Common Cycle Fall 2019 Maintenance Course Application
Common Cycle's bi-annual maintenance courses are intended to help train future volunteers and community members by providing hands-on experience and general knowledge about fixing bicycles and assisting people who come to our bicycle co-op.
Common Cycle's Fall 2019 Maintenance Course will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 pm, beginning October 8th and run for 6 consecutive weeks, concluding on November 12th. Classes will be held at the Common Cycle Co-op, located at 416 W Huron St Suite #11, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. We cover a range of repair and maintenance from basic (e.g. tube change, brake adjustment) to advanced (e.g. hub overhaul, wheel truing).
The course is capped at 15 students so that everyone will have some time and space to do hands-on work. No advance knowledge of bike repair is required, just an interest in learning more. Students may bring in their own bikes which we will diagnose as needed and use for demonstration.
*Although this is a low/no-cost course, we ask you to respect the large amount of volunteer work that goes into facilitating and teaching the course.
*If you are enrolled, we expect you to attend the majority of sessions (4+) or make clear in your application that you will not be able to attend some sessions.
*If selected, we ask that participants volunteer at at least two Common Cycle events over the subsequent 12 months (these can be while you're enrolled in the class as a way to compliment your work in class).
Applications close Sunday, September 22nd at 12:00 am midnight. Please respond to
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Have you previously applied for a Common Cycle Maintenance Course, and if so, when?
Yes, the Spring 2019 Course
Yes, the Fall 2018 Course
Yes, in a previous year.
Have you participated in a Common Cycle program in the past 12 months? (Check all that apply)
Yes, at the new 416 W. Huron space.
Yes, through the Women/Trans/Femme Program.
Yes, at another mobile pop-up event.
In order to enroll in the class, I would like to...
write a 250 word essay on why I would like to take the course (please see next question for short essay option).
Why do you want to take part in the Common Cycle Maintenance Course? (250 word essay)
*Mandatory* if used in lieu of payment and *optional* if you would like to donate $25.
What is your current level of comfort doing basic bicycle maintenance?
(This could include changing a flat tire, oiling a chain, or adjusting brakes)
Not comfortable at all
What is your current level of comfort doing advanced bicycle maintenance?
(This could include installing a headset, or adjusting or overhauling a bearing or cable system)
Not comfortable at all
Are you able to attend all or most (4 or more) of the 6 classes in this course?
(This may be taken into account when selecting applicants.)
Are you able to commit to volunteering at Common Cycle's workspace, at another Common Cycle event, or through some other means on least two occasions in the 12 months following this course?
(This is not a prerequisite, but it is strongly encouraged. It may be taken into account when selecting applicants.)
What do you hope to learn as a result of taking part in this course?
Is there anything specific you would like us to cover in the course?
Are you interested in taking part in the Spring 2020 Course (Mar-Apr) if you are not selected for the Fall 2019 Course?
Do you have any questions you'd like to ask us about the maintanence class or Common Cycle generally?
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