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 one-time events, are listed below.
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.
Common Cycle will be hosting open repair sessions through March, taking place roughly twice per month at the same time as our traditional Mobile Repair Stand. The sessions will be similar to our weekly mobile repair stand at the Sunday Artisan Market, and provide those interested with access to warm, dry space, tools and volunteer help as needed.
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!
Here at Common Cycle we’re all about fostering bike love. If you received a spoke card valentine today, it’s our way of saying that we love that you’re riding your bike all year round and we’d love to get to know you.
We provide free access to tools, education and other resources to make biking in Ann Arbor great. So, read about what we do, like us on Facebook or sign up for our Google group.
If you ever need help with your bike, we’ll be there – either at Outdoor Adventures this winter or at the Artisan market in the summer.
If you love working on bikes or you’ve always wanted to learn, come volunteer and we’ll share our knowledge and learn from you!
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!
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.
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.
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!