Bikewrights is serious about making unique and amazing vehicles that will make you wonder why you ever owned a car in the first place. We take pride in the bike trailers and cargo bikes we produce, and are always ready to tackle unique design challenges (a.k.a. how do I carry two wine barrels on my bike?).
We have worked closely with several small startup businesses in Halifax, helping them figure out how to get their company off the ground without having to spend big money on a car. Take a look at some of our projects, below, to see some of what we can do.
what's he building in there?
One that constructs or repairs something. Often used in combination (a playwright; a shipwright, a millwright).
A bike constructor and repairer
We live and breathe bikes, whether we are building a new one or repairing an old one.
We offer a full range of services including bike repair, frame welding, and design services.
We offer bike trailer, cargo bike, and human powered vehicle design services. Through a collaborative process, we evaluate your needs and create a custom design that will ensure you get exactly what you need to take your biking to the next level.
Ever since we started raiding Dad's toolbox in junior high, we've been fixing bikes. We specialize in fixing the bikes that most shops refuse to fix - usually older models that "aren't worth fixing". We have an account with Shimano, and can order in parts just like a "real" bike shop.
This is what separates us from the rest of the bike shops - we can weld! We currently have the capacity to transform bikes into cargo bikes, and build bike trailers from scratch. We are capable of welding just about any type of metal, thanks to our MIG and TIG welding machines.
miscellaneous bike repairs
$20 / hr
complete bike overhaul
custom bike trailers
cargo bike conversion
“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.”
Bikewrights was born of a simple philosophy; "giving people alternatives to car culture". We strive to embody this philosophy by providing people with a means to use their own body power to meet their everyday transport needs through cargo cycling. This means offering folks a way to commute, run errands, or even run their business without needing a car. It means being able to sit down with someone and determine the best way to fulfill their cargo cycling dreams.
We trace our origins back to a series of bike trailer building workshops that we helped host in Halifax in 2011 and 2012. We worked with community organizers and cycling enthusiasts to produce 18 trailers over those two summers, and learned a thing or two about what makes a bike trailer tick. These amazing experiences opened our eyes to the fact that cargo cycling has the potential to be huge in Halifax.
We got very excited.
In the fall of 2012, Bikewrights was born. We cleared out some space in Alley Cat's Bike Shop in Halifax's North End, and began work on our first bike trailer.
Tom MacDonald is a mechanical engineer and human powered vehicle designer and builder. Tom coordinates the Halifax Bike Trailer Share project of the Ecology Action Centre.
Also known as DJ Critical Mash, Tom can be spotted riding around the streets of Halifax towing his bike trailer sound system blasting afro beats and hip hop.
Alex Tremblay is a professional bike mechanic and cargo cycling designer and builder. He runs Alley Cat's Bike Shop, specializing in sales, maintenance, and repair of used bikes.
Alex has been passionate about cycling culture throughout his entire life, and one day aspires to be the engineer and locomotive of a bike trailer train.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. - Einstein