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.