Who we are


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.

Joy and Freedom of biking–pass it on!

Joy and freedom are the sentiments we’ve heard Wheel Trueing at open shop from people we’ve helped start biking.  Some ride for basic transportation. Some ride for health. Some ride to be with their children. Some ride to save money.  They all find the joy and freedom of biking.

I want to tell you a short story about one of our participants: Hayat learned to ride a bike through SPOKES’ Learn-to-Ride course in 2013.  She then took our Earn-a-Bike course–She worked on a used bike for four weeks while learning basic bike maintenance.  In late summer 2013, she took her bike home with a helmet, lights and a lock. HayatAccording to Hayat:

The Earn a Bike program at SPOKES has opened a whole new possibility for me. Now that I have my own bike, I am able to ride around the city and this enables me to save gas money. The program also has given me confidence in using my bike frequently since I have the skills needed to fix my bike. Last but not least, riding a bike is one of best ways I can get my daily work out and is a low cost option to improving my health.

In December Hayat was elected to the board of directors of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition.  When I saw her at open shop this summer she had three big pieces of news—she was graduating from college, she was becoming a citizen of the U.S. and she had just been appointed by her city council member to the Minneapolis City Bicycle Advisory Committee.

  • Help us get more people like Hayat on bikes. To balance this year’s budget, SPOKES needs to raise $35,000 in individual donations this year. We are well on our way to that goal but we need your help. Help us give more people the joy and freedom of bicycling, please make a donation today. Donate at GiveMn.org.

Thank you,

Sheldon Mains, Director

Please Note–If you go to the GiveMN.org home page, you can not use the donation form on the home page. You have to search for “Spokes” and go to the project page (or use this link: https://givemn.org/project/SPOKES-Community-Bike-Center544564a8ca909

MATCHING FUNDSPOKES has a $3000 matching fund that we would like to earn by the end of November. Please donate now!Open Shop 2 at SPOK

Many bike parts for sale!

We have several nice bicycle components and accessories, some new and some used, for sale.Accessories 1Featured in the photo are:

  • Two All-City saddles, $30 apiece
  • Salsa Pure WTB saddle, $20
  • Shimano road shoes, size 41 (men size 7.5) and SPD cleats
  • Shimano Ultegra 600 spd pedals
  • Velodrama pink track bars, $30
  • Truvative Elita 175mm crank arms and 39t chainring
  • Shimano 105 175mm crank arms and 48t, 39t chainrings
  • Vaude waterproof cycling bag

Stop by to see our these and our complete selection during our open hours!

GT ZR 3.0 Frame/Fork for sale

We have for sale a beautiful 2001 GT ZR 3.0 road frame and fork!  The frame is 59cm, TIG-welded, 7000 butted aluminum and is fit for 700c wheels, and the fork features carbon fiber composite blades.  It comes with a stem, bars, seatpost, and derailleur hangar, and is very lightweight.  It has some small cosmetic scratches, but overall is in excellent condition.GT3Stop by the shop during our open hours and check it out!  The bike is priced with the components mentioned at $225.

Also we have a large variety of mountain, hybrid and some road frames for sale, most range from $20 – $100 and most but not all are steel frames.  Some include forks, cranksets, etc.  It is a great time to build up a winter bike or start putting together a sweet ride for next year.



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.