fun and exciting experience, we have seen women grow in confidence and continue their cycling journey, supporting others to start cycling, training to become ride leaders, learning mechanics and volunteering at Bike for Good. 

sports cycling taster sessions for women & non-binary people
The taster sessions have come out of a demand from our users who have not found space for themselves in existing avenues to access sports cycling or more extreme sports. 

how can others support these programmes?

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 events do we provide for all genders interested in bike mechanics & cycling?

We are proud to offer these particular activities 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 Bikemaintenance classes, cycle training and other events.

At Bike for Good, we recognise that there are many barriers to cycling. We aim to change lives through cycling by creating a healthy and inclusive environment where everyone in the community benefits from more people cycling.

You can read more about our mission and vision here, and our equality, diversity, and inclusion page here.

If you are interested in learning more about the ideas and needs behind our activities, you are welcome to get in touch with our team who would be happy to discuss.

Glossary

*1 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.

Spokes Not Blokes