This fall we’ll be teaching a bike repair and maintenance course hosted by our friends at Outdoor Adventure. You’ll get to know you bike from rear drop-outs to fork! Courses will run from 7p.m. – 9p.m. at the Outdoor Adventures rental space (336 Hill) and be taught by knowledgable CC volunteers and mechanics from local shops! There will be 6 sessions which will run from October 25th – December 6th, with a break for Thanksgiving.
Registration is now full. We will likely be offering another course in the spring, so stay tuned!
Week 1 (10/25/12): Get to know your bike
General bike maintenance
Oil a chain
Talk about bike fit
Fix a flat
Week 2 (11/01/12): Derailleurs
How to adjust a drivetrain
derailleur position (front)
how to diagnose shifting problems
Briefly cover different types of shifters and how they work
Week 3 (11/08/12): Brakes
Discuss pros and cons of different types of brakes
How to adjust calipers
How to adjust vbrakes and cantis
How to adjust disk brakes
How to recable properly (brakes and shifters)
different types of housing
Week 4 (11/15/12): Headset, Stem, Bars
Headset anatomy (first set of bearing in the class)
Overhaul threadless headset
Overhaul threaded headset
Discuss quill and threadless stem
I want my handlebars higher/lower and I have a quill/threadless stem. What are my options
Fixing your bike is cool and so are shared resources! Common Cycle was part of a recently awarded Planet Blue Student Initiative Fund to install a Fixit stand and two Cyclehoop outdoor bike pumps. The Fixit Stand will be at the Central Campus Transit Center and a pump will be on Central and North campuses.
Read more about Fixit stands here and more about the pumps here.
Once they’re installed, Common Cycle will bring our Mobile Repair Stand out to the Central Campus Transit Center and teach folks how to use all these awesome new tools!
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!
Here at Common Cycle we’re all about fostering bike love. If you received a spoke card valentine today, it’s our way of saying that we love that you’re riding your bike all year round and we’d love to get to know you.
We provide free access to tools, education and other resources to make biking in Ann Arbor great. So, read about what we do, like us on Facebook or sign up for our Google group.
If you ever need help with your bike, we’ll be there – either at Outdoor Adventures this winter or at the Artisan market in the summer.
If you love working on bikes or you’ve always wanted to learn, come volunteer and we’ll share our knowledge and learn from you!
OA workshops have been back in action for a few weeks now and tonight we’re getting together at our usual time to discuss plans for Common Cycle’s upcoming project. Please join us at 7p.m. at the Outdoor Adventures Building!
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!
Common Cycle is meeting this week with the AADL to develop our plan to place a fleet of restored bikes at the library for patrons to check out.
This past week we submitted an Idea to the GOOD 100 Challenge, which could provide $1000 to use as we restore the bikes this winter. The money would go towards cables, housing, brake pads, cassettes; anything we couldn’t scavenge from other bikes as our volunteers get the bikes into safe riding condition for the library.
The grant is awarded to the idea with the most votes. If you support this idea and know other who will, please vote for us and help us get the word out! Voting closes this Thursday, the 15th. Thanks for your support and your help!
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!
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: