We’re going to be setting up inside UM Outdoor Adventures today instead of Kerrytown, due to rain. We will run an open workshop from 11 to 1 at least. Same as the usual Mobile Repair Stand, except dry!
In an effort to build community, increase access to knowledge around bicycle repair, and to support more gender diversity within the cycling community and within Common Cycle, we will be hosting women’s-focused bike community events, at Outdoor Adventures (336 Hill St, at the corner of Hill and Division). Of course, we welcome trans women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folks to attend. Our tentative schedule for the fall is to hold sessions on:
October 11th, 6-8 PM
November 15th, 6-8 PM
December 13th, 6-8 PM
If you have any questions, or would like to be added to the mailing list to receive updates and announcements about women’s focused events, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll post more information on topics and other rides or events as they come together.
Common Cycle’s Six-Week Fall Maintenance Class will begin Thursday, October 13th and run on six consecutive Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 in Ann Arbor, concluding on November 17th. Classes will be held at UM Outdoor Adventures Center, 336 Hill St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
We cover a range of repair and maintenance from basic (e.g. tube change, brake adjustment) to advanced (e.g. hub overhaul, wheel truing). Please fill out the linked application if you would like to attend. Please note that this class is capped at 15 people. If selected, we expect participants will attend all 6 sessions and all participants are expected to attend at least 2 mobile repair stand or other events over the following 12 months.
Apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/
Applications close Friday, September 30th or when the class is full. Please respond or email email@example.com with questions.
Tentative Course Schedule:
Week 1 (10/13): Get to know your bike Week 2 (10/20): Derailleurs Week 3 (10/27): Brakes Week 4 (11/03): Wheels Week 5 (11/10): Headset, Stem, Bars Week 6 (11/17): BBs, Cranks, Pedals
Temporary Location Change
This Sunday, September 11 the Artisan Market will be closed for the annual Kerrytown Bookfest. We will be setting up the Mobile Repair Stand in our second alternative location: On the western edge of the Community High School grounds, just across N 5th Ave opposite the Market.
Hope to see you Sunday. We’ll be back at the normal location within the Market on Sunday 9/18.
Our friends at Back Alley Bikes / The Hub of Detroit are apparently in danger of shutting down due to some significant interruption to their operational funding and recent staff turnover. It appears they’ve been trying to raise funds for the last month or two, but are well short of their goal of $6K.
Their crowdfunding campaign: https://www.crowdrise.com/keep-back-alley-bikes-open-and-free-for-youth
On behalf of the Common Cycle board, we feel that Back Alley is a critical part of the bicycling community in southeast MI, not only for the good work they do, but for the fact that they’ve been around for eight years and are very much an established resource for people in need in Detroit/Wayne Co. Any risk to their ability to continue their work is a big deal.
Some announcements on their Facebook page:
BAB’s “Our Story” Page:
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To keep the Artisan Market clear for its annual Fairy Day this Sunday, we will be setting up in one of our alternative locations on the concrete “island” on the eastern edge of the Farmer’s Market, near the intersection of Detroit and 5th (see below). Hope to see you there.
MRS Launch – Sunday, April 17th
Weather-permitting, our weekly Mobile Repair Stand at the Kerrytown Artisan Market will be launching on on Sunday, 4/17. After some early-April sleet the 17th is forecast to hit the middling digits. Show your bike some sun and drop by, if you can.
Upcoming Events + Volunteer Opportunities:
Weekly Mobile Repair Stand, Sundays, 11 AM – 3 PM
Healthy Kids Day, Saturday, May 14, 10 AM – 1 PM, Estabrook Elementary, Ypsilanti
Bike to Work Day Commuter Station, Friday, May 20, 7-10 AM, Hanover Square Park, Ann Arbor
Bike Rodeo, Friday, May 20, 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Thurston Elementary School, Ann Arbor
We will soon be sending out calls for volunteers for each of these events. If you’d like to lend a hand or join our mailing list, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mechanical experience is very much optional, and events such as these are excellent ways to apply your maintenance skills, particularly if you’re just starting out.
An announcement from our friends from the UM Student Sustainability Initiative:
As spring rapidly approaches, it’s time to start thinking about getting your bicycle ready to ride! Thankfully for MCard holders, the University of Michigan Student Sustainability Initiative has funded a project to place bike pumps in the Shapiro, Hatcher, and Duderstadt Libraries on campus. If you find your tires low on air, head to your closest library to use an air pump for your tires. You can check it out for up to four hours, or simply step outside and pump your tires at the library. Instructional flyers will be provided, so even if you’re a tire-pumping novice, have no fear!
The program starts on Monday, March 28, 2016.
For more information about cycling on campus, please see the Parking and Transportation website. (https://pts.umich.edu/alt-trans/bicycle-basics.php)
For information about renting bicycles from the University of Michigan (MCard required), look to the Rec Sports Outdoor Adventures center (https://recsports.umich.edu/bluebikes). Also check out Arbor Bike (http://arborbike.org/) to learn about A2’s bike sharing program.
This maintenance/repair course is intended to help train future Common Cycle volunteers by providing some hands on experience and general knowledge about fixing bicycles and assisting people who come to our mobile repair stand. The syllabus is available here.
The course will take place over 6 weeks, on Tuesday evenings starting March 22 and ending April 26. We will meet in the Outdoor Adventures Rental Building (“Elbel Building”) at 336 Hill St from 6:30p.m to 8:30 p.m.
We cover a range of repair and maintenance from basic (e.g. tube change, brake adjustment) to advanced (e.g. hub overhaul, wheel truing). Please fill out the linked application if you would like to attend. Please note that this class is capped at 15 people. If selected, we expect participants will attend all 6 sessions and all participants are expected to attend at least 2 mobile repair stand events over the Spring/Summer of 2016.
To apply for a slot, please complete the form via the link below:
Week 1 (3/22): Get to know your bike
Week 2 (3/29): Derailleurs
Week 3 (4/5): Brakes
Week 4 (4/12): Wheels
Week 5 (4/19): Headset, Stem, Bars
Week 6 (4/26): BBs, Cranks, Pedals