OA workshop Thursday

Sorry for the late notice!  We have an additional workshop this THURSDAY (the day before Friday, as duly noted by Ms. Black) at 6:30pm at Outdoor Adventures (336 Hill St).  My (Eric’s) plan is to cover hub adjustment, wheel truing, and brake alignment, but of course we’ll adjust the material based upon the number of people who show up and their interests.  No RSVP needed, but if you know you are coming you can help me keep track of numbers by emailing me here. The workshop is free and you need not bring anything except a bike or wheel if you like. We probably won’t be able to get to everyone’s bikes, but we can probably make it through a dozen or so wheels.

EMU Workshop sign-up

After a small rest we’ve got another workshop at EMU scheduled for Sunday March 27 at 3pm!  It is free, open to the public, and we invite tinkerers of all skill levels.  Space is limited, so if you would like to attend please email Heather to sign up.  As usual, if you don’t email fast enough to get in we will save you a spot at the front of the line for a future workshop!

Work work workshops!

With a successful first winter workshop under our belt, it’s time to announce tons more!  First up, winter workshop #2 is confirmed for Jan 30th.  It’s currently full, but you can email eric@commoncycle.org to get on the wait list in case anyone drops out, or to sign up for workshop #3 on February 13th.  Also, if you haven’t joined our email list yet, navigate over here to get on it!

You’ll also be able to find us at the winter ReSkilling Festival on February 5th, where we’ll be talking about winter commuting, gear, and maintenance.

But wait, there’s more!  We’re pleased to announce a budding partnership with UM’s Outdoor Adventures, with the first of many workshops scheduled for March 31st.

We’re able to announce all this excitement because of the hard work of our wonderful volunteers- if you love bikes and want to help us offer up even more fun, please let us know!  We love students and teachers of all ages- kids get your parents to bring you to our events, and parents don’t think twice about hauling the family along!

Winter Workshops!

We’re pleased to announce the first of our regular workshops that will be offered throughout the winter.  The workshops are a partnership with BikesEMU and are on the campus of Eastern Michigan University.  We will begin each day with 30-minute tutorials in small groups so you’ll have plenty of opportunity for hands-on learning about a particular part, tool, or technique.  After the tutorials, we’ll switch gears and focus on fixing the bikes collected by BikesEMU.  This will allow you to hone your newly minted skills, test the knowledge of our mechanics, and help get a gaggle of great bikes working again!

Space is limited because we want to be able to give our participants undivided attention, so we have a 15 person maximum.  The first workshop will be at 3p on Sunday January 9th.  Email eric@commoncycle.org to get yourself on the list and he’ll give you the top-secret location.  You can come for the tutorial, the open workshop, or stick around for both.  All you need is a bit of curiosity and a free afternoon, we’ll provide everything else!

You can count on a workshop approximately every-other weekend (Saturday or Sunday afternoons), with additional workdays as dictated by demand.  The weekends of January 30th and February 13th are tentative 2nd and 3rd workshop weekends.  See you there!

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!

Our first bike repair workshop was great!

Last week Common Cycle pulled together our first bike repair workshop. Many thanks to Sic Transit Cycles for letting us use their space for this event. While we march forward on the path to finding a shop of our own help like this is invaluable.

You may not have heard about this workshop in advance: It came together in a hurry and was a test of sorts for us. Thankfully the workshop was a great success and we plan to have more in the future. Next time we’ll get the word out and you can participate.

All told we had about a dozen people and four stands with bikes. Our design was to have the group decide what they wanted to learn. There was an instant consensus: Derailluers!

I learned about derailleurs with Molly and Anika from Eric. We put my bike up on the stand it is as shifty as ever now. One nagging problem I’d had in the middle of my cassette was massaged away by our combined tinkering.

In addition to the help from Sic Transit, a special thanks to Commoners Steve Cain, Sam McDermott, Jimmy Ragget, and Eric Jankowski for teaching the rest of us about how our shifty bits work, and how to adjust them.