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SPOKES Bike Walk Connect Cycles for Change SPOKES logois a community biking and walking center. It is the south Minneapolis branch of Cycles for Change. Our mission is to build a diverse and empowered community of bicyclists. 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 Hiawatha LRT (Blue Line) 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. Cycles for Change is a nonprofit and, of course, we would really appreciate a donation! 

For programs in St. Paul and the Community Partners Bike Library, visit the Cycles for Change website.

Calling all Volunteer Mechanics

MLK Day volunteers at SPOKESThursday February 26th at 6 PM (during our regular volunteer night), we will have a 45 minute training regarding our repair standards for the bikes that we (volunteers and staff) transform from dusty donations into shiny sale bikes.  Joe from the Hub will lead this training.  He will cover topics such as inspecting a frame for damage (in addition to being a very experienced mechanic, Joe is a local frame builder) when to replace tires or brake pads, standards for wheels, how to check a headset and what the next steps are after a volunteer has finished work on a bike.

The training is intended for current and brand new volunteer mechanics.  Whether you are a regular volunteer or you have never been to SPOKES, you are encouraged to attend and to consider staying to volunteer after the training (or coming at 5 to volunteer for an hour prior).  We will have some good snacks to share.   RSVP is NOT required but as always, contact us with questions.  We hope you can make it!

Volunteer night at SPOKES happens every Thursday between 5 and 9 PM.

A big change at SPOKES you may not notice

SPOKES Cycles for Change LogoOn January 1, we had a big change: SPOKES merged with Cycles for Change, a community bike center headquartered in St. Paul. The two community bike centers have very similar programs. Also, Cycles for Change provided fantastic support to SPOKES when it was starting two and a half years ago. We will keep SPOKES great staff, location, programs, and hours. . However, the merger means that we will no longer be a program of the Seward Neighborhood Group. We will miss SNG; SNG has been unbelievably in its support of SPOKES’ in its first two and a half years. (THANK YOU SNG!)

SPOKES is actually merging with an old friend. There hasbeen a long history of collaboration between SPOKES and Cycles for Change (as long as that a two and a half year old program can have):

  • Most of SPOKES’ programs and policies were designed using Cycles for Change’s programs as a template.
  • For its first year, SPOKES contracted with Cycles for Change to provide staff support for the Learn-to-Ride program and Open Shop.
  • SPOKES has been a branch of Cycles for Change’s Community Partners Bike Library Program for the last two years.

In addition, SPOKES is joining some old friends: Cycles for Change’s current Executive Director (Jason Tanzman) and current board president (Katya Pilling) were the two people responsible for the original idea of starting a community bike center in Seward. Katya also wrote the grant application that funded the start-up of SPOKES. Reme, the shop manager at Cycles for Change, helped out at SPOKES during Open Shop and Grease Rag in 2013.

For Seward Neighborhood Group, this change frees-up capacity to start other new and creative activities. And even though we are no longer a program of SNG, SPOKES will continue to partner with SNG on activities in the neighborhood.

For Cycles for Change and SPOKES, the benefits include:

  • SPOKES will be part of a larger organization that has a board and staff who are all about getting more people biking.
  • Cycles for Change has some exciting youth programs that will expand to the SPOKES location.
  • With locations on both sides of the river, Cycles for Change and SPOKES can work together to become a regional voice in bike advocacy.
  • SPOKES has an established record of working with the East African Community. Cycles for Change has an established record of working with the Latino/Latina community.
  • SPOKES’ adult Learn-to-Ride program (initially based on curriculum developed by Cycles for Change) will expand to serve more people who have never learned to ride a bike.
  • Volunteers from both organizations will have even more choices of ways and when to volunteer.
  • Cycles for Change and SPOKES will be able to share each others experience, expertise and enthusiasm.

With this merger, both organizations will be able to be even more effective in our work of building a diverse and empowered community of bicyclists in the Twin Cities.

Used bikes for shorter riders available!

Hello all!  We have a very good selection of refurbished used bikes for riders 5’4″ and under in our store which is operated by The Hub Bike Co-op.  Here are photos of a few. More bikes are added every week.  All sale bikes have been overhauled and then checked by two professional mechanics.  Come down for a test ride Saturdays 10-5 and Wednesdays 5-9 or by appointment.  We will be adding Sunday hours in late March! Taller folks, don’t worry, we have some great bikes for y’all also- we will post a few of those next time.

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Sign Up Now for Earn-A-Bike Classes in March and May

Need a bicycle for Spring but low on cash?  Our March and May  Earn-A-Bike Classes are open for registration! The March class will be Saturday mornings from 9 AM-12 PM.  it begins March 7 and runs for four weeks.    There will also be a class in May on Tuesday evenings from 6-9 P.M. beginning May 5th.  Classes are taught by SPOKES pro mechanics with assistance from trained volunteers.  For more information about the Earn-a-Bike Program at SPOKES, go here.  To sign up, please compete the form below or you may call us at 612-787-7433.  Please call or email info@spokesconnect.org with questions. Featured image

Midwinter Bike Tuneup Class–Starts MONDAY

Bike Parts DrawingAttention! Midwinter Bicycle Tuneup Class will be happening on Monday, January 19– 6-8:30pm, at SPOKES!

Learn the basics about your bike, how to clean and adjust your brakes & shifting, and what to do and look for to keep it running well in the wintery months. There is still space in the class, so sign up by emailing info@spokesconnect.org!

Affordable New Year’s Gifts: Several nice kid bikes and a Strider – (20″ and 16 ” wheels)

Strider Sport Balance Bike:

  • High quality design/construction
  • Never used
  • 16 inch wheels
  •  front and rear handbrake
  • this “scooter bike” teaches kids to balance on a bicycle but is push-powered (pedals- but no chain – allows child to coast and rest feet)!
  • $150 ($100 off new)

Trek Jet (red):
• aluminum frame
• 20 inch wheels
• coaster brake and rear hand brake
• $80
Specialized Hot Rock (purple):
• aluminum frame
• 20 inch wheels
• coaster brake and rear hand brake
• $60

All refurbished bikes have been inspected and repaired by mechanics at SPOKES.  These four are in great shape!

More photos here: http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/bik/4810071111.html