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.

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.

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”!

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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The Cutest Saturday

This morning Common Cycle was thrilled to join Jonny Lennon and B3 Bike Repair for a morning of fixing bikes with kids!

Families showed up with bikes that needed work and  bikes to donate, and we taught bike repair basics to visitors of all ages. It was an amazing way to spend Saturday morning – Jon said we helped fix and distribute over 100 kids bikes!

We weren’t the only group helping out either – Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society, Sic Transit Cycles, Bike Ypsi, Safe Kids Huron Valley, and Word of God Community all provided support! The tremendous showing from the  Ann Arbor community made this event incredibly fun!

We took some pictures for everyone to enjoy!

Another Busy Week at the MRS

After a fun Saturday night at the Homegrown Festival, our MRS was full of folks we told to stop by! The stand looked like this for most of the afternoon:

Left to Right: Bill helps install a bottom bracket, Sam helps center a brake, a visitor prepares her wheel for truing, Jayanthi helps install fenders, Ben helps mend a broken chain (while Parrish takes a photo)

Thanks to everyone (pictured and not) who volunteered!

MRS Update

It’s been a long while since we’ve updated, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been hard at work!  Every Sunday we’ve been at the Artisan Market teaching Ann Arbor how to repair bikes. We’ve helped overhaul bottom brackets, true wheels, and replace tons of cables and housing.

Piet helps install a front brake.

This week, Piet helped one  industrious fellow replace his front brake (above) . By the time he  left, he trued the wheels and had  two working brakes!

Every once and a while, a really unique bike stops by the MRS. This Schwinn Suburban came by needing a new spoke in its rear wheel.

Schwinn Suburban (c. 1975)

It came from an era when Shimano was pushing their front freewheel system for city bikes; having the freewheel in the front allows you to shift gears while coasting. This wacky set-up never caught on. You can read all about it on Wikipedia.

A front freewheel!

We also helped replace a chain, but the drive train was so worn out the the new chain skipped so much that it was hardly rideable. Let that be a lesson – Replace you chain before it wrecks your chainrings!

At the end of the day, Bill and Ben loaded up the trailers and hauled the MRS home. See you next week!

All Aboard!
Bill and two loaded trailers.

May 20th: Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day (Friday May 20, 2011) is sort of a bicycle holiday – it’s a chance for all of us that commute to work by bike to recognize each other as a team. It doesn’t matter if you bike to your job each day, or once a week, or if you’re just starting – Bike to Work Day is a celebration that we’re out there, enjoying the air and our legs and our bicycles. This year, Nancy Shore at getDowntown has organized some amazing events and rewards for cyclists. Here is a list of the events.

Common Cycle will be hosting a bike commuting station Friday morning (7-9am) at Division + Packard, across the street from Blimpy Burger. We’ll be there with our Mobile Repair Stand, some snacks, coffee from the Roos Roast Coffee Trike, and a bunch of smiling faces reminding you that biking to work is possibly the coolest thing in the world. Come say hi.