We are here to help you learn how to fix your own bike! Our bike mechanics run DIY workshop sessions supported by volunteers where we help you fix/accessorise/build your bike and answer your questions. However big or small your bike-related issues, get yourself down to our DIY workshop. Everyone is welcome, no experience are necessary (just a bit of time and an open mind)!
Things to Know Before You Come
Booking is recommended. There are two work stands available to book here. We also have two stands which are available for drop ins throughout the afternoon. If it is busy, you may have to wait until a stand is free, or come back another week.
We’re spending half the session outside (unless the weather and daylight makes working outside unsafe). Stay warm, drink tea!
Wearing masks is essential – please keep these on unless you have a medical exemption. If you need to eat or drink or take a mask break please move away from the workshop space before removing your mask.
*If you have covid symptoms/have been in contact with someone with covid symptoms, please do not come to the workshop. Please stay at home.*
Some jobs take longer than expected, so it’s best if you allow enough time to do the fix you know about, and possibly some fixes you don’t. The session lead mechanic will help set expectations of what jobs are reasonable to complete in the time available. To ensure we can help you repair your bike during the workshop hours, we don’t start any new jobs during the last hour of the open workshop. This is important because unfortunately we don’t have extra space to store any bikes overnight.
During busy sessions the workshop is filled with tools, parts, bikes, and people. We aim to create a safe and inclusive space for everyone so before you head over we ask you to take a look at our safer spaces policy.
Some of the essential points:
- Wear shoes that protect your feet;
- Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult;
- Ask a volunteer if you don’t know how to use a tool;
- Ask a mechanic to double check your bike for safety before riding away.
When you come to use the workshop, we ask you to support Broken Spoke’s sustainability with a contribution between £25 and £5 per session (extra donations are always welcome!). Your contribution helps us provide you with guidance from our highly skilled mechanics and volunteers, pay the rent for our central Oxford workshop and generally keep the show on the road. In addition to workshop time your contribution includes the use of lubes, cleaners, gloves, rags, an apron, and access to bike repair literature.
We also have a fully stocked tea and coffee selection and a jar of biscuits available for when your blood sugar level drops or your patience runs out.
If you have been to a drop-in session we welcome your feedback. We’ll read it and take it on board, we really will!