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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.

Razor Pocket Mod Bistro Child’s Electric Scooter – $130

Pocket Mod ScooterWe have a child-sized Razor electric scooter for sale. The scooter is in good working condition with a new battery and can cruise to speeds up to 15 mph. It features a twist throttle and a hand brake, and comes with the charger and owner’s manual. It has a storage area under the seat and a kickstand. It is rated for children 12 years and older, and has a maximum weight limit of 220 lbs.

If you’d like to see the scooter or test ride it, give us a call at 612-787-7433 or email info@SpokesConnect.org  Details or Craig’s List. 

Affordable Holiday Gifts: Several nice kid bikes and a Strider – (20″ and 16 ” wheels)

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Trek Jet (red or blue we have 2):
• 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

Strider Sport:

  • Never used – very high quality
  • steel frame
  • 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)

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

SPOKES will be closed December 19 to January 3

snowman with bikeSPOKES will be closed between Friday, December 19 and January 3. We will re-open for Open Shop on Saturday January 3. No Open Shop, Volunteer Night or Grease Rag for a couple weeks.  For your winter bike and gifts for the bicyclist needs, the Hub store will be open as usual Saturdays 12/20 and 12/27, 10 AM -5 PM.  Come by and pay Joshua a visit.  Enjoy the snow.

THANKS Park Tool !!!!

SPOKES would like to sincerely and loudly say “Thank You” to Minnesota’s own Park Tool for continued support over the last two years and some recent really, really cool hand me downs/donations.  We will put these tools to good use fixing up used bikes, teaching others to do the same and promoting equity, bicycle style.

Y’all are awesome, Park Tool!

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Joy and Freedom of biking–pass it on on GIVING Tuesday!

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 our secure online donation page.

Thank you,

Sheldon Mains, Director
MATCHING FUNDSPOKES has a $3000 matching fund that we would like to earn by mid-December.  We are within $1000 of earning the match. Please give NOW!Open Shop 2 at SPOK