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
Common Cycle’s biannual 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 mobile repair stand.
Common Cycle’s Fall 2017 Maintenance Class will begin Wednesday, October 11th and run on 6 consecutive Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 in Ann Arbor, concluding on November 15th. Classes will be held at U-M 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).
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 at at least two Common Cycle events over the subsequent 12 months.
Application link: https://goo.gl/forms/CmKFGZl0NY78XL722
Applications close Sunday, October 1st. Please respond to email@example.com with questions.
Temporary Location Change (Sunday, September 10 Only)
This Sunday, September 10 the Artisan Market will be closed for the annual Kerrytown Bookfest. We will be setting up the Mobile Repair Stand in one of our alternative locations: 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:
We’ll be back wrenching on bikes at the normal location within the Market on Sunday 9/17.
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).
With the potential for heavy rain in the afternoon forecast, we’re going to split our location for today:
- We’ll be at Kerrytown as usual at 11am, but end operations at 1pm.
- We’ll be indoors at Outdoor Adventures for the remainder of our normal stand time: 1pm-3pm.
Come say hello!
With the potential for heavy rain in the afternoon forecast, we’re going to divide and conquer:
- We’ll be at Kerrytown as usual at 11am, but end operations at 1pm.
- We’ll be indoors at Outdoor Adventures for the entirety of our normal stand time: 11am-3pm.
Hope to see you there! Or the other there! Or both!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Part scavenger hunt, part food drive, part bike ride. Cranksgiving allows the cycling community to give back to the places where we ride.
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.
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:
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 email@example.com.
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.