A Rodeo Job?

A Rodeo with the Ambassadors

A big thank you to all of our volunteers, and a special shout out to Principal Nelson, for joining us, for a great Bike Rodeo, yesterday.

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Principal Nelson got an early lead in the Slow Bike Race. Careful! It’s last one over the line who wins!!

New Retail Hours!

Thanks to our new mechanic, Doug, Revolutions is now open on Saturdays. And Thursday afternoons! You can’t wrench on your own bike. But you can buy one of ours! Or get a tube, or get Doug to fix a derailleur. Check out our new hours:

Hours for Retail, Service, Rentals
Thursdays 2:00-9:00
Saturdays 8:30-3:30
Sundays 2:00-6:00

Workshop Hours for Members
Sundays 2:00-6:00 (Open Shop)
Mondays 6:30-9:00
Thursdays 6:30-9:00

Job Posting

The new Bike Walk Memphis is looking to hire a Program Coordinator. Do you know someone who should apply? See the full job posting here.

 

What’s Happening This Week
April 24-May 1

Sunday:
2:00-6:00 p.m.   
Members’ Open Shop,
plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!

Monday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    Training Fleet Overhaul Night

Thursday:
2:00-9:00 p.m.    Retail Shop open for Retail, Service and Rentals (New Hours!)
6:30-9:00 p.m.    
 Training Fleet Overhaul Night

Friday:
10:00 a.m.              First Congo Easy Riders TriCycles ride

Saturday
8:30 am-3:30 pm Retail Shop open for Retail, Service and Rentals (New Hours!)

10:00-11:30 a.m.  Community Bike Rodeo
 at the Cooper-Young Community Farmers’ Market

Sunday:
2:00-6:00 p.m.     Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!

Coming Up, Soon!

Monday, May 16:
6:30-9:00:               Fix a Flat

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June 6-10: Summer Camps for Rising 4th, 5th, & 6th graders
June 13-17: Summer Camps for Rising 7th, 8th, & 9th graders
June 20-24: Summer Camps for Rising 10th, 11th, & 12th graders

The Fun We’re Having

It’s hard to show you how much fun we’re having with the Bicycle Ambassadors. The school district doesn’t allow us to take pictures of the children! But I think the fact that seven or eight adults are showing up every week to help out says this program is one to be a part of.

This week, our two new riders almost mastered learning to ride. In fact, three of our volunteers are bringing their kindergartners and first grader to the club meetings. And those kids have learned to ride, too!

For the more experienced riders, we continued our skill practice of stopping and signaling at intersections. Then, we tried out the bike lanes on McLean and Cooper! While we were warming up, we took a ride from Young Ave, down Barksdale, to new Elsey. On the way, I overheard one Bicycle Ambassador comment to his friend, “I didn’t know we were leaving Cooper-Young, today. I mean, we’re still in Midtown, but we’re not in Cooper-Young.” (We were a mere four blocks from the school. But I’m sure it felt like we were covering a lot of ground, rolling along as we were). And in the end, they road a total of three miles!

Thanks to all of you who donated and built bikes and those who are coming out to help. This program is not just about getting kids on bicycles. We are connecting neighbors and giving these kids a new freedom to move about our city!

A Sad Goodbye and a Happy Hello

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We are extremely grateful to Melinda Parra, who acted as our consulting mechanic for the last six months. She provided excellent advice and expertise around the Shop. And she turned out a lot of Overhaul’d bikes. We’re sad to say goodbye as Melinda moves on to Washington DC. But we wish her the best in her new bicycling adventures!

 

We are pleased to welcome Doug DuBose, to the Shop. If you’ve  been in recently on a IMG_5327Monday or Thursday, you may have already met him. Doug says of himself,

“I love bikes and I’ve been riding since I was five years old. It’s the easiest and most fun way to stay in shape. I’ve been wrenching, at the pro level, for five years, but I’ve worked with tools all of my life. I prefer road riding, mostly, because I can just walk outside and start riding, as opposed to going somewhere by car and then starting a ride.”

We’re pleased to have Doug in the Shop for 30 hours per week. He will be helping us raise money for our programs by overhauling bikes to sell, fixing up bikes for folks who don’t want to do it themselves and answering our hard questions.  And starting next weekend, we will again be open on Saturdays for retail and service. Welcome, Doug!

Women’s Bike Chat — TODAY at 2:00 p.m.!

If it’s not rainy, let’s swap bicycles for our post-chat ride. Bring a favorite to show the group. Tell us why you like it. Then try out someone else’s favorite! Revolutions also has several you can try out. Cargo bikes, anyone?!

For our chat, we’re talking about spring and summer plans, plus making more bike art.

We hope you’ll join us!

Basic Bike Assessment Class — Tomorrow!

This month’s 3rd Monday class is Basic Bike Assessment. Have you been wondering about how you could get involved, at Revolutions? This class serves as a great introduction. You will have a chance to look over your bike and make a list of all the things you would like to work on. Join us, Monday, April 18, at 6:30. This class is for FREE and for members only. But you can join online, or when you show up!

And on Saturday…

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What’s Happening This Week
April 17–24

Sunday:
2:00 p.m.              Women’s Bike Chat
2:00-6:00 p.m.   
Members’ Open Shop,
plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!

Monday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    Training Fleet Overhaul Night

Thursday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    
 Training Fleet Overhaul Night

Friday:
10:00 a.m.              First Congo Easy Riders TriCycles ride

Saturday
8:30a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Retail Shop Open
10:00-11:30 a.m.  Community Bike Rodeo
 at the Cooper-Young Community Farmers’ Market

Sunday:
2:00-6:00 p.m.     Members’ Open Shop,
plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!

Coming Up, Soon!

Monday, May 16:
6:30-9:00:               Fix a Flat

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June 6-10: Summer Camps for Rising 4th, 5th, & 6th graders

June 13-17: Summer Camps for Rising 7th, 8th, & 9th graders

June 20-24: Summer Camps for Rising 10th, 11th, & 12th graders

Rides and Rodeos

Orange Mound Slow Roll

We had another great tour of Orange Mound, yesterday. We gathered up, at the Orange Mound Community Center, where we checked that everybody’s bike was running well. Explore Bike Share brought two bikes for folks to try out. And eight people rode the Revolutions Rental Fleet. Our friend, Dwayne Jones led us on a guided tour of Orange Mound, sharing history and interesting facts. Do you know about My Cup of Tea? They operate out of The House Orange Mound, packing specialty teas. These are sold online and at the Downtown Farmers’ Market.

The Orange Mound Slow Roll will ride every two weeks. Check out their Facebook page for details on upcoming rides.

Another chance to Slow Roll

On Saturday, April 16 at 9:30 a.m., join us for a Slow Roll to Overton Park. Revolutions is partnering with Outdoor Afro-Memphis, for this ride. Join us!

Women’s Bike Chat — Next Sunday

Join us to talk about bicycles! We meet at 2:00 p.m. and we take a short ride afterwards. Bring your own bike, or rent one of ours!

Basic Bike Assessment

This month’s 3rd Monday class is Basic Bike Assessment. Have you been wondering about how you could get involved, at Revolutions? This class serves as a great introduction. You will have a chance to look over your bike and make a list of all the things you would like to work on. Join us, Monday, April 18, at 6:30. This class is for FREE and for members only. But you can join online, or when you show up!

Mark your calendars!

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Who’s Riding the TriCycles?

Join us Fridays at 10:00 a.m. at the Overton Park Golf Clubhouse, to ride.

What’s Happening This Week
April 10 — 17

Sunday:
2:00-6:00 p.m.   Members’ Open Shop,
plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!

Monday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    Training Fleet Overhaul Night

Tuesday:
4:00-8:00 p.m.
    Free Tax Preparation help, in Cafe Congo

Thursday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    
 Training Fleet Overhaul Night

Friday:
10:00 a.m.              First Congo Easy Riders TriCycles ride

Saturday
9:30 a.m.                 Group ride with Revolutions and Outdoor Afro – Memphis.

Sunday:
2:00 p.m.                
Women’s Bike Chat
2:00-6:00 p.m.     
Members’ Open Shop,
plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!

Coming Up, Soon!

Monday, April 18:
6:30-9:00:             Basic Bike Assessment

Friday, April 22:
10:00 a.m.             First Congo Easy Riders TriCycles ride

Saturday, April 23:
10:00-11:30 a.m.   Community Bike Rodeo at the Cooper-Young Community Farmers’ Market

Monday, May 16:
6:30-9:00:               Fix a Flat

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June 6-10: Summer Camps for Rising 4th, 5th, & 6th graders

June 13-17: Summer Camps for Rising 7th, 8th, & 9th graders

June 20-24: Summer Camps for Rising 10th, 11th, & 12th graders

Easy Rider TriCycles

Come Ride with us!

Easy Rider TriCycle Rides for Seniors: Fridays, this Spring, at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. 

Join Revolutions Bicycle Cooperative, at the Overton Park Golf Clubhouse, to get on TriCycles. We take leisurely rides through the Old Growth Forest’s paved path. No spandex required for this ride! Instead, wear something comfortable, slacks are preferred, and any shoe you are comfortable walking in. We have 10 TriCycles available. Drop-in, no-reservation-required rides are every Friday at 10:00 a.m., through April 29, unless the weather is bad. We are also scheduling groups to ride with us, at 11:00 a.m. Want to schedule a ride? Call Sylvia at 901-726-6409 or email at info@revolutionsmemphis.com

  • Who: Seniors from around the Memphis area
  • What: FREE Group rides on Easy Rider TriCycles, provide by the City of Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods.
    • Rides are lead by volunteers with Revolutions Bicycle Cooperative, a community bicycle shop housed at First Congregational Church, in Cooper-Young.
    • We have 10 TriCycles available. If more than 10 show up, we’ll take turns!
    • You do NOT need to know how to ride a bike, to ride a TriCycle
  • When: Friday mornings at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m., in April.
    • 10:00 a.m. Drop in Rides.
    • 11:00 a.m. Group rides scheduled for specific groups from Senior Community Centers, residential centers, etc.
    • Call us to schedule your group: (901)726-6409
    • Or email: info@revolutionsmemphis.com
  • Where: Meet at the Overton Park Golf Clubhouse.
    • We’ll ride together along the paved path in the Old Growth Forest.
    • See a map and find directions, here.
  • Why: Riding is fun! The Easy Rider TriCycles provide a great way to get out with friends, enjoy the fresh air and get a bit of exercise.
  • How: These Friday morning group rides are free!
    • Just show up,to ride with us at 10:00 a.m.
    • Call us to schedule your group for the 11:00 a.m. ride. (901)726-6409
    • We have 10 TriCycles available, so if there are more then 10, we’ll take turns riding.
    • Seniors are also welcome to bring their own bicycles and tricycles, to ride along with the group.

Look at the fun we’re having!

 

 

Ticket to Ride

This month, we have two Saturday morning rides and a Community Bike Rodeo, planned. Are you ready to get rolling with us?

On April 9, at 8:30 a.m., we’re meeting at Revolutions to head over to the Orange Mound Slow Roll. We’ll join up with our Orange Mound friends to tour the neighborhood.

April 16, at 9:30 a.m., we’re partnering with Outdoor Afro-Memphis for a Slow Roll to Overton Park. We’ll cruise through the Old Growth Forest paved path, view the Bike Gate and wave to the revelers on the Greensward.

Join us in front of the Revolutions Bike Gate, for both of these rides.

Community Bike Rodeo: April 23

Details coming soon. But mark your calendars, now, for this great community event. Our Bicycle Ambassadors will help host because they want to help more folks learn to ride bicycles for transportation!

 

Classes at Revolutions

Last Monday was our Fix a Flat class, and we had 8 people gathered. I think it’s safe to sayIMG_3527 that most people do not learn how to fix a flat when they learn how to ride a bike. So, if you do not already know, you are not alone! Plan to join us, on May 16, for another Fix a Flat session.

This month, we are hosting Basic Bike Assessment. This is a great time to look over your bike and make sure the parts that are supposed to move, are moving and the parts that aren’t supposed to move are not moving! Read more and sign up here.

Fix a Flat and Basic Bike Assessment are both offered FREE with Revolutions’ membership.

Easy Riders TriCycles

We had another great ride in Overton Park, with our Easy Rider TriCycles. Anyone available at 10:00 a.m. on Friday mornings is welcome to join us. Meet us at the Overton Park Golf Clubhouse and we’ll get you on a trike!

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What’s Happening This Week
April 3 — 10

Sunday:
2:00-6:00 p.m.   Members’ Open Shop,
plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!

Monday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    Training Fleet Overhaul Night

Tuesday:
4:00-8:00 p.m.
    Free Tax Preparation help, in Cafe Congo

Thursday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    
 Training Fleet Overhaul Night

Friday:
10:00 a.m.              First Congo Easy Riders TriCycles ride

Saturday
8:30 a.m.                 Pre-Ride meet-up for the Orange Mound Slow Roll

Sunday:
2:00-6:00 p.m.    
Members’ Open Shop,
plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!

Coming Up, Soon!

Friday, April 15
10:00 a.m.   First Congo Easy Riders TriCycles ride

Saturday, April 16:
9:30 a.m.     Group ride with Revolutions and Outdoor Afro – Memphis. More details soon!

Monday, April 18:
6:30-9:00:   Basic Bike Assessment

Monday, May 16:
6:30-9:00:   Fix a Flat

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June 6-10: Summer Camps for Rising 4th, 5th, & 6th graders

June 13-17: Summer Camps for Rising 7th, 8th, & 9th graders

June 20-24: Summer Camps for Rising 10th, 11th, & 12th graders

Ready to Ride?

Fix a Flat — TOMORROW!

Do you have a flat that’s just been sitting in your bike storage? One of the benefits of membership at Revolutions is our Fix a Flat class. Learn how to change that flat and the best ways to prevent them, so you will never get stranded again! Join us Monday, March 28 at 6:30Read more and sign up, here.

 

Training Fleet Overhaul Nights

We haven’t quite made our goal of 40 bicycles refurbished and overhauled. But we’re IMG_3253.JPGgetting lots of requests for ride training with our Training Fleet. So, won’t you plan to join us to fix up these bikes? Anytime the calendar says “Training Fleet Overhaul Nights” we have tasks for everyone from beginners to experienced mechanics. Help us complete these bikes so we can use them around the community, this Spring!! Your next chance to help is Thursday, March 31 from 6:30 to 9:00. And don’t forget, we reward you for working on Revolutions bikes with Revolutions Bucks. These can be used on a purchase of a to-be-overhauled bike for you or a friend!

Bike Art

Last Sunday, Women’s Bike Chat tried our hand at making art out of used bike parts. Check out all the creativity!

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Easy Rider TriCycles — to ride, again.

The Easy Rider TriCycles program is intended for Senior Citizens, but we’ll take anyone who is available on Friday mornings! Our ride offers a way to get outside, visit with friends and get a little exercise. We have ten TriCycles available, so we take turns if more than ten showed up. We were excited to have fifteen riders join us for our first Spring ride.

We are offering a 10:00 a.m. drop in ride, and a second ride at 11:00 for scheduled groups from around the City. Our next ride is Friday, April 1st (no fooling!). If you know of groups who would like to participate, please email Sylvia at info@revolutionsmemphis.com.

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The Details:

  • This ride is free and provide by the City of Memphis Division of Parks and
    Neighborhoods.
  • We have 10 TriCycles to share and folks are also welcome to bring their own bicycles and tricycles, if that is convenient.
  • We meet at the Overton Park Golf Clubhouse
    • Drop-in ride at 10:00 a.m.
    • Scheduled groups at 11:00 a.m. (contact Sylvia, info@revolutionsmemphis.com, for more details!)
  • TriCycles can be rented at non-group ride times from the Golf Clubhouse for $5/hour.

 

Summer Camp

What’s Happening This Week
March 27 — April 3

Sunday:
2:00-6:00 p.m.    CLOSED FOR EASTER!

Monday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    Fix a Flat

Tuesday:
4:00-8:00 p.m.
    Free Tax Preparation help, in Cafe Congo

Thursday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    
Training Fleet Overhaul Night

Sunday:
2:00-6:00 p.m.    
Members’ Open Shop,
plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!

Coming Up, Soon!

Friday, April 8
10:00 a.m. First Congo Easy Riders TriCycles ride

Saturday, April 9:
8:30 a.m. Pre-Ride meet-up for the Orange Mound Slow Roll

Saturday, April 16:
TBD: Group ride with Revolutions and Outdoor Afro – Memphis. More details soon!

Monday, April 18:
6:30-9:00: Basic Bike Assessment

Staycation!

This week is the Shelby County Schools Spring Break. To celebrate, all Revolutions Shop Hours are Open Shop! This means that you can get your bike ready for your Spring rides on Sunday (2-6), Monday (6:30 – 9:00) and Thursday (6:30 – 9:00). Open Shop is open to Revolutions Members. And you can join when you come to the Shop!

 

Women’s Bike Chat, TODAY!

Women’s Bike Chat is talking bike art, this month. We had a great response last month 670cee62-65f0-407f-9d05-c1c5b94ac727about using our plethora of used bike parts for art. Today, we’ll have a show ‘n tell of art projects. Then we’ll have a little bit of crafting time to try our hand at the projects we like! You don’t have to be art-y, and you don’t have to bring anything. But if you have beads, scrabble pieces, other small trinkets that could be add to our art, bring it along!

The weather has been pretty but what will it look like, on Sunday?! Who knows! We’ll ride if it’s nice. Don’t let not having a bike stop you from riding with us. You can rent one of ours for $5, plus tax!

Fix a Flat — Next Monday

One of the benefits of membership at Revolutions is our Fix a Flat class. Join us next Monday, 28 at 6:30. Read more and sign up, here.

 

Easy Rider TriCycles — Off to a great start!

Last Friday began the Easy Rider TriCycles program. This group ride is intended for Senior IMG_3370Citizens, but we’ll take anyone who is available on Friday mornings! Our ride offers a way to get outside, visit with friends and get a little exercise. We have ten TriCycles available, so we take turns if more than ten showed up. We were excited to have fifteen riders join us for our first Spring ride.

We are offering a 10:00 a.m. drop in ride, and a second ride at 11:00 for groups from around the City. Please note that we will not ride, this Friday, as it is Good Friday. So, please plan to join us, again, on Friday April 1st (no fooling!). If you know of groups who would like to participate, please email Sylvia at info@revolutionsmemphis.com.

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The Details:IMG_3376

  • This ride is free and provide by the City of Memphis Division of Parks and
    Neighborhoods.
  • We have 10 TriCycles to share and folks are also welcome to bring their own bicycles and tricycles, if that is convenient.
  • We meet at the Overton Park Golf Clubhouse
    • Drop-in ride at 10:00 a.m.
    • Scheduled groups at 11:00 a.m. (contact Sylvia for more details!)
  • TriCycles can be rented at non-group ride times from the Golf Clubhouse for $5/hour.

 

Summer Camp

The boys are signing up. But the girls seem to need some extra encouragement. Do you know a girl (or boy) who loves to ride? Tell them about the Revolutions Wrench & Ride Bicycle Summer Camps! We plan to ride a lot, learn to plan routes and learn to fix up their own bike, in our workshop. Plenty of spots are still available. Please help us spread the word!

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What’s Happening This Week
March 20 — 27

Sunday:
2:00 p.m.              Women’s Bike Chat
2:00-6:00 p.m.   Members’ Open Shop,
plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!

Monday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    Staycation Open Shop!

Tuesday:
4:00-8:00 p.m.
    Free Tax Preparation help, in Cafe Congo

Thursday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    
 Staycation Open Shop

Sunday:                   
2:00-6:00 p.m.    CLOSED FOR EASTER
!

Coming Up, Soon!

Monday, March 28:
6:30-9:00: Fix a Flat

Friday, April 1
10:00 a.m. First Congo Easy Riders TriCycles ride

Monday, April 18:
6:30-9:00: Basic Bike Assessment

Open Hours

Retail, Service, Rentals
Thursdays 2:00-9:00
Saturdays 8:30-3:30
Sundays 2:00-6:00

Workshop Hours for Members
Sundays 2:00-6:00 (Open Shop)
Mondays 6:30-9:00
Thursdays 6:30-9:00

Call Us: 901-726-6409

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