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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 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.

10% off all reconditioned used bikes at SPOKES on Saturday, October 18

  • Bikes for SaleSaturday, October 18
  • 10am to 5pm
  • 1915 E 22nd Street (1/2 block west of Minnehaha Avenue on 22nd Street.)

We have a bunch of great rehabilitated used bikes for sale. (With winter coming, we actually have too many.) So, we’re have a one day sale. 10% off all used bikes at the Hub Mini Store @ SPOKES (only at the Hub’s SPOKES store). Saturday only. 10am to 5 pm.

All profits go to SPOKES programs. More details on Facebook.

Native American Art and Bikes Community Ride Sunday

All My Relations Gallery with bikesMeet at All My Relations Gallery (1414 E Franklin Ave). Bring your bike and helmet! Come early and get some great soup or coffee at Pow Wow Grounds (cash or credit card—on your own).

  • 1:00 PM – Tour with All my Relations Gallery staff of exhibit: “On Fertile Ground”
  • 1:45 PM- Ride to the Weisman Art Museum at UMN
  • 2:15 PM – Tour “Anishinaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag (Native Kids Ride Bikes)” at the Weisman
  • ~ 3:00 PM – Ride back to All My Relations with the group (or bike back on your own)

Between galleries, we will bicycle as a group as a slow, fun, “no-drop” ride. No one will be left behind! 4 miles total.

This event is a partnership between Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, All My Relations Gallery, Native American Community Development Institute and SPOKES Questions? info@spokesconnect.org or 612-787-7433 . More details on Facebook event here.

VOLUNTEER MECHANIC TRAININGS (Open to Everyone!)

On the 2nd Thursday of the month, we host a skills based training for current and new/aspiring SPOKES volunteer mechanics and anyone (ages 13 and up) who is interested in the topic.  The trainings are from 6 -7 PM.  Snacks will be provided for attendees.  Our regular volunteer night which is Thursday 5-9 PM happens as usual but will be from 5-6 and 7-9 on training weeks.

Open Shop at SPOKES

Here are the topics:

Thursday 10/16: All About Chains and Cogs

Chain Care, Measuring and Replacing Your Chain, Cog and Chaining inspection, Cassette and Freewheel Removal and Installation

Thursday 11/13: Single Speed Conversion Basics

Some folks prefer single speeds for winter riding.  Making your geared bike or frame into a single speed usually takes significantly more time that 1 hour, you will not build a single speed during this training.  Rather, we will explain and demonstrate important things to keep in mind with single speeds such as chain line, chain tension, chain width, gearing/ gear ratio, fixed gear vs. freewheel, and brake set up.  This training could be useful to Open Shop volunteers and others who might be answering questions from participants about creating a single speed.

Thursday 12/11: Brake and Shifting Systems Maintenance

Make sure your brakes are functionally properly and learn preventative, common maintenance such as pad replacement and cable tension adjustment.  Learn routine maintenance and adjustment to optimize your shifting system.  There will be time to practice on your own bike (or a donated bike).

Contact us with questions.  RSVP not necessary.  All are welcome .  Training topics you would like to see in 2015? Please let us know.

Late September and Early October at SPOKES

Every Week:Open shop truing wheel

  • 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

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:

  • 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:CPBL with new AAN Helmet

  • 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:

  • Ice Cream Ride – Saturday September 27th, 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