Archive for the ‘Updates’ Category

OA workshops on hold for the holidays

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Our regular workshops at OA will be suspended through the holiday season and begin again in early January. Save up some energy and enthusiasm over the break so we can get to work restoring bikes in the new year!

We’re now accepting donations!

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Common Cycle is now accepting bicycle donations to restore over the winter at our OA workshops. These bikes will be given a new life as commuters around Ann Arbor, either sold as a CC fundraiser or used in a pilot bike sharing program! They’ll also be great  project for novice mechanics who wish to hone their skills in the off-season. Donations will be handled through the Jackson Rd location of Two Wheel Tango; please call them  at 734.769.8401 if you are interested in donating a bike. Thanks to Jimmy and Dennis at TWT for their support!

Common Cycle MRS 10/16/11

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

There was some uncertainty last week whether or not we’d have enough volunteers to run the MRS on Sunday, but we do! Thanks to those who volunteered and we’ll see you there, from 11 -3 !

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.

MRS Update

Monday, September 5th, 2011

It’s been a long while since we’ve updated, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been hard at work!  Every Sunday we’ve been at the Artisan Market teaching Ann Arbor how to repair bikes. We’ve helped overhaul bottom brackets, true wheels, and replace tons of cables and housing.

Piet helps install a front brake.

This week, Piet helped one  industrious fellow replace his front brake (above) . By the time he  left, he trued the wheels and had  two working brakes!

Every once and a while, a really unique bike stops by the MRS. This Schwinn Suburban came by needing a new spoke in its rear wheel.

Schwinn Suburban (c. 1975)

It came from an era when Shimano was pushing their front freewheel system for city bikes; having the freewheel in the front allows you to shift gears while coasting. This wacky set-up never caught on. You can read all about it on Wikipedia.

A front freewheel!

We also helped replace a chain, but the drive train was so worn out the the new chain skipped so much that it was hardly rideable. Let that be a lesson – Replace you chain before it wrecks your chainrings!

At the end of the day, Bill and Ben loaded up the trailers and hauled the MRS home. See you next week!

All Aboard!
Bill and two loaded trailers.

So much stuff, so little time!

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Despite the paucity of posts, we’ve been up to TONS of stuff lately!  The shirts are in, the stickers made, the spoke cards laminated, the custom engraved bottle openers have been machined, and we’ve got new trailers and tools.  Phew!  The mobile repair stand has been rockin’ hard with all of our new gear, sheltered by our second tent, and the new trailers are fantastic.  We can’t say enough great things about all of our Kickstarter donors, Kickstarter itself, and all of our volunteers.  We CAN say that all of your prizes are in the mail and should be arriving soon.  Thank you all so much!

We’re planning on next Sunday, the 24th being the last Mobile Repair Stand for the fall, but will still be available for special events.  Don’t worry, we’ll be busting out the tools and tents next Spring!  Also, we’re working to get some workshops rolling through the winter.  If there is anything in particular you want, please let us know by sending an email to info@commoncycle.org.

Some of the other events we’ve been involved in lately have been the DIY day at Vineyard Church, the homegrown festival, and we even sent some racers out to the Dorais Park Thunderdrome who took silver in the road and mountain races, as well as a bronze in road!  Hopefully we see you next Sunday at the stand.  We can get your bike ready for Night of The Living Tread (8pm on the Diag, October 30th), and ensure you’re set for a happy fall and winter of commuting on your bike.  Now get out there and enjoy this beautiful fall!

Shirts are in

Friday, October 8th, 2010

new shirts!

I bet you thought we’d forgotten to send you the prizes you won from our Kickstarter, huh?!  Don’t worry, they’re on their way- we just got a little delayed with minor hiccups like llamas.

Kickstarter Success bring work for commoners

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Today Eric, Steve, and Bill got to work fabricating the recycled bicycle part art for the people that asked for them as a part of their Kickstarter donation.

Grinding, drilling, and tapping were all a part of the fun of the evening and we managed to make one third of the items needed.  Have a look:

Common Cycle in the News!

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Yesterday Common Cycle was featured in our local (mostly online) newspaper, AnnArbor.com. It’s a nice little piece that talks about why we’re doing what we’re doing, and conveniently includes a link to our Kickstarter fundraiser right there at the end. Check it out.

Kickstarter Started!

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

The mobile repair stand has been hugely successful: we love it, and you’ve been telling us you love it, so we’re raising the funds to make it a permanent fixture in our community.  This morning we kicked off our first big fundraiser over at Kickstarter.com.  Kickstarter is a super cool, all-or-nothing way to fund creative projects and we’re very excited that our mobile repair fundraiser was accepted.  So click here to check out the fundraiser, and thank you so much for your support!