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MRS @ A2 Skillshare, 8/29

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015


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., 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

Bring a dish to pass & washable plate/cup/fork

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

Bike Labs is (are?) Back!

Monday, July 20th, 2015


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

Friday, 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 if you have questions, or are interested in volunteering!

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Registration is open for the Spring Repair Course!

Tuesday, 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 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

Monday, 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

Wednesday, 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:

1/8/15 (delayed by 1 week due to holiday)
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


The Cutest Saturday

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

This morning Common Cycle was thrilled to join Jonny Lennon and B3 Bike Repair for a morning of fixing bikes with kids!

Families showed up with bikes that needed work and  bikes to donate, and we taught bike repair basics to visitors of all ages. It was an amazing way to spend Saturday morning – Jon said we helped fix and distribute over 100 kids bikes!

We weren’t the only group helping out either – Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society, Sic Transit Cycles, Bike Ypsi, Safe Kids Huron Valley, and Word of God Community all provided support! The tremendous showing from the  Ann Arbor community made this event incredibly fun!

We took some pictures for everyone to enjoy!

Inaugural Tweed Ride!

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Join us for Ann Arbor’s first tweed ride! We’ll be meeting this Friday, Novermber 11th at 6:00 p.m. the northeast  corner of Kerrytown Farmers Market and riding to Wolverone Brewing Company (@ 2019 W. Stadium). The idea is simple: Wax your mustaches, sew some elbow patches,  don your favorite tweed and corduroy, and hop on your sharpest looking bike! We’ll cruise around, enjoy the crisp fall air and socialize at Wolverine Brew Pub.

Most of all, don’t let your wardrobe stop you from having a good time! See you all there!

Want to read about similar events? Here are some links to sites we liked:

Common Cycle at Earthfest

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Yesterday, Common Cycle was on the Diag all afternoon helping students, faculty and staff fix up their bikes. We hope to see many of you again at the Artisan Market or at Outdoor Adventures! If you want to volunteer, all you need to do is show up! If you are interested in joining our google group to receive email updates, click here.

Photos from the event.

Fall Bike Maintenance Clinics

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Your favorite Common Cycle mechanics will be teaching a bike maintenance class this fall! The class starts next wednesday, Sept. 14, at 6 PM (so sign up now!–scroll down to “bike clinic”) and is a collaboration with UM’s Outdoor Adventures Program. The 5-week series will go something like this:

9/14: Basic care, cleaning, and maintenance

9/21: wheels, tires, tubes, and intro to hubs

9/28: Hubs, Bottom Brackets, and Headsets

10/5: Brakes and Derailleurs

10/12: Cranks/chainrings, Handlebars, stems, shifters, levers

There is a fee: $5 per class, or $20 for the whole shebang, but that money will go towards snacks and beverages for an optional post-or-mid-series bike ride (or other activity, depending on weather and folks’ preferences).

Whether you’ve been working on bikes for a while and want to freshen up, or if you’re just starting to get your hands greasy, or if you think (rightly so) that Eric, Sam, Sandy, Ben, and Molly are super cool and you want to learn everything they know…come on out!

Hope to see you next wednesday!