Spring 2021 Bicycle Garage SALE

SATURDAY, APRIL 17 • 11:00AM-2:00PM

Need a bicycle or know someone who might?

Join us for a socially-distanced bicycle & parts garage sale held at the Common Cycle Co-op at 416 W. Huron (located across from the YMCA).
We have 100+ bikes available!

Things to note:
*No early birds – we’ll start right at 11
*Cash, cards, and PayPal transfer accepted for payment
*Short test rides available
*We will require all participants to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

Only a limited number of people will be allowed to view bikes at any one time so there may be some waiting; we thank you for your patience. We may limit browsing time to allow more people to access the bikes. The majority of bikes on display will fit adults in a wide variety of frame sizes but we also have some children’s bikes. Plus, some bicycle accessories as well. Prices for most adult bikes range from $40 to $250.

All proceeds will help to fund Common Cycle’s volunteer operations such as classes, workshops and the bicycles we provide to local service organizations such as Jewish Family Services, Washtenaw Refugee Welcome, Offender Success program, and more. Help us spread the word!Share our Facebook event.

*Car parking is available at the city parking lot at First and Huron streets.

We’re on the Radio!

Common Cycle Board Member and volunteer, Katie, was interviewed by Lucy Ann Lance on her radio show to talk about our work and our upcoming Spring Garage SALE – check it out! Listen to the interview.

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day, March 8th. THEME: #ChooseToChallenge.

TL;DR [though, we challenge you to read it all.] Common Cycle is calling ourselves in. We unpack it below.

What does it mean to “call in,” exactly? It’s all about calling in the calling out culture; a.k.a. speaking up without tearing down. And it’s the genius of Loretta J. Ross, human rights activist and professor at Smith College.

Dr. Rebecca Eunmi Haslam, Founder of Seed the Way LLC and Assistant Professor in the Education Department at Saint Michael’s College provides this excellent resource for how and when to use Calling In vs Calling Out when challenging inherent biases in an effort to disrupt patterns that continue to oppress BIPOC and other people marginalized by social inequity.

Every year IWD is on March 8th. Every year there is a designated theme. And this year, it’s #ChooseToChallenge. What folks might not know is that the theme is intended not simply to début on March 8th and stop there. It is meant to be “celebrated and continue all year long to unify direction and galvanize activity by providing a meaningful framework to connect and amplify action.”

Here’s what they say,

“A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So let’s all choose to challenge.

How will you help forge a gender equal world?

Celebrate women’s achievement.
Raise awareness against bias.
Take action for equality.”

At Common Cycle, we still have a LONG way to go. But, we are actively working on rising to this challenge. To call ourselves in to focus on our opportunities for growth. We made a promise on June 4, 2020 to do better. At our Board and Steering Committee Retreat in February 2021, we committed to further doing this work with the heart of our focus on our core mission:

We are a community-based organization empowering Ann Arbor to ride bicycles by providing access to education, workspace, and resources.

Empowered women empower women!

In 2016, volunteer Jayanthi Reddy created Common Cycle’s Women/Trans/Femme nights—a welcoming space for women of all backgrounds to gather and learn about a specific bicycle maintenance concept. Countless people have benefited from Jayanthi’s patient teaching style, myself included.

It was at such a gathering that inspired and provided a spark for fellow Common Cycle Board member, Emma Wendt.

My first memory of Common Cycle was getting help fixing my brakes. Jayanthi was there with her “the bike is lava” mantra, the idea being that the instructor does not touch the bike but rather guides the person learning to practice the skill on their own.

She made sure I was doing the fixing and the learning, and she was just there so we could help figure it out together rather than doing it for me. I felt so much more comfortable with that experience than in so many other bikey settings—and I consider myself a strong, capable woman.

While it took me many years before getting involved with Common Cycle, I eventually came back and joined the Board. My positive experience with Jayanthi was part of the reason, knowing we had the capacity to be a supportive, effective organization.

Emma Wendt

And, the same was true for me. At a joint event hosted at FitMi with bike fitter extraordinaire, Jessica Bratus, I learned from both of these incredible women how to fix a flat tire. I left that Women/Trans/Femme night feeling pumped, pun intended, and it was the fuel I needed to set my own bicycle journey in motion.

women/trans/femme nights relaunch

Stay tuned for Women/Trans/Femme nights coming soon! Offered virtually to start, shifting to in-person/outdoor when the weather and global pandemic conditions allow for us to gather safely.

celebrate. raise awareness. take action.

Today we celebrate women’s achievements. Let us challenge ourselves and others to continue to celebrate these achievements and actively raise up and empower all women early and often. Let us take action to unite for equality for all women and challenge our inherent biases and understanding of intersectional feminism. Let us be actively inclusive of LGBT*IQA+ people in all spaces. Let’s do it together.


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By: Katie Jeannin, Common Cycle Board Member

inspired for more? check out these Resources

  • Accounts worth following on Instagram:
    @thebrownbikegirl / @ayesuppose / @cyclista_zine / @pedal2thepeople / @wokeandspoked
  • Ann Arbor Velo Club Women Racing Team
    AAVC Women’s Team is looking to recruit new members! Deadline to sign up for their mentorship program is March 15th.
  • Thee Abundance Summit – March 26th & 27th
    A virtual celebration of Black and Brown joy in cycling and the outdoors. This free virtual celebration will be live-streamed on the A Quick Brown Fox Youtube Channel. Register here.


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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.