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.

We’re now accepting donations!

Common Cycle is now accepting bicycle donations to restore over the winter at our OA workshops. These bikes will be given a new life as commuters around Ann Arbor, either sold as a CC fundraiser or used in a pilot bike sharing program! They’ll also be great  project for novice mechanics who wish to hone their skills in the off-season. Donations will be handled through the Jackson Rd location of Two Wheel Tango; please call them  at 734.769.8401 if you are interested in donating a bike. Thanks to Jimmy and Dennis at TWT for their support!

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.

So much stuff, so little time!

Despite the paucity of posts, we’ve been up to TONS of stuff lately!  The shirts are in, the stickers made, the spoke cards laminated, the custom engraved bottle openers have been machined, and we’ve got new trailers and tools.  Phew!  The mobile repair stand has been rockin’ hard with all of our new gear, sheltered by our second tent, and the new trailers are fantastic.  We can’t say enough great things about all of our Kickstarter donors, Kickstarter itself, and all of our volunteers.  We CAN say that all of your prizes are in the mail and should be arriving soon.  Thank you all so much!

We’re planning on next Sunday, the 24th being the last Mobile Repair Stand for the fall, but will still be available for special events.  Don’t worry, we’ll be busting out the tools and tents next Spring!  Also, we’re working to get some workshops rolling through the winter.  If there is anything in particular you want, please let us know by sending an email to info@commoncycle.org.

Some of the other events we’ve been involved in lately have been the DIY day at Vineyard Church, the homegrown festival, and we even sent some racers out to the Dorais Park Thunderdrome who took silver in the road and mountain races, as well as a bronze in road!  Hopefully we see you next Sunday at the stand.  We can get your bike ready for Night of The Living Tread (8pm on the Diag, October 30th), and ensure you’re set for a happy fall and winter of commuting on your bike.  Now get out there and enjoy this beautiful fall!

Shirts are in

new shirts!

I bet you thought we’d forgotten to send you the prizes you won from our Kickstarter, huh?!  Don’t worry, they’re on their way- we just got a little delayed with minor hiccups like llamas.