1st Congo Goes Platinum!

BFB Platinum

Midtown Memphis Church Goes Platinum

Memphis continues to gain national attention for its bicycle activities as First Congregational Church in the Cooper-Young neighborhood was declared a Bicycle Friendly Business at the Platinum Level by the League of American Bicyclists. The church joins a list of 950 visionary businesses nationwide, sharing the designation with such companies as Facebook and Target.

Home of the Revolutions Bicycle Cooperative, First Congregational has been dedicated to encouraging Memphians to ride bicycles for exercise, transportation and fun for more than a decade.

First Congo received the Platinum Level designation (the highest possible!) on its first application. This celebrates the church’s work in providing a setting where congregation members, the thirty shared space partners within the building and all other people who use the church’s facilities are encouraged and offered amenities to enable them to bicycle to events and worship services.

The church and its members have been advocates for more bicycle lanes throughout the city. Its Revolutions Bicycle Co-Op organizes regular rides and classes to help more children and adults in Memphis make bicycling part of their daily routines.

“Churches are recognizing the need to support healthy lifestyles, and cycling is certainly a part of that,” says Senior Pastor Rev. Cheryl Cornish. “Bicycles offer a low-cost, reliable and environmentally-friendly mode of transportation. We’re excited to see Memphis becoming a bicycle-friendly city and are honored by this designation of our contributions to that effort.”

First Congregational Church is located at 1000 South Cooper. For more information on the church’s bicycle co-op (Revolutions) contact Executive Director Sylvia Crum at 278-6786, ext. 9 or www.revolutionsmemphis.com . Additional information about the League of American Bicyclists and their Bicycle Friendly Business awards may be found at www.bikeleague.org.

 

 

 

Chats, Rodeos and our new Repair Shop Manager!

It’s Women’s Bike Chat, Today at 2:00

Will it still be raining or will the sun come out? Join us either way, in the Shop for a chat. We’re talking about Elly Blue’s book, Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy. Don’t worry if you didn’t read the book. I’m sure there will be plenty to discuss.

If the weather isn’t too soggy, we’ll take a ride afterwards, so bring your bike. Or rent one of ours!

Wheelwomen Switchboard

Ladies, do you know about Wheelwomen Switchboard? It’s a super online community of women who like bicycles. I was featured, on their blog this week, because Wheelwomen helped me get to Bike School.

Snowden Bike Rodeo

Thanks to Healthy Snowden committee for inviting us over to put on a Bike Rodeo. And thanks to our partner, International Paper, for helping us put it on. The weather turned beautiful. Some Revolutions members rode over on our new Rental Fleet. And fifty kids came out, to ride the course.

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Elly Blue and friends are coming to Memphis, in one month for Dinner and Bikes. Get your tickets here. Tell your friends!

Repair Shop Manager!

Photo by Brandon Dill

Photo by Brandon Dill

Welcome to David Evans, our new full-time Repair Shop Manager. David has already had a big impact on the Shop. He set up our new tool sets and jumped right in to teaching classes. He has lots of great ideas for classes and new ways to use our Shop.

Because of David’s new full-time position, Revolutions will  soon be able to open for more hours. We hope this will allow Revolutions members more time work on their own bikes. We will also be able to offer more hours for anyone to come in to get their bike serviced. We’re figuring out what those new hours will look like. So, stay tuned!!

 

Flat Fix Class, Tomorrow!

It’s riding season, when it’s not raining. So, join us for a great class on how to avoid flats and deal with them when they happen. Fix a Flat is a benefit of membership at Revolutions. So, join today!

 

Demolition Night, Next Week!

Join us on Monday, April 27 for Demolition Night, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. This is a night to work through our donated bikes to find parts worth saving, and scrap headed for the scrap heap. Work on this night will also help us keep our stock of used parts sorted and available.

This is a great night for new members to participate in because we’re just breaking down bikes, so you don’t have to worry about breaking something!

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As an added bonus, you can now earn Revolutions Bucks when you participate in Demolition Night. These coins are good towards the purchase of any of our ready-to-overhaul bicycle frames, a bike rental or as a guest pass for a day in the Shop.

Demolition Night is open to all Revolutions members. Not a member, yet? You can always buy a membership, when you arrive at the Shop.

Back to Bikes

Today, is our last official Work Day, on our new workshop. We want to get all the sawdust and nails out and move the bike stuff in! Join us, today from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., to wrap up this ENORMOUS move!

A big, huge thank you goes out to all of you who helped us build a whole new workshop.

Now, let’s get back to bikes!

 

Classes This Week — A Correction

Many of you noticed my date mix up, last week. So please note: the I Can Fix That: Derailleur Systems class is Monday, April 13. That’s tomorrow! Sign up here. Or just show up at Revolutions at 6:30 p.m., tomorrow!b4935e4d-89d0-41d4-8a00-83e0f8257270

Monday, April 13: I Can Fix That — Derailleur Systems.

This class is open to all and it meets from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Monday, April 20: Fix a Flat

 

Read more and sign up for classes, here.

Bike Rodeo — Saturday, April 18

SNOWDEN BIKE RODEO

Sign up for the Bike Rodeo here!

 

Demolition Night — Coming Up!

Monday, April 27: Demolition Night!

This is a night to work through our donated bikes to find parts worth saving, and scrap headed for the scrap heap. Work on this night will also help us keep our stock of used parts sorted and available. Demolition Night is members, only. But you can join Revolutions when you arrive!

 

Happy Easter! — Revolutions is closed, TODAY!

We’re taking a break, today, to celebrate Easter and rest up from all the work we’ve done around our new Shop!

We’re not quite done, but our ramp is going to be nice when it’s finished:

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We’re getting back to some classes, this week.

Read more and sign up for classes, here.

Monday, April 6: I Can Fix That — Derailleur Systems (Women’s class).

This is a Women’s class (cis and trans), and it meets from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 9: Bicycle Overhaul for the Home Mechanic

This class is SOLD OUT! But don’t worry, if you didn’t get in. We will offer it, again, this summer.

Monday, April 13: I Can Fix That — Derailleur Systems.

This class is open to all and it meets from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Monday, April 20: Fix a Flat

Read more and sign up for classes, here.

Revolutions in the Community:

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On April 11, Rock ‘n Romp kicks off their 2015 season at Mud Island River Park. And we’re taking a  Revolutions Group Ride?! It’s a long way down, so let’s give ourselves plenty of time to get there. We’ll meet in front of Revolutions’ Bike Gate at Noon. We’ll plan to roll out at 12:15. Check our calendar and Facebook page for updates.

Rock ‘n Romp is meant for parents with kids to be able to go to a rock show. So, let be sure that those of us with children bring enough kids to get in the adults without kids! They have food & beer, free of charge, while supplies last. And they ask that each adult donate $5. Kids are free.

Be sure to bring your bike, in working order. And remember, all Revolutions sponsored rides require helmets!

April 16: UofM Earth Day and Bike Festival

On April 16, we’ll be at the University of Memphis’ Bike Festival. We’ll have basic repair demonstrations and slow bike races. Join us from 10-4, in the TIGRUS Garden.

April 18: Bike Rodeo at Snowden School

We’re putting on a Bike Rodeo at Snowden School, on April 18 from 10-1. We need helpers and participants. If you want to help, email me! And if you have kids who want to do the Bike Rodeo, bring them to Snowden on April 18. $3 suggested donation.

Bikenomics

We still have copies of Bikenomics and we’re encouraging you to read it. Women’s Bike Chat will discuss, on Sunday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m.

And everyone is invited to meet the author, Elly Blue, when she  visits us for Dinner and Bikes, on May 20. We have copies of Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy, in the Shop and at Global Goods. Or buy a copy from us, online and we’ll send it to you.

Get Out Your Calendars!

Well, the Shop is not quite done but we have bicycling stuff to do. So, here’s a run down of what’s coming up, in April.

This week, more work nights : IMG_0808

TODAY (Sunday): 2 – 6
Monday and Thursday: 6:30 to 9:00
Next Sunday, April 5, we will be CLOSED for Easter

Shop Wish List:

Do you have any of these Milk Crates? We need more for our used parts room. Bring them by the Shop, anytime we’re open!

Next week, Classes:

Monday, April 6: I Can Fix That — Derailleur Systems.

This is a Women’s class (cis and trans), and it meets from 6:30 to 9:00. Please sign up here, so we’ll know who to expect.

Thursday, April 9: Bicycle Overhaul for the Home Mechanic

There is still room for you, in this six-session course. Read more and sign up here.
If you want to buy a bike from Revolutions to overhaul in this class, you can come in on Monday, March 30 or Thursday, April 2 from 6:30 to 9:00.

Monday, April 14: I Can Fix That — Derailleur Systems.

This class is open to all and it meets from 6:30 to 9:00. Please sign up here, so we’ll know who to expect.

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On April 11, Rock ‘n Romp kicks off their 2015 season at Mud Island River Park. Don’t you think it’s about time for a Revolutions Group Ride?! It’s a long way down, and Revolutions may have a booth to set up, so let’s give ourselves plenty of time to get there. We’ll meet in front of Revolutions’ Bike Gate at Noon. We’ll plan to roll out at 12:15, but check our calendar and Facebook page for updates.
Rock ‘n Romp is meant for parents with kids to be able to go to a rock show. So, let be sure that those of us with children bring enough kids to get in the adults without kids! They have food & beer, free of charge, while supplies last. And they ask that each adult donate $5. Kids are free.

Be sure to bring your bike, in working order. And remember, all Revolutions sponsored rides require helmets!

Bikenomics — Not just for Women!!!

Oh no! I heard this week that some of you men haven’t read Bikenomics, yet, because I’ve been promoting it for the next Women’s Bike Chat. You fellas are invited to read it, too. And everyone is invited to meet the author, Elly Blue, when she  visits us for Dinner and Bikes, in May. We have copies of Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy, in the Shop and at Global Goods. Or buy a copy from us, online and we’ll send it to you.

It’s Here…Spring Class Sign-ups!!!

Hurray! We’re finally nearing completion of our new workshop.

IMG_0748 This week, we ran a practice class to try out our new space. New lights are coming this week! But we still have more work to do. We will host two more weeks of Shop Work Nights.

Join us:

Sunday afternoons, 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Monday evenings, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Thursday evenings, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Help us make this the last picture of cell phone flashlights as lighting for wrenching on bikes!

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Ready to sign up for our Spring classes?!

Our big, new offering this Spring will be the Bicycle Overhaul for the Home Mechanic class. This will be a six-session course that will offer an extensive and fun bicycle repair and maintenance class designed for the home mechanic. Learn about your machine, system by system, as well as adjust, overhaul and replace worn parts. After completing this course, you will have fully overhauled your own bicycle.

Professional Bicycle Mechanic David Evans will teach you how to repair and prevent issues yourself.

Topics to be covered will include:

  • Mechanical Skills
  • Tires &Tubes
  • Rear Sprockets
  • Hubs
  • Wheel Truing
  • Cranksets/Pedals
  • Chains/Derailleur systems
  • Internal Gear Systems
  • Caliper Rim & Disc Brake Systems
  • Frame, Headset & Fork
  • Handlebars, Stems, Saddles & Seatposts
  • On-ride repairs

Don’t have six-weeks to devote to our Overhaul Class?

No problem. The Bicycle Overhaul Class topics will also be used in our monthly I Can Fix That classes, held the first and second Monday of every month. For the month of April, we will begin with Derailleur Systems. In this month’s class, you will understand the front and rear derailer functions, including installing and adjustment, with Instructor David Evans. You will also learn how to name and identify parts of the shifting system. You can sign up for the First Monday Women and Female-Identifying class or the 2nd Monday Open to All class.

Do I have to be a member to take classes?

No! You do not have to be a member to take classes, at Revolutions. But, you’ll save money if you are!! Members get a 20% discount on all classes. We also have two free classes included in our yearly membership. They are Fix a Flat and Basic Bike Assessment. We’ll alternate these topics on the 3rd Monday of every month. And you can take them as many times as you want. Did you take last May’s Fix a Flat class and now feel a bit rusty on what to do? You can retake this class, for free, with your yearly membership!

What else is coming up, this Spring?

The Dinner and Bikes Traveling Roadshow!

Serve yourself from chef and cookbook author Joshua Ploeg’s gourmet vegan and gluten-free buffet spread. While eating, author and filmmaker Joe Biel plays a series of his short films about bicycle activism and culture—his newest shorts focus on the family bicycling movement. Then author Elly Blue takes the stage and gives a presentation about Bikenomics, showing the audience how to make a compelling economic case for bicycling, equity, and transportation activism. At the end there is a chance for questions, discussion, and browsing the Microcosm Publishing pop-up book and t-shirt store.

You can buy tickets, now!

And in preparation for Dinner and Bikes

The April 19th Women’s Bike Chat will be a book discussion of Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy by Elly Blue. You can pick up a copy at Revolutions or the Global Goods store, also at 1st Congo. Or buy a copy from us, online and we’ll send it to you.

Bike-ability

When I lived in Washington DC almost 15 years ago, I loved riding the train. It remains a good way to get around the city. But now, it’s also really possible to ride a bicycle. I was impressed that bike racks were so easy to find. Because, it’s great to encourage folks to ride, but if they don’t have anyplace to lock up, then what’s the point? I was pleased to see bike racks all over the city. Here are a few pictures from Capitol Hill. Some of the roads around the House and Senate buildings are closed to cars. But pedestrians and cyclists can get through. And the bike racks were often full.

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The Capitol building is covered in scaffolding. And there is a huge bike rack, just out front.

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And this cool looking bike rental place was just outside the Union Station doors.

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Museum of the American Indian: Bike rack at the front door. They really were everywhere!

As I rode around Capitol Hill, past many of the monuments and museums, I remembered being dragged from place to place, as a small child. When my kids are a bit bigger and we make the DC trip, we will definitely be on bikes. It was a great way to see the sights! Here we are at the White House. Once we got all gathered up, I think there were about 100 people on bicycles waving to the President. IMG_0680 We rode right down the center of Pennsylvania Ave, where there was a bike lane going both ways. I was amazed to see this very busy, very wide road with such a creative way to incorporate bicycles safely. Don’t worry Poplar. It looks like there could even be creative solutions for you!

Women’s Bike Chat TODAY, March 15, 2 p.m.

I just returned from the National Bike Summit. So for this month’s Women’s Bike Chat, we’ll take a Coffee Shop ride, and I’ll report on the Summit there. Meet us at the Bike Gate, at 2:00 p.m.

Still working around the Shop

We have made a lot of progress on our new workshop. And we’re almost ready to get back to wrenching on bikes. But there is still a bit more to do. We’d love to have you join us! Work nights are open to all because we can use all the help we can get!! You can drop in for a little while or stay the whole time. Join us! Mondays 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Thursdays 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

And the Plans for Spring continue…

IMG_0012You can now read about our Spring classes and start planning for which ones you might take. Some of them are even already listed on the calendar! We’ll have sign-up information, soon.

Women’s Bike Chat to Read Bikenomics

In April, the Women’s Bike Chat will read Elly Blue’s Bikenomics. It’s not too early to pick up your copy! You can buy it online (and we’ll send it to you!) or you can grab a copy the next time you’re at Revolutions. screen_shot_20150107_at_4.49.10_pm From the Publisher:

Bikenomics provides a surprising and compelling new perspective on the way we get around and on how we spend our money, as families and as a society. The book starts with a look at Americans’ real transportation costs, and moves on to examine the current civic costs of our transportation system. Blue tells the stories of people, businesses, organizations, and cities who are investing in two-wheeled transportation. The multifaceted North American bicycle movement is revealed, with its contradictions, challenges, successes, and visions.

Hours & Info

901-278-6786, ext. 9
Sundays: 2:00-6:00pm, 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

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