Common Cycle’s biannual maintenance courses are intended to help train future volunteers and community members by providing hands-on experience and general knowledge about fixing bicycles and assisting people who come to our mobile repair stand.
Common Cycle’s Fall 2017 Maintenance Class will begin Wednesday, October 11th and run on 6 consecutive Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 in Ann Arbor, concluding on November 15th. Classes will be held at U-M Outdoor Adventures Center, 336 Hill St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. We cover a range of repair and maintenance from basic (e.g. tube change, brake adjustment) to advanced (e.g. hub overhaul, wheel truing).
The course is capped at 15 students so that everyone will have some time and space 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.
Although this is a low/no-cost course, we ask you to respect the large amount of volunteer work that goes into facilitating and teaching the course. If you are enrolled, we expect you to attend the majority of sessions or make clear in your application if you will not able to attend some sessions. If selected, we expect participants to volunteer at at least two Common Cycle events over the subsequent 12 months.
Application link: https://goo.gl/forms/CmKFGZl0NY78XL722
Applications close Sunday, October 1st. Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Temporary Location Change (Sunday, September 10 Only)
This Sunday, September 10 the Artisan Market will be closed for the annual Kerrytown Bookfest. We will be setting up the Mobile Repair Stand in one of our alternative locations: 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:
We’ll be back wrenching on bikes at the normal location within the Market on Sunday 9/17.
A note from our friends at Adventure Leadership, who rent outdoor equipment to UM students, employees and the general public.
Their Blue Bikes program has bicycles available for daily, weekend and semester rentals. Rates are $12 for the first day and $5 for each additional day; $85 for the semester. A two-month (half-semester) option is available upon request.
The bikes are available at Adventure Leadership, 336 Hill St., Ann Arbor (next to Elbel Field).
Weather-permitting, our Mobile Repair Stand will resume weekly service alongside our friends at the Sunday Artisan Market on Sunday, 4/2 from 11 AM-3 PM. As always, workstands, tools and a cadre of volunteer mechanics will be available to help ensure your bicycle is ready for the 2017 riding season.
If drizzly or sub-50ºF, we will host open hours at our offsite location at Outdoor Adventures (“Elbel Building”) on 336 Hill St.
If you have any questions, feel free to send a note to email@example.com; if you’d like to help us teach folks to work on their bikes this year, please fill out the short form at the top of this page.