Winnipeggers are invited to dust off their bikes and get geared up for summer at Mountain Equipment Co-op’s dynamic day of celebrating all things cycling:
5th Annual MEC BikeFest
The Forks Market Plaza
Saturday, June 15th / 12:00pm to 5:00pm
All events are free!
Here are some of the activities you can do there:
Tune-Ups & Test Rides: Get your bike in tip top shape with a free basic tune-up (first come, first served). You can also test ride and try out MEC bikes.
FYOB (Fix Your Own Bike!): Take advantage of the stands and tools available, roll up your sleeves, and fix your own bike with the assistance of professional bike mechanics.
Care & Repair Clinics: Local community bike shops will offer clinics, with topics including fixing flats, chain maintenance, adjusting brakes, and more. The bike fitting clinic will ensure your bike fits you perfectly.
Health Clinic: Not only can you get your bike tuned-up at BikeFest, but you can also learn about tuning up your body. The Center for Natural Medicine will provide a clinic on diet and nutrition to help guide you into peak cycling form.
Bike Decorating: Art City will provide decorating stations for kids ages 3+, and also the young at heart, who’d like to add some bling to their bike.
Obstacle Course: Kids can try their two-wheeling skills at the bicycle obstacle course, run by MEC Kids of Mud.
MEC Photo Booth & Photo Contest: Get your picture taken with your bike, and be entered to win great prizes in several categories.
Group Rides: Bring your mountain bike and take part in one or both of the afternoon group rides – Whittier Park (15-20km) and City Cruise (15-20km).
Gear Swap: The ever-popular gear swap is back, where you can buy, sell or trade used bikes, cycling clothes or bike accessories. Interested sellers should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shopping: Visit the MEC Marketplace to purchase cycling products and accessories, and other outdoor items. Natural Cycle, Bikes and Beyond and Alter Ego will also have mini-stores onsite.
Trials Demos: Peg City Trials will be on hand to demonstrate thrilling trials by local riders. These extreme enthusiasts make a sport out of riding over, around, and through obstacles.
Live Music: Enjoy concerts on the main stage underneath the canopy, provided by the Park Theatre, with performances by:
Socially Inept 12:00pm
Choplogic Band 12:25pm
Sons of York 12:50pm
Those Guys 1:20pm
Charlee Bravo 1:50pm
Kieran West & Buffalo 2:30pm
Sebastian Owl 3:00pm
The Almighty Rhombus 3:30pm
Animal Teeth 4:00pm
Indicator Indicator 4:30pm
Bicycle Valet Service: Bike to the Future is offering a bicycle valet service. Riders can leave their bikes in a secured parking lot, rather than locking it up unattended.
Prizes: All day long there will be draws and prizes, including a tool box filled with bike tools, a TimBuk2 bike messenger bag, and more.