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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.

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.

Reconditioned used bikes at the Hub

Don’t forget, the Hub’s Mini-store @ SPOKES has some great used bikes for sale.

The proceeds from all bike sales go to support SPOKES’ work to get more people biking!

OPENHUB Mini Store at SPOKES
Wednesdays 5 – 7 PM
Saturdays 10 AM – 5 PM

1915 East 22nd Street (1/2 block west of Minnehaha Avenue, 1 block south of Franklin)
Minneapolis, 55404

Some of what is available now:

Fuji Royale flat bar road bike, 56 cm.  $275  New tires.  The frame?  Steel is real.  This bikes deserves a test ride.

Raleigh M20 hybrid.  13 in frame/XXS.  $215 Great for a young rider or shorter adult.  V-brakes;  large gear range.

Trek 4900 SL  Hardtail MTB Bike.  $275.   18 inch Alpha aluminum frame.   A few years old, however it’s in excellent  condition.  26 inch wheels.  Rock Shox Pilot C fork.   Enough bike for any of the local MTB trails and then some.

Trek 820 16″ mountain bike/hybrid. Chro-moly steel frame, paint is inexcellent shape. Ride this beauty anywhere. $215

Bianchi Sport S.S. 58″ CM. Road bike set up with flat bars for a more upright, comfortable ride. “Superset” double butted tubing. New tires. $275.

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.

Plan to Attend E4E’s Wild Things Festival July 26-27 in Osceola, WI (AND, bike there with us)

Wild Things 2013Please join our friends at Eat for Equity for their second annual Wild Things Festival at Lily Springs Farm in Osceola, WI (just a one-hour drive from the Twin Cities or SPOKES will lead a bicycle ride there and back- see below).   All ticket sales support Eat for Equity and their work building a community of generosity through sustainable community feasts.

What’s happening?
– MUSIC from great local musicians including Mississippi Driftwood, Lynn O’Brien Music, the Wailing Loons, The Nightingale Trio, DJ Dig Dug, and live band karaoke
– Wild ADVENTURES of your choosing—canoeing, kayaking, swimming, stand up paddleboarding, hiking
– FEAST on a wild dinner
– WORKSHOPS and activities including yoga, a homebrewing demo, lawn games, and a community-based art project
– TOAST to good friends and good food
– Shhh…bid on awesome items in the SILENT auction
– Sleep under the stars at our CAMP
– Enjoy a farm BREAKFAST with a lake view.

How do I get a ticket?
Get your ticket at https://wildthings2014.eventbrite.com/

How do I get from here to there?
BIKE to the Farm with SPOKES Bike Walk Connect along the Gateway Trail and the St. Croix River. You can sign up for the bike ride when you purchase your ticket.

Interested in biking with us? We will be providing more details next week but here is what you need to know now:

The ride will leave at 9 AM Sat. July 26th from SPOKES.  It is about 50 miles.  While this might sound like a lot, if you are regularly active (bike, walk or jog 3+ times a week) you could do this!  Maps and cue cards provided.  There will be a lunch stop and water stops.  Your camping gear will be schlepped in a vehicle for you.  Expect to arrive at the celebration between 2 and 4:30 PM.  There will be ride leader and sweepers as well as a support vehicle.  On Sunday 7/27, we will leave at 11 AM to pedal back as a group (you could go earlier on your own if you prefer) and we will stop in Scandia, MN for lunch.

Not up for pedaling your way? There will be plenty of parking—we love carpools! 

Here is a link to the Facebook event  Contact E4E for general event info but Please contact us with questions about the bike ride.Hope to see you on July 26th!

Seward Neighborhood History and Architecture Bike Ride Thursday 7/17 6:30 PM

Seward Neighborhood History and Architecture Ride
Thursday July 17, 6:30 PM
Meet at SPOKE Spokes, 1915 E 22nd St.

Description:  Learn about the eclectic architecture of Seward Neighborhood’s varied history on a relaxing ride. Tour guide will be Bob Roscoe (Author of “Milwaukee Avenue: Community Renewal in Minneapolis” and owner of Design For Preservation. Tour will include Milwaukee Avenue, architecture of East 22nd Street, the coop history of Seward Neighborhood (from the 1930s Franklin Cooperative Creamery through the start of Freewheel Bicycle, to Seward Cafe and Seward Community Coop), the machine shop history, immigrant churches……… Two hour ride, about 5 miles, lots of stops. Ending at Pizza Luce or Tracy’s (choice of riders)

Bike Swap at SPOKES

Do you have a bike that is too small? Too big? Not working or just don’t like it?

The cost of new or even refurbished bicycles is prohibitive for many—SPOKES’ mission is to make biking more accessible to everyone, which means addressing cost barriers to purchasing bicycles.

SPOKES BIKE SWAP
JULY 12, 2014 – 9am-12pm

Bike swap times table as jpgWHAT IT IS:
     Trade your bike for a different one!
Or,
Purchase a bike as-is and fix it yourself!

BIKE DONATION DRIVE
In preparation for the Swap
JULY 9-12th
Drop off bikes Weds 5-9pm, Thurs 5-9pm, Sat 10-5pm or call to make an appointment