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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! 

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.

Attention New Riders

The SPOKES branch of Cycles for Change will be having a few classes to help you continue to develop you bike riding skills:

4th Thursday Skill-Share and Community Ride

  • Want to learn other bike-related skills, or get better at riding on the streets and trails?
  •  Want to get into a habit of riding more regularly

Where: Spokes bike shop, 1915 E. 22nd St., Minneapolis, 55404 (NOT Matthews Park!)

When:

  • 5:30 p.m. – Bus-Bike Commuting
  • 6:15 p.m. – Meet for ride at Spokes, depart at 6:30.
  • Join us for the skill-share or ride, or both!

Snacks will be provided.  The skill-share is classroom-only, no bike or riding skills necessary.  For the ride, we will be riding on trails and some roads.  Bring your bike and water.  If you need to borrow a bike, RSVP by emailing ana@cyclesforchange.org or call 612-787-7433.

What:  A skill-share is for everyone! If you know a few things about bus-bike commuting, come to share. If you want to learn something new, come do that, too!  All levels of comfort with the topic are welcome.  You are welcome to come to the skill- share and not the ride

Upcoming skill-share topics:

  • August 27th – Bike-Handling Tips ‘n Tricks
  • September 24th – Loading Up: carrying trailers & cargo

Refresher Courses

Don’t feel ready to hit the road, and want to spend some more time on pedaling, turning braking, and controlling your bike?  Back by popular demand, we have several more Refresher Courses scheduled for this summer.  Think of it as Learn to Ride… More!

  • Thursday August 13th, 5:30-7pm
  • Thursday September 10th, 5:30-7pm
  • Thursday October 8th, 5:30-7pm

Classes will meet at Matthews Park Tennis Courts.  Bikes will be provided, bring your helmet! RSVPs requested, email ana@cyclesforchange.org, or call 612-787-7433

Nice Ride Class

Want to try out one of those green Nice Ride bikes?  See if Nice Ride is for you? Join us Thursday  August 20th at 5:30pm at the Nice Ride station at Franklin & 28th to try checking out and riding a Nice Ride bike.  RSVP by emailing ana@cyclesforchange.org or calling 612-787-7433

Ride your bike to to the Wild Springs Festival with C4C

Come play with us! We’re excited to team up again this year with Lily Springs Farm and Eat for Equity Minneapolis at the 3rd annual Wild Springs Festival! Join us on August 22-23 for a weekend of food, music, and community. Get your tickets for the annual celebration August 22 – 23 in Osceola, WI. Camp the night under the stars.

All food and beverages are included in your ticket. Tickets for the whole weekend are $75 and include the bike ride. (Cycles for Change will receive $25 as a donation which we can use to fund our programming for each person who bikes to the festival. Groups of 4 or more folks buying tickets at the same time will also receive a $25 discount per ticket!). Get tickets and more info here.

Wild Springs Festival

RIDE DETAILS: The supported bike ride to Lily Springs Farm will leave from SPOKES in MPLS at 9 AM (arrive between 8 and 8:30) to check in and load your gear into the gear wagon.  St. Paul Riders can meet at 9:30  at Como Park.  We may not have a bag pick up at Como park and would request that anyone meeting the group in St. Paul who would like to have their bags driven to Lily Springs drop of their bags at SPOKES Thursday or Friday.

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For the return ride on Sunday – there will be an early group leaving at 8:30/9:00 AM and a later group leaving at 10:30/11 AM.

The ride from MPLS is 55 miles. (Note: mileages are leaving from SPKES location in Minneapolis).  It is relatively flat route but there are a few small to moderate hills at different points, especially upon entering WI.  The ride uses roads with bike lanes, broad shoulders, the U of M transitway, the Gateway trail, and some low traffic country roads.  It is a really pleasant and beautiful route.  About 20 miles is on a trail or bike/bus route.  You will be on roads with cars and there are a few sections where you cross busy intersections and short stretches where you will be riding in the shoulder next to heavier vehicle traffic.  Most folks with moderate fitness level can complete this ride, even if they have never done a ride of this length before, and the ride leader and volunteers really want to support these riders and make this a positive experience.  If you are not used to riding longer distances (30+ miles) except this to be challenging.   Commuters who ride 8 – 20 miles more than once a week should be able to complete the ride.

Minors must be accompanied by adults on the ride.  13 years old is the suggested minimum age.

Route, rider preparation and bike preparation questions: Andrew Magill: Andrewm@cyclesforchange.org; 612-787-7433.

Anyone who signs up for a 2-3 hour volunteer shift will receive $25 off registration.  Cycles for Change can use about 4-6 volunteers.  Contact Andrew Magill about this before your register if you have an interest in volunteering.  Eat for Equity needs volunteers to help prep food in the days leading up to the festival and during it.  These volunteers should email Emily at Eat for Equity when they register to set up their volunteer shift.

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

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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.