Winter Cycling Congress


From the Winter Cycling Congress 2016 website: The Winter Cycling Congress will be held February 2-4, 2016 in Minneapolis and St. Paul. This is a three-day professional development event uniting a diverse and international group of people with a shared vision of increasing bicycling and walking among people of all ages and abilities through the winter. Now, in its fourth year, the Winter Cycling Congress aims to deliver a vibrant exchange about the use of the bicycle in a season when there are real and perceived barriers preventing people from realizing all the benefits year-round cycling can support in terms of health, wealth, happiness and equality.

Cycles for Change will be presenting a breakout session on Thursday titled “Breaking down invisible (and visible) barriers to equity on the bike.” In this session, participants will learn how the bicycle has been a tool for improving quality of life and building a diverse and empowered community of people who ride bikes. They will hear from instructors, students, and volunteers about the important role nonprofit organizations have played in promoting bicycling–particularly through adult learn to ride courses–in three very different cities: Detroit, Minneapolis, and Amsterdam.

C4C is also co-sponsoring a pre-conference event Monday, February 1, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Details here:

Find more info at:

Job Posting: Bike Grant Program Mechanic

Please find full job description and application requirements at Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

Primary Duties:

  • Repair used bicycles for free bike program to a high degree of quality that ensures the safety and reliability of each bike
  • Meet deadlines for bike repair schedule and keep an up-to-date inventory of the stock of bicycles
  • Perform tune-ups on Bike Library participant bikes
  • Keep the shop clean and orderly
  • Help with shop projects as needed, including organizing storage or preparing bikes for recycling
  • As interest and skills dictate, support additional direct programming by teaching classes and staffing programming like C4C’s free Open Shop
  • Attend bi-weekly staff meetings and other appropriate organizational planning meetings


  • Demonstrated professional-level expertise in bike mechanics and repair
  • A minimum of 2 years bike shop experience
  • Experience and knowledge of older bicycles (pre-1995)
  • Commitment to excellent quality control in all bike repair
  • Commitment to bikes as a sustainable, healthy, reliable transportation option
  • Ability to commit to working for a minimum of 12 weeks after start date
  • Ability to explicitly talk about racial, economic, and gender justice and equity in the biking movement preferred

Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at midnight

Holidays Hours/Closing Starts Next Week


Our St. Paul and Minneapolis shops will be closed Tues., Dec. 22 through Sun., Jan. 3. There will be no retail hours or shop programming at the St. Paul shop during this time and no shop programming at the Minneapolis shop. Minneapolis retail will be open Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 from 10a-5p. We will resume normal hours and programming in both shops on Mon., Jan. 4, 2016. Thank you!


Youth Bike Summit 2016 Call for Workshop Proposals


Have an awesome idea for a workshop about bicycling and social justice? The Youth Bike Summit is now accepting workshop proposal applications for the 2016 summit to be held on May 27-29, 2016 in St. Paul, MN, hosted by Cycles for Change. We are particularly excited about youth-led and interactive workshops. Deadline to submit workshop proposals is Feb. 12, 2016. Please share this with anyone you think is interested in presenting! We are looking forward to hearing all your great ideas for the next Youth Bike Summit!

Let’s build momentum!

Download the application here.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

This Weekend: Visit Artist Leann E. Johnson at Seward Winter Frolic


The Seward Winter Frolic is a free weekend art crawl in the Seward neighborhood! It will take place December 5-6, 2015 and will include art, music, performances, food, and beverages! Please visit artist Leann E. Johnson, who will be exhibiting at Faith Mennonite Church (2720 E. 22nd Street). Leann is a friend of Cycles for Change and Spokes, and is donating 5% of the sales of her beautiful hand-glazed ceramic tiles to C4C!

Thanksgiving Week Hours












St. Paul hours:
Regular Wednesday Hours
Retail 12-8pm
Open Shop 4-8pm
CLOSED Thursday
Regular Saturday Hours
Retail 12-5pm
Open Shop 12-5pm

Minneapolis hours:
CLOSED Wednesday
CLOSED Thursday
CLOSED Saturday

Give to the Max Day is Tomorrow, Nov. 12!


Tomorrow, November 12, 2015, is Give to the Max Day in Minnesota and Cycles for Change is raising $10,000 to continue to build an empowered and diverse community of bicyclists.

*Join us at our St. Paul shop (712 University Ave.) from 12-8 p.m. for a special Open Shop! Come get your bike ready for winter, or just stop and say hi!

*Join us at our Minneapolis shop (1915 E. 22nd St.) from 4-8 p.m. for Volunteer Night! Special offer for Minneapolis shop: 20% off regular pricing for all used parts and accessories Nov. 11-12, 2015 when you mention the code phrase “Give to the Max for C4C’s Youth Apprenticeship Program.” (offer does NOT include complete bicycles)

*We will also be participating in Bike Trivia at Fair State Brewing at 7 p.m.! Join us:

Your donation on Give to the Max Day also may help us receive an additional donation of $1,000. Every gift made on Nov. 12 on will be entered into an hourly drawing for a $1,000 Golden Ticket to be awarded to a nonprofit organization. That adds up to 24 opportunities for you to help us receive an extra $1,000! (So, time your donation carefully—many people might not be up at 3 a.m. donating!)

Even more exciting: Two donations made on, one at noon and one at the end of the day, will be randomly selected to receive a $10,000 Super-Sized Golden Ticket! The more gifts we generate on on Nov. 12, the more our chances increase to receive that additional $10,000 donation!

Our goal is to raise $5,000 in these 24 hours for our Youth Apprenticeship and $5,000 for our Bike Library. Find the page to donate here:

Thank you for your support of Cycles for Change!

Diverse Bicyclists, Diverse Needs: Cycles for Change Community Conversations

NRN and community convo participant

Cycles for Change is always seeking to use information and input from participants and our community to improve our programs and respond more effectively to the needs of our community. Recently, C4C implemented a Community Conversations project, where more than 75 residents from our neighborhood and our programs provided input into the key priorities of our organization. This input is helping inform our decision to grow our youth apprenticeship, expand our program offerings in our community, raise more money, and grow our operation to meet the bicycle and transportation needs of more people in the Twin Cities.

This project was made possible by funding from the Bush Foundation Community Innovation grant.

Read the report: “Diverse Bicyclists, Diverse Needs: Cycles for Change Community Conversations.”

Bicycle Overhaul Class at SPOKES Begins November 7th



Our 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 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 from 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 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 ( 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: [email protected] or 612-787-7433.

If you are ready to sign up for the class, you can do so here.