People

 Photo: Jason McCurry

Photo: Jason McCurry

Beck (Founder)

Receiving her first bicycle when she was 6 years old, Beck has owned a bicycle ever since. Over the years, she has maintained her own bicycles carrying out common bicycle maintenance such as changing worn brake pads and cables; repairing tyre tubes by using puncture kits; cleaning and lubricating the bicycle chain and cassette.

In 2016, finding herself temporarily unemployed and seeking a change of work, Beck decided to explore her interest in bicycle operations by asking the question how does someone become a bicycle mechanic especially as a woman. Desiring to avoid the traditional path of working in sales in a bicycle shop for years (though she had many unsuccessful job trials in bicycle shops) she sought alternate avenues.

This led her to volunteer at community organisations helping to fix and maintain bicycles for the local community and also landing herself a position maintaining the bicycles in the Melbourne Bike Share system. During this time, Beck also applied and was successful in completing the New Enterprise Initiative Scheme (NEIS) that established Wocle as a business model. She also self-funded two separate trips to Brisbane to study and complete level 1 and 2 of professional bicycle mechanic training at the Velo Academy.

Alongside this new journey with Wocle, Beck has maintained her bread-and-butter work and passion in the arts. With a degree in Arts Management under her belt, Beck has 15 years experience in the arts, culture and community sectors and channels this creativity into Wocle. Beck is currently working part time at RMIT University in Student Life supporting students bring their extracurricular creative projects to life.

What started as naive curiosity and questioning around bicycle mechanics has rapidly changed into a drive and commitment to create a employment platform for women to learn and work in the bicycle service industry.

Her bicycle work experience to date includes:

  • 2016 - present Wocle pop-up servicing and maintenance workshops

  • 2017 - present Volunteer Community bicycle mechanic at WeCycle

  • 2016 - 2017 New Enterprise Initiative Scheme, Certificate III Micro Business Operations

  • 2016 - 2017 Street team, Melbourne Bike Share

  • 2016 - 2017 Community bicycle mechanic at North Melbourne Community Centre

  • 2016 Velo Academy - professional bicycle mechanics Level 1 and 2

Dani

Dani

Dani brings a down to earth passion and enthusiasm for bicycles and the commuter lifestyle. With close to 3 years experience in basic to intermediate bicycle repairs and delivering workshops and working in a bicycle shop, Dani enjoys sharing her knowledge and ensuring you walk away with a safe and efficient bicycle.

Dani's bicycle work experience to date includes:

  • 2016 - present Wocle pop-up servicing and maintenance workshops

  • 2017 - present Volunteer Community bicycle mechanic at WeCycle

  • 2015 - 2017 Bike shop attendant and bicycle mechanic trainee at Melbourne bike store

  • 2015 - 2017 Community bicycle mechanic at North Melbourne Community Centre