2019 – Public Hours and Upcoming Events

[Updated 6/16/2019]

2019 Volunteer Opportunities

Spring has springed, and there is much to do.

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 seasonal events, are listed below.

Sundays, 11 AM-3 PM Sunday Public Hours @ 416
Tuesdays, 7-9 PM [NEW] Tuesday Public Hours @ 416
Thursdays, 5-9 PM Weekly Public Hours (Unsupported) / Volunteer Work Session @ 416
[no signup needed – just drop by!]
Saturday, 6/22, 10 AM-1 PM Bike Lab @ University Townhouses Cooperative

[Call for Applications] Spring 2019 Maintenance Course

Hiya, folks!

Common Cycle’s bi-annual maintenance courses are intended to help train future volunteers and community members by providing hands-on experience and general knowledge about fixing bicycles and assisting people who come to our bicycle co-op.

Common Cycle’s Spring 2019 Maintenance Course will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 pm, beginning March 20th and run for 6 consecutive weeks, concluding on April 24th. Classes will be held at the Common Cycle Co-op, located at 416 W Huron St Suite #11, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. We cover a range of repair and maintenance from basic (e.g. tube change, brake adjustment) to advanced (e.g. hub overhaul, wheel truing).

Dates (Wednesdays):
March 20th
March 27th
April 3rd
April 10th
April 17th
April 24th

The course is capped at 15 students so that everyone will have some time and space to do hands-on work. No advance knowledge of bike repair is required, just an interest in learning more. Students may bring in their own bikes which we will diagnose as needed and use for demonstration.

Although this is a low/no-cost course, we ask you to respect the large amount of volunteer work that goes into facilitating and teaching the course.

    • If you are enrolled, we expect you to attend the majority of sessions or make clear in your application if you will not able to attend some sessions.
    • If selected, we expect participants to volunteer during at least two Common Cycle events over the subsequent 12 months.

Application link: https://goo.gl/forms/u55sOaEOq3rrCnTS2

Applications close Friday, March 8th by 5:00 pm. Please send us a note at info@commoncycle.org with any questions.

Ride well!

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Open Hours @ 416 W Huron:        Sundays, 11 AM-3 PM

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Bike Month is well underway and Common Cycle will be supporting a number of events in May and June.

A consolidated list of volunteer sign-up sheets is below, if you’d like to come out and work on bikes in public for a few hours:

Sundays, 11AM-3PM:           Mobile Repair Stand, Kerrytown
Friday,  5/18/2018, 7-9AM:   Bike-to-Work Day Commuter Node, Hanover Square Park
Sunday,  5/20/2018, 1-5PM:   Huron River Day, Gallup Park
Wednesday, 5/23/2018, 6-8PM: Open Workshop at Zingerman's
Friday,  6/8/2018,  6-9PM:   Mayor's Green Fair

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.

Open Workshops – Winter 2016/2017

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.

The schedule will include the following Sundays:

Nov: 11/13
Dec: 12/4 & 12/18
Jan: 1/8 & 1/22
Feb: 2/5 & 2/19
Mar: 3/5, 3/12 & 3/26

Location and Time:

Outdoor Adventures (“Elbel Building” next to Elbel Field)
336 Hill St,
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Time: 11 AM-3 PM

Feel free to drop by to get help preparing your bicycle for the winter, and to keep it rolling until spring. If you have any questions, please email us at info@commoncycle.org.

Elbel

 

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!

Common Cycle Loves You!

We Looooooooove You!

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!

We hope to meet you soon!

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!