Common Cycle Fall 2018 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 mobile repair stand.
Common Cycle's Fall 2018 Maintenance Course will begin Tuesday, October 9th and run on 6 consecutive Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 in Ann Arbor, concluding on November 13th. Classes will be held at Common Cycle's new workshop space at 416 W. Huron, Ann Arbor, 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. For this reason:
-If you are enrolled, we expect you to attend the majority of sessions (4+) or make clear in your application that you will not able to attend some sessions.
-If selected, we expect participants to volunteer at at least two Common Cycle events over the subsequent 12 months.
Applications close Friday, September 28th at 5:00 p.m. Please respond to
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Have you previously applied for a Common Cycle Maintenance Course, and if so, when?
Yes, the Spring 2018 Course
Yes, the Fall 2017 Course
Yes, in a previous year.
Have you participated in a Common Cycle program in the past 12 months? (Check all that apply)
Yes, in Kerrytown at the Mobile Repair Stand.
Yes, at the new 416 W. Huron space.
Yes, through the Women/Trans/Femme Program.
Yes, at another mobile 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 2019 Course (March-April) if you are not selected for the Fall 2018 Course?
Do you have any questions you'd like to ask us about the maintanence class or Common Cycle generally?
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