Spring has springed, and there is much to do.
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.
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
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.
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)
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 –
Adventure Leadership Rental Center (formerly Outdoor Adventures)
336 Hill St
(“Elbel Building” at corner of Hill and Division; entrance at rear)
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.
With the potential for heavy rain in the afternoon forecast, we’re going to divide and conquer:
- We’ll be at Kerrytown as usual at 11am, but end operations at 1pm.
- We’ll be indoors at Outdoor Adventures for the entirety of our normal stand time: 11am-3pm.
Hope to see you there! Or the other there! Or both!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll post more information on topics and other rides or events as they come together.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 29-30—www.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”!