Women and Gender-variant (WaG) Nights

WaG is a dedicated space for women and gender-variant people to fix their own bikes, with mechanics on hand for help and advice.

Every 2nd and 4th Monday night we run an open workshop for women and gender-variant people, as well as a short lesson. We cover maintenance topics like adjusting brakes and how to fix a puncture, and riding topics like assertive cycling and fitting your bike to your body. Sometimes we show films, other times we just have a chat over tea. If you’ve got a topic that you’d like to see discussed, get in touch: fixit@lbk.org.uk.

How much does this cost, you ask? It’s all yours for the low low price of £5 per session if you’re a member, and £7 if you’re not. Membership to LBK is £10 per year.

Doors open at 6pm

Lesson/Seminar: 7 – 7:30pm

Open Workshop: 7:30 – 9pm

What do we mean by ‘women and gender-variant’?
Anybody who identifies as a woman, or anybody who has a non-binary gender identity. This could mean transgender, genderqueer, ftm, mtf, transwomen, transmen, or any of the many other various identities which are not ‘male’ or ‘female’ in the traditional sense.

Why ‘women and gender-variant’ only?
Growing up, women aren’t generally encouraged to fix bikes or given access to knowledge about mechanics in general. As a result, women can feel like they can’t fix stuff themselves, or think it’s a man’s domain. All this can also be true for people with gender-variant identities. When most mechanics are men, there is a kind of heirarchy of knowledge, whereby the men fix the bikes and teach the women, and the women watch the men fix the bikes (and learn little), or are taught by the men. We want to do away with all this, and create a space where you are empowered to learn about your bike, share what you know (or just get on with it yourself!), all without the pressure and machismo that sometimes exists in male populated spaces. We offer a stand and tools, and some help and advice when you get stuck.

The Documentary ‘Dudey Free Zone’ is a great introduction to why spaces like WaG exist:

Dudey Free Zone from Laila Davis on Vimeo.