Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Bike Bike 2010

A date has been selected for Bike Bike 2010, Toronto.

August 12th to the 15th 2010.

Bike! Bike! is an international annual conference organized by and for Not-For-Profit bike projects. It takes place in a different city each year. This year it will be hosted by Bike Pirates in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

If you have services, housing, or supplies you would like to contribute, or would like to help out in any other way, please fill out our volunteer form and/or send us an e-mail at: bikebike2010 -at- gmail.com

There will be an assortment of different workshops at Bike! Bike! geared towards helping bike projects better serve their intended communities. There will also be social events to help/encourage projects to netowork. Some things which may (or may not) take place include (but are not by any means limited to): Anti-oppression, Consensus Decision Making, and Working with Kids workshops as well as Spandex Dance Parties, Movies, and Bike Rides.

We're working hard on getting everything organized. Soon we'll have much more info available online as well as the ability to pre-register. For now, Canadians should sit tight, and Americans should make sure they'll hold valid passports for next summer.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Cleaning Up

For housekeeping reasons we have moved our content to a new blog which will be feeding directly onto the front page of our website bikepirates.com. We wanted a page that all Pirates could access and update easily, so a new blog was created.

Please head to bikepiratestoronto if you wish to keep following our adventures. Also check out the website for a new layout and tonnes of new content.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Stop reading our blog and go over and read this one. Torontoist visited us recently and gave us a bit of cyber-print this week.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Toronto Film Documentaries Friday Oct 16th

Join Bike Pirates for a special documentary film night on Friday Oct 16th at 8pm.

Showcasing small independent docs directed by Toronto cyclists riding the streets.

Calling out to all Toronto cyclists to bring in their homemade films about riding in Toronto, please submit?

Films will be showed at Bike Pirates, 1292 Bloor Street W. at 8pm

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Memorial for Darcey Allen Sheppard

Bike Pirates helped ARC install a memorial for a fallen cyclist.
May he rest in Peace.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Friday, July 31, 2009

How to Bike Pirate...YAR!


Help keep our doors open to the public. If you are interested in bicycle mechanics or are akin to a D.I.Y. mentality, please volunteer your time.

Bike Pirates has two days put aside for new volunteers able and willing to learn how to interact with bicycles and cyclists.

Also please do not be shy for our Monday and Tuesday volunteer only hours. Come by Monday or Tuesday between 12-5pm and help us continually overhaul the Bike Pirates shop and bikes.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Spring Events!

Pirates is alive and kicking this spring! Our winter hours have continued, as have our monthly events. Heck, sometimes we have 2, or 3 (or 4) in a month! check out the Events page to keep up with what we are hosting or attending around town.

This Saturday June 13 we will be hosting one of our THREE Bike Month events - the Bike Pirates' Bike Wash! Join us in the back alley for a high-school-movie style Car wash...for bikes! We will scrub your bike, clean it off, lube it, pump the tires and let you know about any mechanical problems that might need attention.
June 13, 2-6pm.
$5-$10 PWYC

This is a fundraiser for the Bike Pirates kitchen mission. Help us finish building our counters so we can restart our Saturday Lunch Program!

contact: info@bikepirates.com

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Charlie's Freewheel's Fundraiser May 22nd

1292 Bloor St. W

Come out to our fundraiser and help us raise money to hire a mechanic and get supplies to support 6 youth in building their very own bicycle in a pilot project running this summer in association with Bike Pirates. Doors open at 8:30 and bands start at 9:00. Come by and see Kay Pettigrew, Rival Boys and the Low Heroes. After the bands, Noloves will DJ a Cumbia-style Latin dance party and DJ Platform Shag will play some DISCO! Drinks will be available by donation! The music will go until 1:30 so pop by anytime you can and invite your friends too! PWYC

Ride of Silence May 20th

I ask all to come out to the corner of Bloor and Spidina at 6:30-7pm on May 20th to honor the fallen cyclist, to raise awareness that cyclist are traffic and everyone needs to share the road.


* To HONOR those who have been injured or killed
* To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
* To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD


On May 20, 2009, at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North
America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in
a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured
while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right
to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't
aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists

In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first Ride Of Silence in Dallas
after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a
passing bus and was killed. (Read the full history here...)

The Ride Of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no
faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. There is no
brochure, no sponsors and no registration fees. The ride, which is
held during Bike Safety month, aims to raise the awareness of
motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right
to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for
those who have been killed or injured.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Totally RAD movie night/fundraiser at Bike Pirates

Bike Pirates will be hosting an extra-special event this coming Friday, May 1!

Bike Pirates is a sponsor of the upcoming summer program Charlie's Freewheels, a "Bike building mentorship program for youth from the Regent Park community", and will be hosting two fund-raising and awareness-raising events on their behalf.

The first will be a screening of "Rad", a film about some totally awesome bmx riders from the eighties - how can you lose! There will be snacks and drinks by donation, and as usual the event will be $5/PWYC at the door. All proceeds will go toward the summer program.
Check out Rad here:

Door at 7:30, film at 8pm

- In memory of Charles Princep, this collective is starting a pilot project to teach bike- mechanics, maintenance, riding skills, and love to young people from Charlie's community. To learn more about the project please visit www.charliep. -

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Alley Ride TONIGHT

Tonight is our Third Friday event for April. Join us to discover new routes and landscapes in our downtown neighbourhoods, as we traverse back alleys and laneways.

Come by the shop at 7pm. Meet in the back alley and join us for hot yummy drinks from Choco-Sol. The ride will start at 7:30.

Bring suggestions of favourite routes and spots to visit.
1292 Bloor st. West.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Extended Hours for Women and Trans Sundays

Our hours have been extended on Sundays...join us in carrying our Women & Trans hours to new heights.

Sundays 12-6pm!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Ice Race 2009

Icycle 09 Ice bike race is ready to roll again at Dufferin Ice Rink. Come for the action, stay for the rubber race. thrills, spills and definitely Chills. After party at the Bike Pirates @ 1292 Bloor West

9-11pm Feb 21st
Dufferin Ice Rink

11pm Bike Pirate fundraiser and awards ceremony!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Closed on Tuesday the 20th for the BFBA

We will be closed on Tuesday Jan 20th so we can all go to the bicycle friendly business awards, you should come!

Tuesday January 20, 2009, 7 pm
The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. W.)
$10 or PWYC (a fundraiser for the Toronto Cyclists Union)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Bike pirates has a welder!

We now have a humble mig welder available at bike pirates! want to play with it? write to info@bikepirates.com or come into the shop on a tuesday and we will book a workshop for you. Its really only useful to do it in groups of one or two so you get some time on the machine. lets make some dumb bikes!