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Open Workshops – Winter 2016/2017

November 3rd, 2016

Common Cycle will be hosting open repair sessions through March, taking place roughly twice per month at the same time as our traditional Mobile Repair Stand. The sessions will be similar to our weekly mobile repair stand at the Sunday Artisan Market, and provide those interested with access to warm, dry space, tools and volunteer help as needed.

The schedule will include the following Sundays:

Nov: 11/13
Dec: 12/4 & 12/18
Jan: 1/8 & 1/22
Feb: 2/5 & 2/19
Mar**: 3/12 & 3/26

Location and Time:

Outdoor Adventures (“Elbel Building” next to Elbel Field)
336 Hill St,
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Time: 11 AM-3 PM

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

**sessions pushed back by one week due to UM spring break

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Cranksgiving 2016: 11/20, 12-2 PM

November 9th, 2016

Part scavenger hunt, part food drive, part bike ride. Cranksgiving allows the cycling community to give back to the places where we ride.

Facebook Event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1293357107341701/

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, EMU’s Swoops Food Pantry, and Ozone House!

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

Sunday November 20, 2016 from 12-2 PM
Start and finish in front of Zingerman’s Roadhouse
2501 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Grocery lists will be handed out at 11:45 and the ride will begin at 12:00 PM

There will be an after-party at Wolverine State Brewing Co. (2019 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103). Prizes will be handed out and you will be able to purchase food and drinks.

Cranksgiving 2016

10/30 – Last MRS of the Season

October 29th, 2016

10/30 weather update, 10:45 AM: It appears the rain is tapering off, we will haul up to Kerrytown for today’s repair stand. Hope to see you there.
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Our last Sunday Mobile Repair stand of the season is taking place on Sunday, 10/30/2016 from 11 AM – 3 PM at the Kerrytown Artisan Market**.

We’re also planning to hold open repair sessions with some frequency throughout the winter months; stay tuned for details.

October 16 MRS Location Change

October 16th, 2016

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!

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(Launching) Common Cycle Women’s Focused Events!

October 3rd, 2016

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 ccwomensprograms@gmail.com.  We’ll post more information on topics and other rides or events as they come together.

Thanks!

Registration Open – Fall 2016 Repair Course

September 15th, 2016

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/mqa0hMBDFsbSafsf2

Applications close Friday, September 30th or when the class is full. Please respond or email info@commoncycle.org 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

Ride well!

9/11 Mobile Repair Stand

September 8th, 2016

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.

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 9/18.

Back Alley Bikes / The Hub of Detroit – A Call for Help

August 23rd, 2016

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:
https://www.facebook.com/thehubofdetroit/

BAB’s “Our Story” Page:
http://thehubofdetroit.org/our-story/

If you can, please consider pledging your support and/or spreading the word to others who may not already be aware.

 

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8/4 Mobile Repair Stand

August 5th, 2016

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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.

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Women’s Focused Programming

August 3rd, 2016
In an effort to strengthen community and increase the presence of women within the organization, we are hoping to start up some women’s-focused programming within Common Cycle.This announcement is an initial poll to see who might be interested in being involved with a class/clinic/drop-in night.  The details are yet to be determined (so the input of any potential participants is more than welcome!).We are planning on having an initial get together soon to hang out and talk about what people are interested in. If you are interested in being involved (in planning, as a participant, or both), send us an email at jaysreddy@gmail.com to let us know.  We are hoping to gauge interest to see what would be most relevant.The program and space is intentionally set up to be welcoming to trans women, and gender non-conforming folks.  Please let us know if you have any questions, ideas, or concerns.  We are really excited – please get in touch!