The WRENCH is the largest and best equipped community bike shop in western Canada, driven by their vision of a world where everyone is empowered to experience their community by bicycle.
As a registered charity The WRENCH is an international leader in community bike programming and uses volunteer labour and bike parts reclaimed from the waste stream to create community bike programs aimed at educating youth, empowering volunteers, and providing people with affordable, sustainable active transportation.
Strong advocates for re-imagining cities at a more human scale, they promote the benefits of community involvement, education, and resources by removing barriers to building, repairing and maintaining bicycles. In 2019 alone they saved 7000kg (more than 15000 lbs) of bikes and bike components from landfills and that allowed them to provide 560 bikes for kids in need.
Long time bike enthusiast and WRENCH volunteer Odile has talked about the charity in the past to us her co-workers, but the donation pictured above was the result of Laith (our General Manager) discovering the charity and making a donation himself (and picking up a couple of sweet bikes for the family!). After a side mention of it to one of our partners, it allowed Industrial Truck Service to double down on that original donation. Discovering a WRENCH volunteer among our staff, Laith and Odile went on a cross-town road trip to present the cheque to Geoff, WRENCH's Educational Director.
Currently closed due to the ongoing COVID19 response, The WRENCH aims to reopen by July. In the meantime: ride safe everybody!