Winter 2017-2018 Open Repair Sessions

Seasonal transition is upon us, and the 2017 season for the Mobile Repair Stand has ended (typically, April-October). On the first Sunday of each month from December-March, we’ll be hosting open repair sessions from 11AM-3PM to help keep you rolling. Details –

Location
Adventure Leadership Rental Center (formerly Outdoor Adventures)
336 Hill St
48103
(“Elbel Building” at corner of Hill and Division; entrance at rear)

Time
11AM-3PM

Dates [First Sunday, December-March]
December 3, 2017
January 7, 2018
February 4, 2018
March 4, 2018

Feel free to drop by to work on a winter project, or seek help from our volunteer mechanics.

2017 Mobile Repair Stand Launch

Sunday, 4/2/2017

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.

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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 info@commoncycle.org; 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.

(Launching) Common Cycle Women’s Focused Events!

In an effort to build community, increase access to knowledge around bicycle repair, and to support more gender diversity within the cycling community and within Common Cycle, we will be hosting women’s-focused bike community events, at Outdoor Adventures (336 Hill St, at the corner of Hill and Division). Of course, we welcome trans women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folks to attend.  Our tentative schedule for the fall is to hold sessions on:

October 11th, 6-8 PM
November 15th, 6-8 PM
December 13th, 6-8 PM

If you have any questions, or would like to be added to the mailing list to receive updates and announcements about women’s focused events, please send us an email at ccwomensprograms@gmail.com.  We’ll post more information on topics and other rides or events as they come together.

Thanks!

MRS Launch & Spring 2016

MRS Launch – Sunday, April 17th

Weather-permitting, our weekly Mobile Repair Stand at the Kerrytown Artisan Market will be launching on on Sunday, 4/17. After some early-April sleet the 17th is forecast to hit the middling digits. Show your bike some sun and drop by, if you can.

Upcoming Events + Volunteer Opportunities:

Weekly Mobile Repair Stand, Sundays, 11 AM – 3 PM

Healthy Kids Day, Saturday, May 14, 10 AM – 1 PM, Estabrook Elementary, Ypsilanti

Bike to Work Day Commuter Station, Friday, May 20, 7-10 AM, Hanover Square Park, Ann Arbor

Bike Rodeo, Friday, May 20, 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Thurston Elementary School, Ann Arbor

We will soon be sending out calls for volunteers for each of these events. If you’d like to lend a hand or join our mailing list, please get in touch with us at info@commoncycle.org. Mechanical experience is very much optional, and events such as these are excellent ways to apply your maintenance skills, particularly if you’re just starting out.

Winter Repair Workshop – Open Sessions Monthly

Common Cycle will be hosting a open winter repair sessions monthly through March. These will take place on the first Thursday evening of each month. The sessions will be similar to the weekly mobile repair stand at the Sunday Artisan 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

The tentative schedule through the winter will include the following Thursday evenings:
11/5
12/3
1/7/16
2/4/16
3/10/16 (delayed by one 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 info@commoncycle.org.

MRS @ A2 Skillshare, 8/29

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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. 29-30www.riverhop.org), 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

6:30 PM POTLUCK ~
Bring a dish to pass & washable plate/cup/fork

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

Bike Labs is (are?) Back!

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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

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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 info@commoncycle.org if you have questions, or are interested in volunteering!

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Registration is open for the Spring Repair Course!

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 clark@commoncycle.org 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