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Winter Repair Workshop – Open Sessions Monthly

November 4th, 2015

Common Cycle will be hosting a open winter repair sessions monthly through March. These will take place on the first Thursday evening of each month. The sessions will be similar to the weekly mobile repair stand at the Sunday Artisan Market in Kerrytown, and provide those interested with access to space (heated!), tools and volunteers as needed.

Outdoor Adventures (“Elbel Building” next to Elbel Field)
336 Hill St.,
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Time: 6-9 PM

The tentative schedule through the winter will include the following Thursday evenings:
11/5
12/3
1/7/16
2/4/16
3/10/16 (delayed by one week due to UM spring break)

Feel free to drop by to get help preparing your bicycle for the upcoming winter splendor, and to keep it rolling until spring. If you have any questions, please email us at info@commoncycle.org.

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Cranksgiving 2015: 11/15, 12-2 PM

November 3rd, 2015

Cranksgiving 2015, which combines cycling and a food/sundry drive in anticipation of several months of high-need, is planned for Sunday, 11/15 from 12-2 PM. Part scavenger hunt, part food drive, part bike ride. Cranksgiving allows the cycling community to give back to the places we ride in.

Navigate the streets of Ann Arbor and the aisles of grocery stores searching for specific food and personal items. Once you’ve found them and made your way through the checkout lines to the finish line, all of your food and personal items will be donated to Food Gatherers and Ozone House!

Bring a bike, a bag or backpack, a lock, and some cash.

Sunday November 15, 2014 from 12-2 PM (shopping lists handed out at 11:45 AM)
Start and finish: Zingerman’s Roadhouse,
2501 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/490726707752291/

 

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Registration is open for the Fall 2015 Repair Course

September 25th, 2015

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 October 13, 2015 and ending on November 17. We will meet in the Outdoor Adventures Rental Building at 336 Hill St from 6:30p.m to 8:30 p.m.

The course is capped at 15 students so that everyone will have some time to do hands-on work. No advance knowledge of bike repair is required, just an interest in learning more. Students may bring in their own bikes which we will diagnose as needed and use for demonstration. Since attendance in the class is limited, students are expected to attend every session. 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:

http://bit.ly/CCFall15

Tentative Schedule:
Week 1  (10/13): Get to know your bike
Week 2 (10/20): Derailleurs
Week 3 (10/27): Brakes
Week 4 (11/3): Wheels
Week 5 (11/10): Headset, Stem, Bars

Week 6 (11/17): BBs, Cranks, Pedals

9/13/2015 MRS – Temporary Location Change

September 11th, 2015

This Sunday, September 13 the Artisan Market will be closed for the annual Kerrytown Bookfest. We will be setting up the Mobile Repair Stand in our alternative location: On the western edge of the Community High School grounds, just across N 5th Ave opposite the Market.

We’ll likely be set up somewhere in this region:
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Hope to see you Sunday. We’ll be back at the normal location within the Market on Sunday 9/20.

MRS @ The Ypsi Parkridge Summer Fest – 8/29

August 18th, 2015

Ypsilanti Parkridge Summer Festival – Saturday, August 29th
How to Perform Basic Bike Repairs & Tune-Ups

Bring your bicycle by to get it working in top shape again. Common Cycle will be bringing out the Mobile Repair Stand from 12 noon until 4pm. The Festival is held at Parkridge Park, Harriet Street and Armstrong Drive (map link: https://goo.gl/maps/tZuyV).

Adjacent to the bike repair station, the City of Non-Motorized Advisory Committee will have a bicycling and walking information station with bicycle maps, bicycle safety handouts and a limited supply of free bicycle helmets, courtesy of the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society (www.aabts.org). Both of the bike repair station and bike/walk information station will be held under a tent in case of rain. For more information visit the Festival’s Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/events/1430111857289420

MRS @ A2 Skillshare, 8/29

August 12th, 2015

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Common Cycle will be setting up the Mobile Repair Stand at the Cool and Green Bike Ideas event at the  August Potluck & SkillShare, sponsored by Ann Arbor Reskilling as part of the 2015 River Hop.

Promoting Resilience Through Community Building and Skill-sharing

Join us for this month’s Reskilling meetup, which will be co-sponsored with the River Hop
(Aug. 29-30www.riverhop.org), including a dance to live music after the skillshares!   

Saturday, August 29th  5–8:30 pm

Northside Community Center
809 Taylor St, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Cool and Green Bike Ideas
Bring your folding bikes, electric bikes, cargo carriers, bad weather gear, etc.—anything you’ve rigged up or purchased to make your bike more useful for getting you and your stuff where you need to go!   Show what you’ve got and/or just ask questions—we’ll learn together on the road to more sustainable transport.  Meet on the grounds outside the Northside Community Center.

5:30 PM Mobile Repair Stand Opens

6:30 PM POTLUCK ~
Bring a dish to pass & washable plate/cup/fork

6-8:00 PM LIVE MUSIC:  “The Switchbacks”!

8/2/2015 MRS – Temporary Location Change

July 29th, 2015

To accommodate the many sprites and fairies who will be taking over Kerrytown at this year’s Fairy Tale Gathering, the Mobile Repair Stand will be setting up on western edge of the Community High School grounds, just across N 5th Ave across from the Market.

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Hope to see you Sunday. We’ll be back at the normal location within the Market on Sunday 8/9.

Bike Labs is (are?) Back!

July 20th, 2015

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Bike Labs, presented by Common Cycle’s own Jonny Lennon, are back this Saturday, July 25. We will be helping out at the University Townhouses Cooperative providing bicycle repair, riding advice and other bicycle-paraphernalia for the residents of the neighborhood.

More information about the Bike Labs program can be found on our Bike Labs page.

Hope to see you there. Cheers!

Spring Update

April 10th, 2015

2015 MRS Launch Banner

MRS Launch: Sunday, April 19, 11 AM – 3 PM
Kerrytown Artisan Market

Weather-permitting, the mobile repair trailers will see sunshine again on Sunday, April 19th in Kerrytown. Dust your sled off.


Ypsi Spring Ride: Sunday May 3rd, 2015, 9 AM – ?

1015 North Congress, Ypsilanti, 9

We’ll be setting up one of the MRS trailers at the start point of the Ypsi Spring ride this year to support the riders. Details and schedule available on the BikeYpsi website.

Bike-to-Work Day: Friday, May 15, 7 AM – 10 AM

Hanover Park (at intersection of Packard and S. Division)

Roos Roast and CC will be serving up caffeinated drinks, an array of snacks and assistance with any mechanical hiccups during your commute. More details (including all of the Bike to Work Day stations) here: getDowntown.


[Volunteers Needed] Healthy Kids Day: May 16, 10 AM – 2 PM

Estabrook Elementary School, 1555 W. Cross St. Ypsilanti

CC will be assisting the Ann Arbor Y and Safe Kids of Huron Valley with their annual Healthy Kids Day event. We will be on-hand running a bicycle rodeo and bike-wash, giving away some cycling accessories, and helping teach families about safe riding and keeping their bikes running smoothly all year.

We need your help – please get in touch with us if you would be interested in volunteering as a mechanic or would like to help run the rodeo, bike wash or would generally like to share enthusiasm about riding bikes with local children.

Feel free to email us at info@commoncycle.org if you have questions, or are interested in volunteering!

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Registration is open for the Spring Repair Course!

March 10th, 2015

This maintenance course is intended to help train future Common Cycle volunteers by providing some hands-on experience and general knowledge about fixing bicycles. The syllabus is available here.

The course will take place over 6 weeks, on Tuesday evenings starting March 31, 2015 and ending on May 5. We will meet in the Outdoor Adventures Rental Building (“Elbel Building’) at 336 Hill St from 6:30p.m to 8:30 p.m.

The course is capped at 12 students so that everyone will have some time to do hands-on work. No advance knowledge of bike repair is required, just an interest in learning more. Students may bring in their own bikes which we will diagnose as needed and use for demonstration. Since attendance in the class is limited, students are expected to attend every session. All participants are expected to attend at least 2 mobile repair stand events over the Spring/Summer of 2015.

To register, email clark@commoncycle.org to verify that a spot is open. Then you may either donate $25 to Common Cycle or write a 250 word statement about why you would like to take the course.

Schedule Summary:
Week 1  (3/31): Get to know your bike
Week 2 (4/7): Derailleurs
Week 3 (4/14): Brakes
Week 4 (4/21): Wheels [Previously Week 5]
Week 5 (4/28): Headset, Stem, Bars
[Previously Week 4]
Week 6 (5/5): BBs, Cranks, Pedals