Cranksgiving 2016: 11/20, 12-2 PM

Part scavenger hunt, part food drive, part bike ride. Cranksgiving allows the cycling community to give back to the places where we ride.

Facebook Event:

Navigate the streets of Ann Arbor and the aisles of grocery stores searching for specific food and personal items. Once you’ve found them and made your way through the checkout lines to the finish line, all of your food and personal items will be donated to Food Gatherers, EMU’s Swoops Food Pantry, and Ozone House!

Bring a bike, a bag or backpack, a lock, and some cash.

Sunday November 20, 2016 from 12-2 PM
Start and finish in front of Zingerman’s Roadhouse
2501 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Grocery lists will be handed out at 11:45 and the ride will begin at 12:00 PM

There will be an after-party at Wolverine State Brewing Co. (2019 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103). Prizes will be handed out and you will be able to purchase food and drinks.

Cranksgiving 2016

10/30 – Last MRS of the Season

10/30 weather update, 10:45 AM: It appears the rain is tapering off, we will haul up to Kerrytown for today’s repair stand. Hope to see you there.
Our last Sunday Mobile Repair stand of the season is taking place on Sunday, 10/30/2016 from 11 AM – 3 PM at the Kerrytown Artisan Market**.

We’re also planning to hold open repair sessions with some frequency throughout the winter months; stay tuned for details.

Registration Open – Fall 2016 Repair Course

Common Cycle’s Six-Week Fall Maintenance Class will begin Thursday, October 13th and run on six consecutive Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 in Ann Arbor, concluding on November 17th. Classes will be held at UM Outdoor Adventures Center, 336 Hill St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

We cover a range of repair and maintenance from basic (e.g. tube change, brake adjustment) to advanced (e.g. hub overhaul, wheel truing). Please fill out the linked application if you would like to attend. Please note that this class is capped at 15 people. If selected, we expect participants will attend all 6 sessions and all participants are expected to attend at least 2 mobile repair stand or other events over the following 12 months.

Apply here:

Applications close Friday, September 30th or when the class is full. Please respond or email with questions.

Tentative Course Schedule:

Week 1 (10/13): Get to know your bike
Week 2 (10/20): Derailleurs
Week 3 (10/27): Brakes
Week 4 (11/03): Wheels
Week 5 (11/10): Headset, Stem, Bars
Week 6 (11/17): BBs, Cranks, Pedals

Ride well!

9/11 Mobile Repair Stand

Temporary Location Change

This Sunday, September 11 the Artisan Market will be closed for the annual Kerrytown Bookfest. We will be setting up the Mobile Repair Stand in our second alternative location: On the western edge of the Community High School grounds, just across N 5th Ave opposite the Market.

We’ll likely be set up somewhere in this region:

Hope to see you Sunday. We’ll be back at the normal location within the Market on Sunday 9/18.

Back Alley Bikes / The Hub of Detroit – A Call for Help

Our friends at Back Alley Bikes / The Hub of Detroit are apparently in danger of shutting down due to some significant interruption to their operational funding and recent staff turnover. It appears they’ve been trying to raise funds for the last month or two, but are well short of their goal of $6K.

Their crowdfunding campaign:

On behalf of the Common Cycle board, we feel that Back Alley is a critical part of the bicycling community in southeast MI, not only for the good work they do, but for the fact that they’ve been around for eight years and are very much an established resource for people in need in Detroit/Wayne Co. Any risk to their ability to continue their work is a big deal.

Some announcements on their Facebook page:

BAB’s “Our Story” Page:

If you can, please consider pledging your support and/or spreading the word to others who may not already be aware.



8/4 Mobile Repair Stand

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To keep the Artisan Market clear for its annual Fairy Day this Sunday, we will be setting up in one of our alternative locations on the concrete “island” on the eastern edge of the Farmer’s Market, near the intersection of Detroit and 5th (see below). Hope to see you there.



Women’s Focused Programming

In an effort to strengthen community and increase the presence of women within the organization, we are hoping to start up some women’s-focused programming within Common Cycle.This announcement is an initial poll to see who might be interested in being involved with a class/clinic/drop-in night.  The details are yet to be determined (so the input of any potential participants is more than welcome!).We are planning on having an initial get together soon to hang out and talk about what people are interested in. If you are interested in being involved (in planning, as a participant, or both), send us an email at to let us know.  We are hoping to gauge interest to see what would be most relevant.The program and space is intentionally set up to be welcoming to trans women, and gender non-conforming folks.  Please let us know if you have any questions, ideas, or concerns.  We are really excited – please get in touch!

Pumps Available at Three UM Libraries

An announcement from our friends from the UM Student Sustainability Initiative:

As spring rapidly approaches, it’s time to start thinking about getting your bicycle ready to ride!  Thankfully for MCard holders, the University of Michigan Student Sustainability Initiative has funded a project to place bike pumps in the Shapiro, Hatcher, and Duderstadt Libraries on campus.  If you find your tires low on air, head to your closest library to use an air pump for your tires.  You can check it out for up to four hours, or simply step outside and pump your tires at the library.  Instructional flyers will be provided, so even if you’re a tire-pumping novice, have no fear!

The program starts on Monday, March 28, 2016.

For more information about cycling on campus, please see the Parking and Transportation website. (

For information about renting bicycles from the University of Michigan (MCard required), look to the Rec Sports Outdoor Adventures center (  Also check out Arbor Bike ( to learn about A2’s bike sharing program.