In order to make sure we are meeting as many needs of our community as possible, we have decided to begin offering regular open shop nights in addition to our recurring Fender Bender skill-share events!
The open shop time is intended to provide a forum for anyone (who fits within the self identified framework that Fender Bender aims to serve) who doesn’t necessarily need a lot more mechanical education, but could benefit most from having access to the shop, the tools, and of course, a welcoming and safe community space in order to work on their own bikes.
The first open shop will take place Saturday, February 20th from 3:30pm-6:30pm in the Back Alley Bikes portion of the Hub. We will have female/gender queer mechanics on hand to help answer any questions, guide you around the shop, or just provide logistical support for whatever project you may have going on.
However, the privilege of having free usage of the shop and all its assets is not without stipulation. Before you can work on your own projects, you must spend at least one hour working on a volunteer project for the Hub. Basically, the open shop is three hours long so if you spend the first hour patching tubes, stripping a bike, cleaning up tools, or whatever else the Hub might need from its volunteers, you can have the next two hours all to yourself. This format mimics the regular Ally Program that the Hub offers whereby, folks can earn their access to the shop’s resources after a certain number of volunteer have been completed. We want to make it clear that anyone who attends Fender Bender can always attend the regularly scheduled, totally open volunteer nights at the Hub (Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6:00pm-8:00pm) and earn Ally hours, we just wanted to make sure that there was an analogous program available for anyone who may not feel entirely comfortable in the regular shop atmosphere.
We are hoping to increase the open-shop’s to twice a month, and then possibly weekly in the near future so please check back with us if you can’t make the one on the 20th – chances are we will have added another one very soon.
If you have any questions about this event, the volunteer requirements, or the Hub in general, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We love letters. And as always, we welcome anyone who hasn’t yet, to fill out a questionnaire and let us know what we can do to make this night the most useful and welcoming it can possibly be.
Hope to see you there!