Hello there, bike riders! On behalf of B!KE, I would like to say welcome back to school, and if you’re new here, welcome to the Trent community. We get beautiful Fall weather around here, which makes September an ideal time to get out and explore the campus and community by bike. If you’re looking for a fun, efficient, and healthy way to travel to and from campus, look no further! Cycling is an excellent way to travel around our community, and B!KE is here to get you started on your bike-commuting journey.
If you need some support, or gear to get started as a cyclist at Trent, if you want to connect with fellow bike enthusiasts, or if you’re looking for the coolest place to volunteer, B!KE is the perfect resource for you. B!KE: The Peterborough Community Cycling Hub, is Peterborough’s own do-it-yourself bike shop.
We are a not-for-profit organization, and we are generously supported through a student levy at Trent. We operate a main shop downtown and a sister shop right here at Trent, and we have the programs and resources you need to get you on two wheels. Here is a snapshot of what we do: Open Shop is a space for community members to learn how to repair and maintain their own bike. With the friendly guidance of one of our volunteers or staff members, we can help you learn how to repair any problem, big or small.
At Open Shop, we strive to maintain an open, inclusive, and fun learning environment for all shop members. We also sell refurbished bikes, accessories, and bike parts during Open Shop. Open Shop runs Sunday 2:00PM-6:00PM, and Monday-Wednesday 2:00-8:00PM at our main shop, which is located downtown at 336 Rubidge Street. Students get a discounted shop membership rate, which is just $25 for a full year of shop access.
B!KE @ Trent is our sister shop and mobile repair station on campus. The B!KE @ Trent shop is located in the Alumni House behind Champlain College. You can also look for mobile bike repair pop-ups on the Bata Podium throughout the fall months. Come visit us at TCSA Clubs and Groups Day for more info about B!KE @ Trent. B!KE will also be joining the TCSA vendor week for a back to school B!KE sale.
On Wednesday, September 9, we will be on the Bata Podium selling bicycles, accessories, and student shop memberships. We will be there from 9:00AM-5:00PM, so be sure to stop by and say hello! Lastly, Volunteer Build Night is the coolest place to volunteer in town! Build Night is a volunteer-only space, where new and experienced volunteers can work together to refurbish bikes for the shop, brush up on mechanical skills, and hang out at B!KE.
Build Night runs on Thursday nights from 4:00-7:00 at our main shop. Email [email protected] to sign up for Build Night. No previous experience is necessary. No matter which of these ways you choose to get involved, we look forward to an excellent year of cycling with you! For more details on the shop or our programs, visit www.communitybikeshop.org
Good luck with the beginning of term, and if you need to de-stress with some bike nerds, you know where to find us!