The Bristol Bike Project

Raise the saddle

Raise the Saddle happens every Monday 6-9pm so come and join us for some do it together fixing! The aim of Raise the saddle is to create a space for women, non binary and trans folk to learn, fix, teach, socialise and help each other. We believe that it is important to create this dedicated space, as well as encouraging folk to participate in the wider BBP community.

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Here’s how it works

Bring your bike to fix or for a simple check over at this weekly workshop where we share knowledge and skills in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. No experience necessary!

The workshop is coordinated by an experienced mechanic, but please be aware that this is a skill-sharing session, and our volunteers are not necessarily experts. Volunteers will be on hand to help you mend your bike, teaching you how to check your bike over, which tools to use and how to fix problems. We have a selection of bike maintenance books and resources, as well as internet tutorials, which you are welcome to use and we can guide you through what to search for or refer to. We also have wide range of new and used parts available to buy.

Before you join us, there’s a few things we need you to know…

  • Our shop shutters will be closed. The entrance to the community workshop is around the corner at the rear of the shop, towards the bottom of Seymour Road (Stapleton Rd end) – you’ll spot the sign on the wall.
  • The workshops run every Monday evening. We ask that you arrive promptly at 6pm and you will have up to two hours to repair your bike.
  • Entry to the workshop costs £5 for up to 1 hour/£8 for 2 hours/£10 for 3 hours.
  • This is a DIY and DIT (do it together!) workshop, which means you are expected to work on your own bike, but the coordinator and volunteers are there to help and guide you.
  • Everyone attending the workshop is expected to wear a face covering unless medical circumstances means you can’t (please inform us of this).
  • Finally, if you are displaying any coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to isolate, please don’t come to the workshop! 

Raise the saddle is a friendly and inclusive evening, however we understand new environments and new groups of people can feel intimidating. If you are coming along for the first time and feel nervous, get in touch and we would be happy to help you get settled in!

By coming to this workshop, you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions.

When

Mondays

6-9pm

These sessions are drop-in, no need to pre-book!

We are limiting the number of people in the community workshop to a maximum of 8 including volunteers. This means we’ll be operating on a first come, first served basis and you may need to wait outside or come back another week if we’re at capacity. Please be understanding!

We expect that everyone who isn’t medically exempt brings and wears a face mask during the session for the health and reassurance of everyone attending.

Cost
  • Up to 1 hour: £5
  • Up to 2 hours: £8
  • Up to 3 hours: £10

No one is turned away due to lack of funds.

Tea and coffee are available for a donation.