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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): Headset, Stem, Bars
Week 5 (4/28): Wheels
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!

Common Cycle returns to SELMA this Friday

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

We’re excited to set up our Mobile Repair Stand at the SELMA Cafe again this Friday morning, June 24th. We always have fun at SELMA. Last time Eric met a llama. Bring your bike and your appetite!

SELMA Nametags

Photo by Myra Klarman

May 20th: Bike to Work Day

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Bike to Work Day (Friday May 20, 2011) is sort of a bicycle holiday – it’s a chance for all of us that commute to work by bike to recognize each other as a team. It doesn’t matter if you bike to your job each day, or once a week, or if you’re just starting – Bike to Work Day is a celebration that we’re out there, enjoying the air and our legs and our bicycles. This year, Nancy Shore at getDowntown has organized some amazing events and rewards for cyclists. Here is a list of the events.

Common Cycle will be hosting a bike commuting station Friday morning (7-9am) at Division + Packard, across the street from Blimpy Burger. We’ll be there with our Mobile Repair Stand, some snacks, coffee from the Roos Roast Coffee Trike, and a bunch of smiling faces reminding you that biking to work is possibly the coolest thing in the world. Come say hi.

The Sunday Repair Stand Is Back!

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Oh yes, indeed, we are re-opening the Repair Stand at the Ann Arbor Sunday Artisan Market. In case you missed it last year, every Sunday from April through October, Common Cycle sets up a couple of tents, bike stands, and tools and teaches Ann Arbor how to fix and maintain its bikes. For free. So, at no cost, you get to a) learn stuff, b) fix your bike, c) have fun, and d) meet awesome people. The only catch is that you’re gonna have to get dirty, but that’s half the fun. See you in Kerrytown on Sunday!

When: Sunday April 17th, 11am – 3pm

Where: Kerrytown: Artisan Market

Bring: your bike, your hands

And, if you’d like to volunteer to help out, fill out the form.