October 15, 2017 MRS – Location Change

Due to the potential for some unignorable weather this morning/afternoon, our outdoor Mobile Repair Stand in Kerrytown will be moving indoors this Sunday.

We’ll be at our rainout location from 11AM-3PM today; come by and say hello.

Outdoor Adventures Center / Adventure Leadership
336 Hill St (“Elbel Building” at the corner of Hill and Division; entrance in rear)

Fall 2017 – Common Cycle Women’s/Trans’ Workshops

After a brief hiatus, we are ready to offer our next round of women’s/trans’ workshops! This program is 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 our next session on October 12th, at Outdoor Adventures. Of course, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming folks are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Our first session of the fall will be an open shop. Jayanthi will be doing doing a fix-a-flat tutorial if anyone is interested; otherwise we can tackle a topic that attendees are interesting in learning about, or check out any problems someone is having with their bike.

All fall sessions will be hosted at Outdoor Adventures (336 Hill St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104) from 6PM-8PM. The building doesn’t have great signage, but is on the southwest corner of Hill and Division, right next to Elbel Field.

Feel free to let us know that you are coming or spread the word through the FB event.

Full list of women’s/trans’ sessions this fall:

Thursday, October 12, 6-8 PM
Thursday, November 9, 6-8 PM
Thursday, December 14, 6-8 PM

your Common Cycle buddies

Blue Bikes – Available for Rent

A note from our friends at Adventure Leadership, who rent outdoor equipment to UM students, employees and the general public.

Their Blue Bikes program has bicycles available for daily, weekend and semester rentals. Rates are $12 for the first day and $5 for each additional day; $85 for the semester. A two-month (half-semester) option is available upon request.

The bikes are available at Adventure Leadership, 336 Hill St., Ann Arbor (next to Elbel Field).

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: https://goo.gl/forms/mqa0hMBDFsbSafsf2

Applications close Friday, September 30th or when the class is full. Please respond or email info@commoncycle.org 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: https://www.crowdrise.com/keep-back-alley-bikes-open-and-free-for-youth

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.