Bikes are for Bitches (and Ladies)


MeKid.jpgOur logo is MIA, so here is siobhan roshi learning to ride a bike. Thanks Dad!

(Held at Bike Forth, on 4th St. just off L)
10:30-12:00 on the following Saturdays: 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 10 Nov, 24 Nov, 8 Dec 2012
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siobhan roshi
Current workshop-runners
Sister Cat, Owen, Sally, Spokemistress Sarah
The Tribe
October 2007

WTF (Women/Trans/Friends): This workshop basically exists to address the fact that, hey, mechanics is dominated by men. And that being whatever it is, sometimes, the less macho among us need a little fresh air. We need to feel comfy being feminine, gender-neutral or otherwise not-quite-so dudely, and STILL be wrenching. It's no jab to guys—it's just that sometimes, you need to band together when you're the minority. It's just relieving. So this is supposed to give a leg-up to whomever may feel less inclined to come to the shop during open hours due to the double-obstacle of a) not knowing how to do it yourself and b) being one of the few non-dudes in the shop. At least we can knock a) out of the way so you can barrell through b) like it was nothing at all you empowered and skillful person, you.

This used to be a women-only space, but with some time, thought and dialogue it became apparent that this thing is about the interface: it's got to be a two-sided plan in order to benefit us. So this quarter we're going to focus on the interface: how can we make the spankin' new bike collective as conducive to equal-opportunity wrenching as possible? It's about getting all of us to respect different styles, approaches and sensitivities to create an environment where we're all still psyched to rock the bike at the end of the day.

The Lowdown: This time it's going to be a course that will assist in your efforts to strip down your bike, piece by piece, stare at its bloody guts, reassemble that sucker and get it rolling like you never knew it could. You can come to any and all sessions you want to, and if you've been to one before it will be highly recommendable that you come back and help teach yet more people how to do this: you'll soon be an expert in bike-mechanics as well as gender relations and the creation of a safe space. Boo-yah. There will likely also be copious amounts of hanging out, punk rock, literature-producing and patriarchy-crushing. Watch out.

The Name: So maybe "Bikes Are For Bitches" fails to draw a certain crowd— or fails to draw anything but a certain crowd? So we've changed the name to WTF, a name which came from the San Francisco Bike Kitchen. It addresses both the idea of drawing Women, Transgender and Friends (used to be "femme" but this seems more inclusive) as well as the confusing and complex role of gender in progressive grassroots organizations like this one. But, the wiki page still deserves tribute to "Bikes are for Bitches" with the following exerpt from the old wiki page:
Women Trans Friends (WTF) bicycle repair workshops have moved to Sunday 4-6 p.m. at Bike Forth, located at the corner of 4th and L Street in Davis. WTF is a gender-positive space where you can share your experiences in the bicycling world and learn how to fix your bike.

Schedule of 2012 workshops:

13 Oct: Wheels
27 Oct: Brakes
10 Nov: Bottom bracket, cranks, and pedals
24 Nov: Derailleur, chains, and shifters
8 Dec: Headset, handlebars, and fork

Though we’ll do something different each week, you can stick around after WTF hours for Open Shop hours to practice and learn other new things with whoever is running Open Shop. WTF is a project of the Davis Bike Collective, a do-it-yourself bike repair collective that runs Bike Forth.

JorCatDor.JPGJordan, Cat and Dorrie, Oct 2007 Shea.JPGShea kicking a Peugot into shape, Oct 2007 SheaEmily.JPGA boy from out of town, Shea and Emily, Oct 2007 WTF2.jpgWTF's historic first session, 28 April 2009 WTF1.jpgKim and Quenby adjust a freshly repacked hub paintedlady.jpgJanaki is a dainty little greaseball heather.jpgHeather adjusts the bottom bracket on Tijuana Brass


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2007-09-22 13:12:27   This sounds brilliant. I'll be your student! :D —NumiaCairaguas

2007-09-26 19:36:54   wish I could go... —PxlAted

2007-10-03 22:42:04   UPDATE: Check out this Thursday's Aggie for a feature on BR4B!!! Check out the bad ass bitches on bikes (and pixies and trikes!) —SiobhanBraybrook

2008-07-27 15:18:41   Sounds like a lot of fun—I'll have to drop by soon! —DanaSullivan

2010-07-14 16:11:00   This is genius, I went for the first time this week and it was awesome!! Will definitely be there again while I'm working on my new bike. =] —TrishAng

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