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by providing access to education, workspace, and resources.

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.

We’ll likely be set up somewhere in this region:August2

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

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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

Winter Repair Workshop – March Date Revised

February 16th, 2015

So as not to conflict with the University of Michigan’s spring break, the final winter repair workshop of the season will now take place on Thursday, March 12 from 6-9 PM at Outdoor Adventures, a delay of one week.

Hope to see you there.

Winter Repair Workshop Launch

November 12th, 2014

Common Cycle will be hosting a monthly repair workshop through March. These will be similar to the Mobile Repair sessions at the Sunday Artisans 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

Workshops will take place on the next two Thursday evenings, then the first Thursday of each month thereafter, all from 6-9 PM. The tentative schedule through the winter will include the following dates:

11/13
11/20
12/4
1/8/15 (delayed by 1 week due to holiday)
2/5/15
3/5/15 3/12/15 (delayed by 1 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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Registration is open for the Fall Maintenance Course!

September 27th, 2014

The 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 Thursday evenings starting 10/2/2014 and ending on 11/6/2014. 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 12 students so that everyone will have some time to do hands-on work.  Students may bring in their own bikes which we will diagnose as needed and use for demonstration.  No advance knowledge of bike repair is required, just an interest in learning more.

Registration is limited to people who can 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.

Bicycle Repair Day at Recreation Park

September 27th, 2014

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MRS Cancelled July 6th

July 6th, 2014

We’ve decided to cancel this week’s MRS due to busy volunteers. We’ll be back next week (and this Thursday at the yellow barn for a2reskilling)!

Adams Academy: Bike Rodeo and Repair Day!

May 8th, 2014

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