indexHard Knox Bikes is a specialty bike shop offering hands-on workshops for the not-so-average rider.  Services and resources support all those who identify as women, people of color, trans and all other gender rebels and allies,  throughout  the East Bay, Ca.

Inspired by Kitty Knox, who in 1895 challenged both race and gender roles in the cycling community, we strive to offer a welcoming space for the diverse communities of folks who ride bikes in the East Bay.  Our goal is to help provide equity through representation within the bicycling industry and inspire others to reach out and educated themselves about their bicycles.  Offering resources and access to bike mechanic information, materials and hands-on instruction for women, people of color and gender rebels is what we do!

By means of hands-on mechanical instruction and safety education, we offer marginalized communities a safe space to learn about their bicycles.  We aim to help usher in more knowledgeable bike riders who ride confidently knowing they can spot and handle minor issues and know when to see a professional.  Bikes don’t have a ‘Check Engine’ light.  With more riders capable of identifying potential mechanical issues before they hit the road, everyone rides safer in the urban metropolis with fewer avoidable accidents.   Hard Knox Bikes offers hands-on mechanic workshops and clinics as well as many other resources.

For more information on Kitty Knox please check out these links:

http://bikeleague.org/content/womens-bike-history-kittie-knox

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/09/29/long-forgotten-bicycling-pioneer-who-broke-race-and-gender-barriers-honored/VAtfz0av4PqeHuHLiOw3sI/story.html

http://www.ipernity.com/doc/285591/34671339

http://www.bicycling.com/culture/tips/we-dare-you-break-the-rules

http://docsskincare.com/kittie-knox-womens-cycling/

https://womanonawheel.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/kittie-knox-1800s-bike-hero/

http://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/posters/5761/

http://everydaybicycling.tumblr.com/image/106376240577

-Picture of Kitty Knox source [https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CTtVl_vXAAABcp0.jpg]