Beryl’s Night is taking a break in January!
Join us next on Thursday 1st February 2018 from 6 – 9pm.
Beryl’s Night topics in the next few months:
Stay tuned, we’re still planning the sessions for 2018.
Women & Bicycles 2017
After last year’s sell-out event, we came back bigger and better this year to celebrate the many wonderful ways in which women and bicycles are changing the world.
Team Beryl invites women and trans folk into the workshop on the first Thursday of every month from 6-9pm.
Beryl’s Night is an evening just for women and trans folk, so if this includes you, please join us to take part in a mini-class on our monthly theme, work on your own bike in a safe space, and enjoy plenty of tea and biscuits and good company. Whether you’re interested in knowing more about maintaining your sweet ride, or just want to generally hang out with a great gang in a safe space, we hope to see you there!
Beryl’s Night is organised by a group of volunteers who are passionate about bikes and women’s issues.
- Caitlin – Team Beryl’s newest member and all round champion;
- Calista – Doodle queen, pioneering volunteer. Like Deadpool, she’s from the city that rhymes with fun;
- Camen – Market analyst, proud Roberts, Brompton AND self-built(!) bamboo bike owner;
- Cat – Scientist, aspring audaxer, and tandem fan;
- Elle – Bike mechanic, co-op co-founder, marathon runner
- Hannah – Book worm, MTB enthusiast, swapped The Lakes for Oxford(!);
- Kat – Environmental consultant, champion of women in science and cycling, enthusiastic tweeter;
- Karen – Touring cyclist (both bike and woman hail from Canada), volunteer mechanic and keen eater of workshop biscuits;
- Meike – Master-puzzler, volunteer co-ordinator, German by birth (but we don’t want her to ever leave England!);
- Stephanie – Math wiz, cycle courier and splash preventer.
Not content to meet just once a month at Beryl’s Night, this team is committed to making all workshop, events, and activities at the Broken Spoke inclusive and accessible to everyone by breaking down the barriers which prevent women and trans folk from engaging in cycling and mechanics. The members of Team Beryl look forward to seeing you around the workshop!
Why Do We Need Beryl’s Night?
At Beryl’s Night we welcome all women and all trans people.
The aim of Beryl’s Night is to create a space for women and trans folk to learn, fix, teach, socialise, get greasy hands, eat cake, hang out, laugh, use spanners, help each other, high five, ask for help, make friends…
Team Beryl believes that it is important to actively create this space, as well as encouraging women and trans folk to participate in the wider cycling community.
Often growing up, women aren’t given access to knowledge about fixing things and getting their hands dirty. When most mechanics are men, there is a kind of hierarchy of knowledge, where the men fix the bikes and teach the women. This primacy of cis-men in bike spaces can often discourage women and trans folk from participating, as well as bar them from the full range of opportunities available.
We want to do away with all this, and create a space where you are empowered to learn about your bike and share what you know – or just get on with it yourself! – all without the pressure and machismo that can exist in male populated spaces.
We offer a stand and tools, tea and friendship, and some help and advice if you get stuck.
See what we’ve been getting up to
More great cycling activities for women!
The Cowley Road Condors are a vibrant and friendly road cycling club with a community focus and a committed, yet fun, outlook towards club riding. During the 2014-15 season, their number of women cyclists tripled, and they now have a women’s section dedicated to this new membership. Check out the Condor Ladies Summer Sessions, an eight week FREE course designed to improve fitness and cycling skills for female cyclists.
Isis Cyclists CTC offer social bike rides for women in Oxford. Rides are led by experienced and knowledgeable members of the CTC and follow cycle paths and quiet roads. The length of the rides varies, but all rides include a refreshment stop. To register for the Isis monthly newsletter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beryl Burton – A Great Cyclist, but An Even Better Role Model
Beryl Burton was an English racing cyclist and one of Britain’s greatest athletes. She dominated women’s cycle racing in the UK, winning more than 900 domestic championships and seven world titles, and setting numerous national records. She set a women’s record for the 12-hour time-trial which still stands today (and exceeded the men’s record for two years).
One of Burton’s most famous idiosyncrasies was offering witticisms to riders she caught. Dave Taylor, press secretary at Cycling Time Trials, remembers: “The only experience I had with Beryl was being caught by her in a ‘25′ in Essex. As she passed me she said ‘Eh lad, you’re not trying’ where upon she disappeared up the road.”