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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 – 2 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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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.