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SPOKES Bike Walk Connect is a community biking and walking center in south Minneapolis, with a mission of creating a more informed and diverse biking and walking community. We want to help anyone to make use of bicycles and walking for transportation, exercise and recreation. SPOKES does this by working to remove any barriers that make it difficult for people to use bicycles and walk.

We are located near the LRT Bike Trail at 1915 East 22nd Street (1/2 block west of Minnehaha Avenue, 1 block south of Franklin Avenue and the Franklin LRT station). Browse this site and visit our Facebook Page to find out more about us.

SPOKES is a nonprofit and, of course, we would also really appreciate a donation! SPOKES is a program of the Seward Neighborhood Group, Inc.

Give your unused bike a new home at Hyland Lake Park Reserve

Three Rivers Park District is hosting a bike donation drive for SPOKES and Hyland Lake Park Reserve. This is a great time to give that unused bike in your garage or storeroom or basement a new home.

Saturday, August 23Three Rivers Park District Logo
10 am to 5 pm
Edgewood Reservation Area
Hyland Lake Park Reserve
10145 Bush Lake RoadBloomington, MN

June 2014 Learn-to-ride class

For more information, email SPOKES at info@SpokesConnect.org.

SPOKES makes great use of the used bikes for–

  • Our Earn-a-Bike Program
  • Our Learn-to-Ride Program
  • Parts for other bikes
  • Our Community Partners Bike Library
  • Rehabilitation for sale to help pay our costs.

More Details here.

SPOKES Fall Schedule, classes, events

Every Week:class

Open Shop—use our tools to fix your bike:

  • Wednesdays from 5 PM to 9 PM
  • Saturdays from 1 PM to 5 PM

Volunteer Night—no experience needed; a variety of volunteer jobs to do

  • Thursdays. Come any time between 5 PM and 9 PM

Hub Store (Great used bikes for sale, plus accessories and parts)

  • Wednesdays, 5 PM to 9 PM
  • Saturdays, 10 AM to 5 PM

Seward Community Walks (a different topic every week)

  • Every Wednesday. Leaves from the front of Matthews Center at 7 PM

Every Month:

Grease Rag (Women, Transgender and Femme only) Open Shop (With GreaseRag.org)

  • 2nd and 4th Monday of every month, 7 PM to 9 PM

Volunteer Training (learn some more about bike mechanics—for our volunteers)

  • 2nd Thursday of every month, 6 to 7 PM

Bike Maintenance Classes:

  • Wheel Truing – Tuesday August 26, 6-7:30pm
  • Back to School Bike Tune-up Class (for all ages) – Tuesday Sept 2, 6-7:30pm
  • Rollin-faster Class: How to overhaul hubs & bearings- Tues Sept 30, 6-7:30pm
  • Bike Overhaul Class: 6 weeks, Saturday mornings, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8. 9:30-12pm
  • Bike Tune-up Class – Tuesday, Nov 4, from 6-8:30pm

Earn-a-Bike:

  • October – Tuesday evenings 6-9pm, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28
  • November/December – Saturday mornings 9-12pm, Nov 15, 22, Dec 6, 13

Rides and Events:

  • Hyland Park Reserve Used Bike Drive—Saturday, August 23
  • Ice Cream Ride – Saturday September 20th, 3pm
  • SPOKES End of Summer Party! – Thursday Oct 2nd, 5-8pm
  • SPOKES & SNG Fundraiser at Town Hall Brewery – Oct 7, 4:30-6:30
  • Fall Colors Ride – Saturday October 11, 3pm

Open Shops and Volunteer nights need no reservation.

For classes, please register by emailing info@SpokesConnect.org or calling 612-787-7433

Franklin Avenue Open Street on SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY

Twenty-two blocks of Franklin Avenue will be closed to all motorized traffic othis Sunday August 17 for 10 AM to 4 PM.  From Portland Avenue on the west to 28th Avenue on the East, Bike, walk, rollerblade or skateboard without worrying about cars. Details and a map here.

We may be biased but we think this will be the best Open Street celebration of the year. Why? Because we will have:

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  • Puppies (adoptable puppies!)
  • A player piano
  • Puppet shows
  • A pop-up indiginous farmers market
  • An artists’ enclave
  • The Lynx and Timberwolves sponsored basket ball
  • The Park Board’s Showmobile–with a great variety of music
  • Food specials, and MORE food specials
  • A Bouncy Castle
  • Ideas for fixing Franklin to make it safer for pedestrians, bike-riders and car-drivers
  • A dog wading pool
  • Lots of food

August/ Early Sept. Bike Repair Classes

Fixing a wheel

Monday August 4th – Wheel Truing  6-7:30PM

Learn the basics of checking and adjusting the lateral (side to side) true and radial (roundness) true of your wheel.  Wheel dish and Spoke tension will be discussed.  Bring your own wheel or use one of ours.  Instruction first and then practice time.  This is a skill that often takes a fair amount of practice- don’t except to master it during the class.  This is meant as an introductory class.  Wheels with bent rims or several broken spokes may not be able to be effectively trued.  Only 6 spots for this.


 

Tuesday  August 26th – Wheel Truing  6-7:30 PM

Learn the basics of checking and adjusting the lateral (side to side) true and radial (roundness) true of your wheel.  Wheel dish and Spoke tension will be discussed.  Bring your own wheel or use one of ours.  Instruction first and then practice time.  This is a skill that often takes a fair amount of practice- don’t except to master it during the class.  This is meant as an introductory class.  Wheels with bent rims or several broken spokes may not be able to be effectively trued.  Only 6 spots for this.


Tuesday Sept. 2 – Back to School Tune Up  6-8 PM

Get your ride ready for fall.  Learn to make adjustments to your braking and shifting systems to improve the performance and safety of your bike.  Check tire and wheel condition and tire inflation.  Learn to check, clean and lubricate your chain.  Learn to do an easy pre-ride safety check that takes less than one minute to complete.  This is an introductory class open to anyone high school age and up.  10 spots available.


Donations of  $5 – $25 per class greatly appreciated. Sign up by emailing info@spokesconnect.org or calling 612-787-7433.

 

Learn-to-Ride class featured in Star Tribune article

There is a great article about our Learn-to-Ride students in the July 29 StarTribune. It really explains the reasons people want to learn to bike.  For more information, check out the video of our Learn-to-Ride classes.  (The curriculum for these classes is based on the classes developed by Cycles for Change in St. Paul and they have been a great help in developing our program.)

The article did get the history of SPOKES wrong. I (sheldon) was only marginally involved in starting SPOKES. It was a partnership between Seward Neighborhood Group, Cycles for Change in St. Paul, the Hub Bicycle Co-op and Seward Redesign.  Katya Pilling (then at Redesign) and Jason Tanzman at Cycles for Change were the driving forces in creating SPOKES–with the help of a lot of people.  And SPOKES would not have been able to start without the support of our major funders, our great volunteers, our individual donors, and everyone who has donated a used bike.