The Bristol Bike Project has been going strong for years now and I love the idea of their women only nights.
Every Monday from 6-9pm there is a session where women can work on bikes without having a bunch of men looking over their shoulders and muscling in to remove stuck bottom brackets as their rippling biceps tear through their shirts.
“…it is important to be able to fix your own bike and not to have to rely on favours of male friends or the often quite expensive bike shops. The knowledge of mechanics has been historically gendered and segregated – that is, men (and boys) are encouraged to pursue technical and mechanical activities while women (and girls) are discouraged. As such, women are often seen as unable to use tools and hence not trusted to use them.
I can’t think of anything more attractive than a woman who would just flip her bike over and get right to work when something goes wrong. I think that may be sexist, I’m not sure, but I’m sticking to it.
For more info on the Women’s Night at The Bristol Bike Project head over to their website.