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For our new website, visit www.CyclesForChange.org

Cycles for Change SPOKES logoLast year at this time, the SPOKES Bike Walk Connect program in Minneapolis was deciding on its future. As many of you know, in January 2015 SPOKES merged with our long-time mentor and partner organization from St. Paul—Cycles for Change. It has been almost a year now and the merger has gone great. Some highlights:

  • With the Spokes merger, Cycles for Change is teaching a lot more adults and teens how to ride a bike. Support for the Learn-to-Ride 2015 program has come from major new funding from Health Partners, annual membership scholarships from Nice Ride, Hennepin County for classes in Hopkins and Brooklyn Park and helmets from the American Academy of Neurology.
  • With Sheldon moving on to other interests, Ana Begej took over as Manager of SPOKES. Andrew is now Shop Manager at SPOKES. Sheldon is hanging around for a year to help with merger bureaucracy, individual fundraising and implementing a comprehensive database to track participants and volunteers.
  • The Hub added Sunday hours to the retail store. With that change, SPOKES has moved the volunteer session from Thursday evenings to Sundays from noon to 4 PM.
  • SPOKES received a grant from the Hennepin County Green Partners program to continue to promote biking as an alternative to motorized transportation in diverse communities.
  • SPOKES started a community ride and skill share once a month for new riders—giving them an opportunity to continue to learn biking skills.
  • SPOKES expanded it’s training for volunteers—for people who volunteer during volunteer day, for volunteer mechanics during open shop, for trainers in the Learn to Ride program and for community ride leaders.
  • Cycles for Change’s Community Partners Bike Library program moved from it’s warehouse space in Seward to the SPOKES location to reduce costs and improve service to its participants.

 

Ride into 2016!

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The shop is closed (so no Open Shops or volunteering) during the time period listed above however, 

The Hub Store (at SPOKES) is OPEN Saturdays 12/26 and 1/2/16 from 10 AM -5 PM.

The store features high quality, repaired used bikes as well as new bike parts and accessories.  We can sell you used parts on these days as well.

If you haven’t yet made it a resolution, start visiting cyclesforchange.org for your Spokes/C4C MPLS info – the spokesconnect website will soon be taken down.

The next Open Shop at C4C MPLS will be Wed. 1/6 from 4-8 PM.  Happy New Year!

 

 

New Hours, cyclesforchange.org and please donate on GTTMD 2015

SPOKES has switched to Winter hours for the shorter days, see the side bar.  Volunteering is moving back to Thursdays but it will be 4-8 PM and those will also be the Wednesday Open Shop hours.  Saturdays will not change.  Closed Sundays – enjoy  the autumn days or read a good book.  The Grease Pit on Bloomington and 28th should be open Sunday afternoons if you need to work on a bicycle.  We have a new, redesigned Cycles for Change website, cyclesforchange.org.  It is live, but we are still tweaking it. Spokesconnect.org will be going away in the next few months so start looking to cyclesforchange.org for spokes news and updates.  We plan to keep our facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/SpokesConnect so like us and check here for news also.

Finally, please donate here on or before Give to the Max Day, November 12, 2015 (and tell your friends) to help us meet our fundraising goals for the year.  We definitely need help from as many folks as possible to continue operating and improving our programs which work to build a diverse and empowered community of bicyclists. Thanks!

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BICYCLE OVERHAUL Class at SPOKES Begins November 7th – Registration is full!

_MG_9934Our bike overhaul class will cover the adjustment, maintenance and repair of most of the major moving or adjustable parts on your bike.  It is designed as an introductory level class for basic and intermediate level bike repairs.  The only prerequisite for this class is a desire to learn.  We encourage students with little or no previous bicycle repair experience but  to sign up.  We work to create a non-intimidating, open and supportive environment at the shop where everyone will feel comfortable.

The dates and times for the class are Saturdays for 9:30 AM – 12 PM November 7, 14, 21 and December 5.  (Note no class on Nov. 28).

For this class, participants may bring their own bike or work on a bike that has been donated to SPOKES (the second option helps us to have repaired bikes for use in our Bike Library and Earn a Bike Programs so it is a form of volunteer service on your part).  If you are working on your own bike, used parts are available for purchase as are new parts.  Sorry, we do not have space for you to leave a bike you bring to SPOKES for the class with us between classes.

The classes covers the following specific topics:

How to use bike-specific tools

Clean and lubricate the stem, seatpost and chain

Bike anatomy

How to fix a flat/change a tire

Hub adjustment

Truing wheels

Brake adjustment

Chain inspection/replacement

Cable health

Shifting adjustment and maintenance

Freewheels and Cassettes: removal and installation

Bottom bracket adjustment

Headset adjustment

Instead of a registration fee for the class, we ask for donations from students who are able to donate.  A suggested amount is $10 – $50 per class or $40 – $200 total.  We don’t want money to be a barrier to learning bicycle maintenance but we do need to pay our staff, our rent/utilities and purchase supplies and tools.   You may donate in person with cash or a credit card at SPOKES or online (https://givemn.org/organization/Cycles-For-Change).  Please donate if you can and know that your donation helps us to better serve all interested participants.

Please contact us with question about the class: spokes@cyclesforchange.org or 612-787-7433.

If you are ready to sign up for the class, you can do it here:

Sorry we are full for this class.  Stay tune for 2016 classes.  Also check out class offerings from our partners at the Hub Bike Co-op Classes.

Attention New(er) Riders

Cycles for Change SPOKES logoSkill Share + “Cruisin’ Spokes” Ride.  Going on Today, Aug. 27th at 5:30 PM!!!!!

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 (August 27th)

    • 5:30 p.m. – Bike-Handling Skills, Tips ‘n Tricks
    • 6:15 p.m. – Meet for ride “Cruisin Spokes” Ride, depart at 6:30.
    • Join us for the skill-share or ride, or both!

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

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:

  • 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