Hello friends! Welcome to our blog!! We’re so glad you came! We are a small group of folks in Detroit, Michigan who are committed to creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for self-identified womyn, transgendered individuals and members of the genderqueer community to learn about, and work on, bikes. Our goal is to help advance the presence of these underserved populations in a field that can safely be said to be dominated by straight, male-identified individuals.
We would like to make it clear that this is not an initiative to demonize anyone of any perceived gender or preference, but simply to acknowledge that there is a large gender discrepancy in the field of bike mechanics, and in order to address that gap, we must be aggressive in our efforts to reach out to those who may not currently feel supported in a shop atmosphere. We want everyone to feel confident riding and working on their bikes, and in order to do that, we must be creative and dynamic in our outreach. We must also understand that by lifting up one group, we are not bringing down another. A rising tide lifts all boats, am I right?!
To that end, we have put together a monthly event at the Hub of Detroit’s community space, Back Alley Bikes. We are affectionately calling the night Fender Bender. The event will be run by self-identified womyn, trans, and gender non-conformists, and will exist in a two part format. The first hour of the night will be devoted to education, discussion, and resources, while the second hour will be reserved for actual wrenching and technique application. Folks are encouraged to work on their own bikes, or try out their skills on one of the many bikes available in the shop. This event is 100% FREE and open to anyone who identifies within the framework of the above description.
The first night will be held at the Hub on Tuesday, January 26th from 7:00-9:00pm. Our discussion will center around rules of the road, and winterizing your bike. We will also set aside a portion of time to obtain feedback about which topics attendees would most like us to address, and how this night can most effectively serve its intended community.
This blog is intended for outreach, and will include resources such as videos, and links to additional information which will correspond to each month’s event. It will also serve as an aggregate for bike news around Detroit, and any pertinent info we might feel like passing along. Some of this info will also be cross-referenced through The Hub’s website.
Ok. I think that’s all for now. Please feel free to send us any questions or comments you might have, and we’ll do our best to address them. Thanks a bunch! We hope to see you on the 26th!!