Winter, 2020-21 Updates

We’ve missed everyone during the 2020 season and hope that folks are finding opportunities to get out and ride this this winter.

While in-person repairs continue to be limited, we’d like to list a number of resources available to keep your bike running and you riding all winter long. In addition to various self-serve pumps and toolsets around A2/Ypsi, we’re excited to be able to offer remote support sessions through the coming months.

1:1 Remote Support

If you’d like remote support help with any issues or build questions, feel free to email us at info@commoncycle.org and one of our volunteers will get back to you right away.

Even if you’re not need of advice or guidance, CC volunteers can be available to shout motivational slogans at you via video while you chip petrified grime from your frame or oil a seized chain.
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Emergency Repairs

If you’re in need of emergency repairs, please don’t hesitate to reach out (also via info@commoncycle.org), and we’ll identify a safe way to lend a hand.
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Self-Service Tools / Resources

For those with some know-how or the inclination to learn, there are a number of self-service resources around town:

    • Public bicycle pumps + repair stations
      A map of pumps and Fix-It stations in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti is available here. (Also listed in the sidebar of the CC homepage.)
    • Zingerman’s Band-Aid Station, 422 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
      A box of basic tools and supplies at Zingerman’s maintained by Common Cycle; located in the bicycle parking alcove next to the deli. (Feel free to ask the Zingerman’s staff, who’ll direct you to it, if needed).
    • Bløm Meadworks Toolset, 100 S 4th Ave Ste 110, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
      Our friends at Bløm Meadworks maintain a complete toolset and repair stand available for use on their patio (business hours only).
    • Bike Build Livestream-Sundays at 2-ish streamed live on the Facebook
      A friendly plug for the ongoing bike-build series hosted by CC volunteer/board member Nate. Just 1-2 sessions remain, but please let us know on the social media whether we should go with round wheels or square wheels. #rollrectilinear

We hope these resources can help keep folks rolling this winter; looking forward.

2020 – Public Hours and Volunteer Opportunities

 

[Updated 1/31/2020]

Common Cycle 2020

Common Cycle is a volunteer-run organization. If you’re into working on bikes, learning to work on bikes or helping to sustain an inclusive space where members of the public drop in to learn about repair and maintenance, we’d love to have you get involved.

We welcome volunteers at all skill levels and have opportunities to be active no matter your skill or comfort level.

Sign-up sheets for upcoming volunteer opportunities, including regular hours and seasonal events, are listed below.

Sundays, 11 AM-3 PM Sunday Public Hours @ 416
Tuesdays, 2-5 PM Volunteer-Supported Public Hours
[no signup needed – just drop by!]
Thursdays, 7-9 PM Public Hours (Independent) /
Donation Bicycle Work Session @ 416
[no signup needed – just drop by!]

2019 – Public Hours and Volunteer Opportunities

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Common Cycle is a wholly volunteer-run organization. If you’re into working on bikes, learning to work on bikes or helping to sustain an inclusive space where members of the public drop in to learn about repair and maintenance, we’d love to have you get involved.

We welcome volunteers at all skill levels and have opportunities to be active no matter your skill or comfort level.

Sign-up sheets for upcoming volunteer opportunities, including regular hours and seasonal events, are listed below.

Sundays, 11 AM-3 PM Sunday Public Hours @ 416
Tuesdays, 7-9 PM Update, 8/28: Tuesday public hours are finished for the 2019 season.

Thanks for everyone’s involvement in making a second day of public hours a big, dang ol’ success.
Thursdays, 5-9 PM Public Hours (Independent) / Donation Bicycle Work Session @ 416
[no signup needed – just drop by!]

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Bike Month is well underway and Common Cycle will be supporting a number of events in May and June.

A consolidated list of volunteer sign-up sheets is below, if you’d like to come out and work on bikes in public for a few hours:

Sundays, 11AM-3PM:           Mobile Repair Stand, Kerrytown
Friday,  5/18/2018, 7-9AM:   Bike-to-Work Day Commuter Node, Hanover Square Park
Sunday,  5/20/2018, 1-5PM:   Huron River Day, Gallup Park
Wednesday, 5/23/2018, 6-8PM: Open Workshop at Zingerman's
Friday,  6/8/2018,  6-9PM:   Mayor's Green Fair

Winter MRS – Brunch & Bikes @ Detroit Street Filling Station, Sunday 1/14/2018

We’re back in Kerrytown for a winter Mobile Repair Stand on Sunday, January 14th.

The folks at the Detroit Street Filling Station have invited us to set up during their brunch hours on 1/14/2018. We’ll have repair stands and volunteer mechanics available from 11 AM-3 PM to help with any mechanical issues, to chip away at some of the winter’s grime or to answer any questions about winter cycling/maintenance.

Drop by for a vegan fritter and/or some chain oil. Which is eaten and which is applied to your bike is up to you.

Details:

Detroit Street Filling Station
300 Detroit St (at corner of Catherine/Detroit)
Sunday, 1/14/2018, 11AM-3PM
(DSFS open for brunch from 10AM-3PM)

Facebook event

Detroit Street Filling Station & Common Cycle

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.