The Bike Kitchen operates on the fishing principle: give a man a bike, he rides for a day; teach a man to repair his bike, and he rides for a lifetime. But the truly awesome thing about this do-it-yourself repair co-op is that it's not just the men doing the repairing. Since its inception in 2003, the Kitchen has made it a point to include women, transfolks, genderqueer peoples, and others who've traditionally been kept away from grease-monkeying in its egalitarian approach to free-wheelin'. A $5-per-day or $40-per-year membership gets you full access to tools and parts, along with lower prices for classes. Tonight, the Kitchen celebrates with a 5-Year Anniversary Benefit Party that'll help fund its move to new digs this winter. With music from Geographer, Excuses for Skipping, Maldextra, and Argentina; mechanics competitions; and $1 drinks, this is an event to unite spokes people of all kinds.
Mon., Sept. 29, 8 p.m., 2008