Who we are


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! 

SPOKES is at 1915 East 22nd Street, Minneapolis (1/2 block west of Minnehaha Avenue on 22nd Street, 1 block south of Franklin Avenue, 1 block east of the 22nd Street exit on the Hiawatha LRT (Blue Line) bike and pedestrian trail).

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

Help us get more people biking! Join our Bike-a-Thon on June 20

Bike a ThonBecause of the rain (never trust a weather forecast in Minnesota), the Bike-a-thon is rescheduled for Saturday, June 20. If you couldn’t participate on the 13, maybe you can on the 20th–details below.
C4C’s annual Bike-a-Thon is fast approaching–Saturday, June 20! Bike-a-Thon is one of our favorite ways to fundraise, meet the people who are excited about the work we do, and get out and enjoy the Minnesota summer! Bike-a-Thon asks riders to pledge a set amount to ride that goes towards our shop programming and supports our mission of building a diverse and empowered community of cyclists.

Cycles for Change has a $10,000 matching grant from the Pohlad foundation that we need to earn by raising $10,000 from individual donors.  Every dollar donated during the Bike-a-Thon will count toward earning that match. Help us!

NOTE! Event is still June 13 (Please register– see link about) but we’ve extended the fundraising deadline to June 20.

Bike skill share and ride at SPOKES

Group going on community ride


4th Thursday of every month

We will be having a slow, cruising ride every 4th Thursday this summer, which will be coupled with a bike-related skill share.  You are invited to attend both skill share and ride, or just one of them!
5:30pm – Skillshare on a bike-related topic
6:15pm – Meet for ride, roll out at 6:30pm
WHERE: Meet at Spokes, 1915 E 22nd St, Minneapolis MN 55404
Skillshare schedule:
  • May 28th – Fix a flat tire
  • June 25th – Roadside repairs
  • July 23rd – Bus Bike Commuting
  • August 27th – Bike Handling Tips n Tricks
  • September 24th – Loading Up: Racks & Trailers
RSVPs are helpful to plan for how many to expect for the classes & rides.

Used Parts Sale, Bike Swap and Sale

Bike Swap PictureWHEN: Saturday May 16th, 9am-12pm

WHERE: Spokes, 1915 E 22nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55404

WHAT: Bike Swap and Sale and Used Bike Parts Sale

You will be able to:

  • Buy a used bike, as-is
  • Swap your current bike for another—a bike-for-bike trade!
  • Buy some great used parts

All bikes will be in “as-is” condition, and may need additional work– customers will be able to purchase parts and work on swapped bikes during special open-shop hours that morning. Don’t know how? No problem, mechanics will be available to help you fix your bike yourself!

QUESTIONS? Email spokes@cyclesforchange.org , or call 612-787-7433

DONATIONS ACCEPTED! We will also be accepting bicycle donations for the event—they will be used to support programs at Cycles for Change, whether fixed for sale, other programs, or as a swap bike.

Do you want to learn how to ride a bike?

Sorry, all our classes for 2015 are full and have waiting lists.

Do you want to learn how to ride a bike? Maybe you never learned how to ride. Maybe you haven’t ridden a bike for 30 years and want to try it again. The SPOKES location of Cycles for Change is again offering our Learn-to-Ride course.

In four hour-and-a-half classes we start with putting you on a bike that is short enough that both your feet can touch the ground. Then we send one or two sessions (it depends on the individual) on you learning how to balance. We progress to braking, peddling, turning and other safe riding skills. The class is open to anyone over 13 years old (we’ve had a couple students close to 70 years old). Click here for more information about the course. 

IMG_0179 2We now have five or our learn to ride courses scheduled. The courses will start in mid-April.  The course is free (but we do ask for a donation). We provide a helmet and a bike to use at the class. Click here for the schedule and how to register. 

If you want more about the course:

The learn-to-ride a bike course was featured on WCCO-TV’s Saturday morning local news. Some great video.  You can also check out the story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The Star Tribune also has a fun video about the program.

A BIG THANK YOU to Health Partners for the significant financial support they are providing to the Learn-to-Ride program for 2015!

HealthPartners logoTwo other organizations deserve a significant thank you:


Nice Ride donated one year memberships for our 2015 Learn-to-Ride students–They can keep practicing on Nice Ride bikes until they get one of their own.

AAN-logoAmerican Academy of Neurology has donated helmets for all of our 2015 students!

Spring Bike Kick-off Wednesday, May 13

Kick-off Bike parking

Bike-week Wednesday– May 13, 5 to 7 pm

Kick off the biking season with Cycles for Change!  This year we’re partying at our Minneapolis SPOKES location.  There will be:

  • food,
  • bike games,
  • door prizes,
  • connect with other bikers, and
  • a chance to check out the space.

This will be a fun, informal gathering– bring a dish to share if you’d like! A grill will be available.