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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.

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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!

MRS Launch & Spring 2016

April 8th, 2016

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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 info@commoncycle.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.

Pumps Available at Three UM Libraries

March 23rd, 2016

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.

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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.

Registration is Open for the 2016 Spring Repair Course

February 27th, 2016

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:

http://goo.gl/forms/GhNB3xqK4z

Tentative Schedule:
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

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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