Call me…

Revolutions has a working phone number, again. And I even know how to check the messages!! There’s no phone in my office, yet. But no matter. If you want to call Revolutions (and most like, leave a message), you can reach us at: 901-278-6786, ext. 9

Rental Fleet, now easier to maintain!

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Thanks to the fine work of David Evans, MeganMarie Miller and Ollie Anthony, our Pilgrim House Hostel rental fleet is now much easier to maintain. Most of these bikes had an improperly machined bottom bracket that made adjusting the bottom bracket almost impossible. Last week, when a group of Revolutions members attempted to service these bikes, we couldn’t properly adjust three of the five bikes we were working on. What to do? Order new bottom brackets! They arrived this week and all were changed out on Thursday morning. This change will allow our members to do regular maintenance without the frustration of a part that just can’t be adjusted correctly!

Santa’s Helpers

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Ollie Anthony, Steve Moser, Kevin Barton and Ben Andrews working hard on kids’ bike wheels!

Many of our Revolutions members have been hard at work overhauling kids bikes for our Christmas donation program with the YMCA and Shelby Farms. For some reason, the ones in this picture didn’t like my idea that they should be wearing elf hats. But anyway, for the last four Thursdays, we’ve worked on truing wheels and cleaning out and adjusting wheel hubs. We are finally ready to move on to bottom brackets and cranksets.

Have you been thinking that you’d like to join us on a Thursday? Are you worried that you don’t know how to work on a crankset? Don’t worry! We’re all learning, together! The Christmas bike build is a great time to learn some intro bike maintenance skills. And we’d love for you to join us!

Volunteering with this program is a benefit of membership at Revolutions. Not a member, yet? You can join when you come in to the Shop!

November Classes

In November the I Can Fix That classes will be on linear pull brakes. Not sure what these are? They look like this:

Linear Brakes

And you may also know them by one of their alias names. They are a type of Cantilever brakes that are also called Direct-Pull or V-Brakes. Novembers class will cover how to change the cable and housing, evaluate the brake pads and adjust the brakes. Bring your own bike, if you have linear brakes, or use a Revolutions bike to practice.

If you would like to change out the brake cables and housing on your own bike, there will be a $10 materials fee. You can decide and pay during class.

The class sign up can be found here.

And a Warm Welcome…

Ollie Anthony

to Oliver Anthony. Ollie is participating in the First Congo SOAR program (a Season of Action and Reflection). Ollie is interested in exploring the many programs here at First Congo and helping in Revolutions Bicycle Co-Op. He worked as a cycle courier in Chicago for four years, and believes in cycling as a sustainable form of transportation and promoter of general health. Ollie also worked at a small farm in Maine, apprenticing under the intern coordinator for Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, where he enjoyed learning about growing foods organically and linking interns to working farmers and gardeners.  We look forward to working with Oliver for several months! Be sure to say hello, when you see him around the Shop!

Chats and Classes

This is beautiful riding weather! Were you out, Saturday, for the MEMFix: Edge District? I checked that our early and then rode the kids to a birthday party in the park. The sun was bright and the breeze was cool. What a great way to ride.

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Women’s Bike Chat, TODAY, 2:00 p.m.

Today, Sunday, Oct. 19 at 2:00 p.m., the Women’s Bike Chat will meet in Revolutions. Our topic is commuting. I have some new Levi’s commuter pants to show off. What can you bring? We’ll have a show and tell with gear you find useful for commuting: racks, bags, shoes, whatever. And come with thoughts and questions like what if you don’t have a shower at work? Or, do you commute all year or just in certain weather? And what about riding buddies, are you interested in finding one?

Enter through the Bike Gate and the Meditation Garden. And bring you bike, because if the weather is fine, we’ll take a short ride, afterwards.

Class Full

Monday, Oct 20, we’ll continue with this month’s I Can Fix That class on Bike Assessment. This class is now full but plan to join us next month on the 1st or 3rd Monday. We’ll be covering Linear Brakes: How to change the cable and adjust the brakes. You can sign up here.

Check out the calendar, here, for more details about what is coming up this week.

In the News!

Last Sunday was a beautiful Blessing of the Bikes, at 1st Congo.

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It must have really struck a cord with folks because we had almost fifty bikes roll in to the sanctuary. Afterwards, Rev. Cheryl Cornish and I broke a chain (our version of a ribbon cutting) to re-open Revolutions and show it off with an Open House.

 

Revolutions in the News

This was a big week for Revolutions, in the news. High Ground Memphis wrote a lovely article about our history and what we are up to, this Fall.

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And then, I saw that the PSA I filmed during GrowMemphis’ Tour de Coop came out. It was done for the Mid-South Regional Greenprint campaign. You can see mine, and others, here.

What is a Greenprint?

The regional Greenprint will include parks, greenways, bike trails and walking paths, byways, blueways, conservation lands, natural areas, wildlife management areas, open space areas, community gardens, stormwater management areas, and other similar spaces.  The scope of this plan is defined geographically by the boundaries of the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and West Memphis MPO, including jurisdictions in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas.

The development of a Regional Greenprint & Sustainability Plan will address the need for initiating long-term comprehensive land use planning in the Greater Memphis Area. The plan is designed to enhance livability and sustainability by establishing a unified vision for a regional network of green spaces in the Mid-South.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Next Saturday, October 18, is another MEMFix event, this time in The Edge district. Revolutions will host the Bike Valet and we need a few more people to help staff our booth. If you’d like to help, please email me at info@revolutionsmemphis.com.

Even if you don’t want to volunteer, please plan to ride your bike to this fun event. MEMFix: Edge District, at the intersection of Marshall and Monroe, will have a great, family-friendly lineup of vendors, pop-up shops, live bands and artists on two stages, food trucks, and all around fun – and there’s no charge to get in. Come check out the great businesses in the Edge, a pop-up planning office with tours for youth, new murals, street fixes, and new plaza spaces. The day runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Not sure exactly where The Edge is? Check out this map:

The Edge

Check out more details and read about some of the great work that’s already happening in the Edge on their Facebook page.

 

Women’s Bike Chat, Next Sunday

WBC rideDon’t forget, next Sunday, Oct 19, is the 3rd Sunday of the month. So Open Shop will be closed but Women’s Bike Chat will be on! Our topic will be commuting. Let’s have a show and tell with gear you find useful for commuting: racks, bags, shoes, whatever. And come with thoughts and questions like what if you don’t have a shower at work? Or, do you commute all year or just in certain weather? And what about riding buddies, are you interested in finding one?

Join us at 2:00 p.m. in the Bike Shop. Enter through the Bike Gate and the Meditation Garden. And bring you bike, because if the weather is fine, we’ll take a short ride, afterwards.

Other Happenings, This Week

On Monday, Oct 12, we’ll be working on Rental Fleet maintenance, in the Shop. Members are invited to join us to take care of the rental bikes. And, if we get through that work quickly enough, we’ll probably do some more work on the Christmas bikes, too.

And don’t forget that on Monday, Oct 20, we’ll continue with this month’s I Can Fix That class on Bike Assessment: What is that squeak? Where should I begin, on fixes to my bike? Join us for this basic assessment class to find out. Bring your own bike along, if you want. And sign up here.

Check out the calendar, here, for more details about what is coming up this week.

Blessing of the Bicycles

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On Sunday, Oct. 5, 1st Congo held its first Blessing of the Bicycles. This must have really struck a cord with folks because over forty people showed up on bikes, to park them in the sanctuary and receive a blessing! During the service, we had songs, prayers and readings about how bicycles help us care for all of creation. I was particularly moved by the morning’s responsive prayer, and wanted to share it here:

“A Prayer for those who Bicycle and Those who Support Them”

One:   In a world groaning under the excesses of consumption, we acknowledge the inherent goodness of simple living and transportation. We give thanks for the beauty of the bicycle.
Many: God of life, hear our prayer.

One: In a community filled with children, we pray for those learning to ride. Keep them smart, safe, and visible on their neighborhood roads.

Many: God of life, hear our prayer.

One: In a world where climate change threatens our planet and the health of all of us who share it, we give thanks for those who make choices that respect the earth.

Many: God of life, hear our prayer.

One: In a community filled with strife, we pray for the victims of road rage and bike theft. And we ask for the strength to forgive.

Many: God of life, hear our prayer.

One: In a world of work, we pray for those who build, repair, and clean our bikes and those who rely on bicycles to earn their living. Bless those who choose to not drive to work and those for whom driving isn’t even an option.

Many: God of life, hear our prayer.

One: In a community of beautiful diversity, we ask your protection and blessing on all who ride: pedi-cabbies, weekend warriors, athletes, house-less folks, students, children, eco-warriors, bike co-op anarchists, messengers, and all the others who take to the streets, bike paths, parks and mountains. Keep us safe as we ride.

Many: God of life, hear our prayer.

One: Help us to become a community which heals the earth in the choices we make, individually and as a community. Bless Revolutions Bicycle Co-Op, Sylvia as she leads and guides, and each of us who support this ministry.

Many: God of life, hear our prayer. Amen.

–adapted from a  litany by Rev. Mitch Smith

Classes and Christmas Bikes

To Market to Market SLOW Ride led by Women’s Bike Chat

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Yesterday’s SLOW Ride to the Downtown Farmers’ Market was a lot of fun. We had 26 people on bikes! And we only had one flat tire…mine (thanks MeganMarie, for bringing that extra tube!).

Welcome MeganMarie

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I want to extend a warm welcome to MeganMarie Miller. She is participating in 1st Congo’s SOAR program (a Season of Action and Reflection). She will be spending half of her hours in the Shop and in her first week, she’s already been a great help organizing, planning and working on bikes!

Christmas Bikes

Thursday began our annual Christmas Bike Build. This year we’re building/overhauling bikes for 28 kids from the YMCA. Last Thursday, we worked on truing wheels and adjusting their hubs. Don’t know how to do that? Join us this Thursday, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. and get a lot of hands on learning!!

October Classes

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Tomorrow, Monday Oct. 6, begins our October classes. This month’s topic is Bike Assessment: What is that squeak? Where should I begin, on fixes to my bike? Join us for this basic assessment class to find out. We’ll practice on Revolutions bikes. And we’ll have time to take a look at yours. So bring your own bike along, too. Class begins at 6:30 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: This Monday will be a Women’s Only class. But we’ll run this same topic on Oct 20, open to everyone. You must be a Revolutions member to attend classes. And you can join when you arrive for class.

Sign up for all classes, here.

TDOT’s 25-Year Long-Range Transportation Plan

Do you know where a really great bike route should be? Tennessee Department of Transportation is gathering info for their 25-Year Long-Range Transportation Plan. And they want to hear from us. Only 1000 people, from across the entire state, can participate. So get in their and play around with their interactive map, here.

Slow Ride, Open Shop and Christmas Bike Build!

Open Shop, Today

Join us, today, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., if your bike needs some repairs!

 

Christmas Bike Build Starts This Thursday, Oct. 2nd

Join us, each week through the beginning of December, as we build and overhaul kids’ bikes for our Christmas Bike Donation with the YMCA and Shelby Farms. We are building bikes for twenty-eight kids, so we need lots of help!!

This is a great chance to learn and practice some bike wrenching skills. We will have experienced folks in the Shop to guide and assist.

You must be a Revolutions member to participate, but you can join when you arrive at the Shop!

 

Women’s Bike Chat

Plans SLOW Ride

To Market to Market: Join us Saturday, October 4 for a ride downtown. We’ll gather at 8:15 a.m. in front of Revolutions’ new Bike Gate (on the Cooper side of the building). You can grab coffee beforehand (starting at 8:00 a.m.), at the Cooper-Young Farmers’ Market.

At 8:15, we’ll ride together to the Downtown Farmers’ Market, where we’ll take time to shop, eat and uses the bathrooms! Then we’ll ride back to Revolutions.

This will be a twelve plus mile ride. Everyone is welcome, not just women. But please note, children should only ride their own bicycles if they can handle 12+ miles on the street. We won’t ride fast, but this is not a ride for little ones on their own bikes. Also, this is a ride-at-your-own risk ride. Please bring a bicycle that is in good working condition. And Revolutions now requires that all participants wear a helmet (because we want to be good examples for the children). Please plan to bring kids along, if you can tow them in your trailer, trail-a-bike, bike seat, etc.

We’ll plan to return by 1:00 p.m.

 

Maintenance Classes to begin, in October

1st and 3rd Mondays will be class night, this Fall. October’s topic is Bike Assessment. What is that squeak? Where should I begin, on fixes to my bike? Join us for this basic assessment class to find out. We’ll practice on Revolutions bikes. And we’ll have time to take a look at yours. So bring your own bike along, too.

Class begins at 6:30 and goes until 9:00. You must be a member, to attend, but you can join when you arrive!

PLEASE NOTE: 1st Monday is reserved for a Women’s Only class. Everyone is invited to attend on the 3rd Monday! See full calendar, here.

Women’s Bike Chat, Today!

Join us for Women’s Bike Chat, TODAY, at 2:00 p.m.

This month we are discussing Slow Rides: what kind we want and when will we ride. Come with your ideas for types of rides, times and routes! And bring your bike, because if the weather is nice, we’ll take a short ride together, after the chat. Women’s Bike Chat meets in the Revolutions Shop area. Enter through the Meditation Garden. Feel free to bring your bike inside. Can’t join us, today? This group meets the 3rd Sunday of every month from 2 to 5-ish.

Tour de Coop: Chickens, Bees, Bikes and Fun!

Did you join us, yesterday, for the GrowMemphis’ Tour de Coop? We had so much fun. Here are a few pictures:

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No Open Shop, Today

Please note, we will not have Open Shop time, today. But join us next week, 2:00 to 6:00 if your bike needs some repairs!

Hours & Info


Sundays: 2:00-4:00pm, except 3rd Sundays when the Shop is closed for Women's Bike Chat

Mondays: 6:30pm-9:00pm (check calendar for what is happening!)

Thursdays: 6:30pm-9:00pm (Xmas Bike Build!)

Wee Ride Memphis

Family-friendly rides

Women’s Bike Chat

Find out more on our Facebook group, listed as: "Revolutions' Bike Chat. For women/womyn/ladies/gals/etc."

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