Raindrops are falling now..but soon it will be snowflakes! Make sure you’re ready for the winter by joining us for the 10th Annual Winter Skill Share!
At the Winter Skill Share participants can join in for sessions to learn from and with other femme, transgender, nonbinary, two-spirit, and women cyclists. We will be covering topics such as self-care, choosing a route, handling your bike in wintry weather, and more! Grab a snack and a raffle ticket for a chance to win some goodies, and stick around for the gear swap to snag some new-to-you winter gear. This event is beginner and newbie friendly – come with questions and leave feeling confident!
This event is FREE and open to all FTW (femme, trans nonbinary, two-spirit and women) riders! If you are a cis man who benefits from cis-male privilege, please respect this space and do not attend this event.
Find the event on Facebook here for ongoing updates and more information!
You are welcome to come and go as you please. Here is a tentative schedule for the day:
10:30 – 11am: Sign In and Snacks
11am: Welcome and small group go-arounds
11:30am – 12:30pm: Session 1 (one hour)
Room 1: Bike Maintenance and Bike Set-Up Options
Room 2: Self-Care
12:30pm: BYO Lunch, quick post lunch stretch
1:15 – 2:15pm: Session 2 (one hour)
Room 1: Safety, Handling and Routing
Room 2: What to Wear
2:15 – 3:30pm: Panel Q&A and Community Announcements
3:30 – 4:00pm: Gear Swap
After spending the day learning about the joys of winter biking, you’ll have the chance to score some new and gently used gear to get you where you need to be! The gear swap will include some wonderful items created at our craft event as well as gear and clothing donated by our generous community members. Clear out your closet and bring winter clothing, gear, bike stuff in good condition to share with other femme, transgender, and women cyclists. Nothing to donate? No problem! The Gear Swap is free and everyone is welcome to participate, even if you don’t bring anything to swap. Anything leftover will be donated.
The Winter Skill Share is an annual event that centers the voices and experiences of femme, transgender, and women cyclists. It’s a friendly and supportive space where we share our wisdom and perspective, give away small prizes, swap gear, and inspire each other as we head into the winter biking season. But it’s only possible with the help of volunteers like YOU!
We need day-of volunteers to help set-up, greet participants, time sessions, and more! It’s a fun and easy way to help out our incredible FTW community, and make some new friends along the way. Interested? Sign up here!
This year we are asking participants to bring a non-perishable food item. We will be donating these items to Face to Face and the Franklin Hiawatha Encampment (also known as The Wall of Forgotten Natives) to support people experiencing homelessness and hunger. For more specific asks, check this list for Face to Face and this list for the Franklin Hiawatha encampment.
See ya soon!