SLOW Rides, and a Break for the 4th

What’s Happening This Week, June 28-July 5:

Sunday:
2:00-6:00 p.m. Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open–Retail, rentals & service for the public.

Monday:
6:30-9:00 p.m. Members’ Open Shop
6:45 p.m. Neighborhood SLOW Ride, on Bikes and Tri-Cycles (see more info, below!)

Thursday:
2:00-6:00 p.m. Retail Shop Open–Retail, rentals & service for the public.
6:30-9:00 pm Overhaul Night — for graduates of the Overhaul class and other experienced members

Friday:
Shop CLOSED for 4th of July Weekend!

Saturday:
Shop CLOSED for 4th of July Weekend!

Sunday:
Shop CLOSED for 4th of July Weekend!

Note the change in our members’ OPEN SHOP hours:

We over-committed ourselves, so we’re making a change. You can still come in for the Retail Shop Thurs-Sun, 2-6. But the Members’ Open Shop will be limited to Saturday and Sunday, 2-6 and the 1st and 2nd Mondays from 6:30 to 9:00.

What is Overhaul Night?
Overhaul Night is for folks who have taken the Overhaul Class to practice their skills. Get your hands on some more bikes by helping to overhaul some of our donations.
We also welcome folks with previous bike wrenching skills. This is definitely an experienced wrenching night (But Mondays are a great time for beginners!).
Overhaul night offers the opportunity to work on different types of brakes, bottom brackets, etc as you help us get bikes ready for folks to ride.

 

Neighborhood SLOW Ride

Monday, June 29 at 6:45 p.m.

f0a5f73c-5d4e-40b6-845a-dcbe0dfc5540Join Revolutions for a slow and easy ride through our neighborhood. We won’t ride on Cooper, except to cross over as we leave 1st Congo, and we won’t go as far as McLean.
Ramble around with us as the sun goes down for some fresh air at the end of a hot day.

We’ll meet in front of the Revolutions Bike Gate, at 6:45. And if you’d like to try one of our Easy Rider Tri-Cycles,
we have 10 of them!

 

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Mary Riddle, of Roots Memphis, suffered a severe farming accident several weeks ago. She’ll have very limited mobility for some time. But we’re excited to be able to share a hand-cranked tricycle with her, when she is ready. Thanks to Mark Allen, for saving this trike out of a donation of bikes to Revolutions; Keith Norman for funding some needed new parts; David Evans, for getting the trike in smooth, working order and Teddy Crum, for riding it around the neighborhood, to figure out how it works and to be able to explain it to Mary!!

Roots Memphis is a First Congregational Church Shared Space partner.

2 New Additions to our Nice to Bicycles Businesses List

Congratulations to Gus’s Downtown and Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza, on Union. Read their write ups here. And extra kudos to Pyros. They’re the first on our list with a bona fide, and sturdy, bike rack! Roll in to either of these fine establishments and say thanks!

 

What’s Coming Soon:

  • The Summer Overhaul Class for the Home MechanicRevolutionsRecRoom47
    • Do you want to know more about how your bike works? Are you interested in building your own bike? Or do you just want to be able to overhaul your own bike? Then, this is the class for you. The seven-session series starts on July 9. Read more and sign up here.

 

  • Bike to Dinner — July 8th at 6:30 p.m.
    • We’ll bike to dinner again on July 8th. This time we’ll ride to Phuong Long, on Cleveland. That way there will be plenty of choices for everyone! Who’s with me?!
    • Here’s the Commercial Appeal’s article with a few suggestions. What will you choose?
    • More info here.

 

  • Traffic Skills 101 Classes
    • This is a League of American Bicyclists class and is the prerequisite to League Certified Instructor training. We would love for some of you to get this training!
    • Class is $35.
    • Some topics they cover in the class:
      -Proper Lane Positioning in different situations.
      -TN Traffic Laws that pertain to bicycles.Road Drills
      -Quick stop
      -Avoidance drills
    • Traffic Skills 101  – June 26th and 27th.  <—-Click to register
      Class room portion takes place on the June 26th and on the bike portion takes places on the  June 27th.Traffic Skills 101 – July 10th and 12th   <—-Click to register
      Class room portion takes place on the July 10th and on the bike portion takes places on the July 12th.Traffic Skills 101 –  July 31st and August 1st   <—-Click to register
      Class room portion takes place on the July 31st and on the bike portion takes places on the August 1stTraffic Skills 101 – August 14th and August 15th <—-Click to register
      Class room portion takes place on the August 14th and on the bike portion takes places on the August 15th

Demolitions, Overhauls and More Rides!

We’re staying busy, around Revolutions. And we want you to be involved! So here’s what’s happening this week, plus a little about what we did last week and what’s coming up later in the Summer!

What’s Happening This Week, June 21-27:

Sunday:

Shop CLOSED for Father’s Day
No Women’s Bike Chat–Take Dad for a bike ride, instead!

Monday:

6:30-9:00pm Demolition Night — great for new folks!

Thursday:

2:00-6:00 pm Retail Shop Open–Retail, rentals & service for the public.
5:15 pm Bikes on Broad Group Ride–Meet at Revolutions’ Bike Gate (or join in at the Overton Park Bike Gate, at 6:00). This month’s theme is Riding in Skirts
6:30-9:00 pm Overhaul Night — for graduates of the Overhaul class and other experienced members

Friday: 

2:00-6:00 pm Retail Shop Open–Retail, rentals & service for the public.

Saturday:

10:00am – 6:00 pm Retail Shop Open–Retail, rentals & service for the public.
2:00-6:00 pm Members’ Open Shop

Note the change in our members’ OPEN SHOP hours:

We overcommitted ourselves, so we’re making a change. You can still come in for the Retail Shop Thurs-Sun, 2-6. But Members’ Open Shop will be limited to Saturday and Sunday, 2-6 and the 1st and 2nd Mondays from 6:30 to 9:00.

What is Overhaul Night? 

Overhaul Night is for folks who have taken the Overhaul Class to practice their skills. Get your hands on some more bikes by helping to overhaul some of our donations.

We also welcome folks with previous bike wrenching skills. This is definitely an experienced night (not for beginners).

Under supervision, you will work on different types of brakes, bottom brackets, etc as you help us get bikes ready for folks to ride.

What is Demolition Night?

Join us for 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.

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!

What We Did Last Week

IMG_1077We had a great Bike to Dinner, on Wednesday. Eighteen folks joined us for a ride to Gus’s Downtown. We are awarding them a  Nice to Bicycles designation. And, though we were able to lock up to their fence, we are encouraging them to get a sturdy bike rack.

IMG_1085On Saturday, Livable Memphis rented our entire Rental Fleet, plus some. They were hosting the Board of IOBY, who were in town for a retreat. Most of the IOBY Board live in Brooklyn, with some in San Francisco, Cleveland, Washington DC and New Orleans. Even visiting from such exciting places, they were extremely impressed with Memphis. They rode a 9-mile loop from Revolutions, to visit several Livable Memphis projects, like the new mural under the Central Ave bridge just West of Cooper, and the pocket garden at Madison and Belvedere. When we arrived at the Overton Park Bike Gate, their were audible “oohs” and “ahs”!

Our new signs arrived! It’s now easier than ever to find us!!

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What’s Coming Soon:

  • The Summer Overhaul Class for the Home Mechanic.
    • Do you want to know more about how your bike works? Are you interested in building your own bike? Or do you just want to be able to overhaul your own bike? Then, this is the class for you. The seven-session series starts on July 9. Read more and sign up here.
  • Bike to Dinner — July 8th at 6:30 p.m.
    • We’ll bike to dinner again on July 8th. This time we’ll ride to Phuong Long, on Cleveland. That way there will be plenty of choices for everyone! Who’s with me?!

      More info here.

  • Traffic Skills 101 Classes
    • This is a League of American Bicyclists class and is the prerequisite to League Certified Instructor training
    • Class is $35.
    • Some topics they cover in the class:
      -Proper Lane Positioning in different situations.
      -TN Traffic Laws that pertain to bicycles.

      Road Drills
      -Quick stop
      -Avoidance drills

    • Traffic Skills 101  – June 26th and 27th.  <—-Click to register
      Class room portion takes place on the June 26th and on the bike portion takes places on the  June 27th.

      Traffic Skills 101 – July 10th and 12th   <—-Click to register
      Class room portion takes place on the July 10th and on the bike portion takes places on the July 12th.

      Traffic Skills 101 –  July 31st and August 1st   <—-Click to register
      Class room portion takes place on the July 31st and on the bike portion takes places on the August 1st

      Traffic Skills 101 – August 14th and August 15th <—-Click to register
      Class room portion takes place on the August 14th and on the bike portion takes places on the August 15th

Recognition, Classes and Hot Summer Rides

Did you hear? Memphis is now a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community. And we are receiving some nice extra recognition of our efforts in an article by the League of American Bicyclists.

Summer Overhaul Class — Coming Soon!

This Summer, Revolutions is offering the “Bicycle Overhaul” cRevolutionsRecRoom51ourse, an extensive and fun seven-week bicycle repair and maintenance class designed for the home mechanic. Learn about your bicycle, system by system, as well as adjust, overhaul and replace worn parts. After completing this course, you will have fully overhauled your own bicycle.

 

Class starts Thursday, July 9th. We’re asking that you bring in the bike you want to overhaul ahead of the class, so that we can give it a quick assessment. Or, buy a frame from us! Read more and sign up here!

Bike to Dinner?

So last month we hosted Dinner and Bikes, a great evening of films and discussion about groundswell movements from near and far. We watched shorts about folks organizing Sunday group rides, a Mexican superhero named Peatónito trying to make cities for people instead of for cars, and many more. We also had a yummy vegan meal.

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So, this month, how about biking to dinner? I know it’s already getting hot. But surely if we gather at 6:30, and ride downtown, it will at least be cooler on our ride home, right? Who’s with me?! I’m thinking maybe we ride to Gus’s Fried Chicken, (I recognize that couldn’t be farther from last month’s vegan meal!).

Unless it is raining, let’s plan to meet at Revolutions’ Bike Gate, on Cooper, at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday June 17 and we’ll Bike to Dinner!

Oh, and remember, please wear a helmet for all Revolutions sponsored rides!!

Outdoor Repair Stand

Here’s someone using Operation Crosstown’s Outdoor Bicycle Repair Station.

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Be sure to share pictures with us, if you see others using it!

Not sure how to use the repair stand? Here’s a video:

Bike Walk Memphis

Livable Memphis wants to invite everyone to this month’s Pizza with Planners, Thursday evening (6/18) at the Benjamin L Hooks Central Library from 5:30 to 7. They’ll be brainstorming and listening to what’s going on in your neighborhood for walking, bicycling, and transit, with the ultimate goal of building safer streets for everyone in Memphis! Please register at the link above so they’ll know how much pizza to order. The event is free and open to the public.

No More Flats…

Fix a Flat — Tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow, June 8 at 6:30 p.m., for this month’s Fix a Flat class.

This class covers everything you need to know about tires and tubes.  Learn why you get flats and the best ways to prevent them, in the future.  Never get stranded again!

This class is for Revolutions members, only. Not a member of Revolutions, yet? You can when you come for class.

Revolutions Membership — is $30 per person per year. During the membership year a Member receives:

  • The current Revolutions T-shirt
  • Free admission to the Basic Bike Assessment and Fix a Flat classes
  • A 20% on all paid classes
  • Access to stand time during posted Open Shop hours.
  • Weekly e-mail updates on classes, events, news and more!

Sign up here if you want to attend.

Easy Riders: Even Fun for Mayors!

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Do you know a group of senior citizens who would like to ride Tri-Cycles, with us? I’m setting up rides, now. So, send them my way!

Explore Bike Share

What would it mean to have a Bike Share program, in Memphis? Where would it be located? Would it work to bring our neighborhoods together? Would it just be for tourists or would all Memphians feel able to use it?

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Doug Carpenter of Doug Carpenter & Associates LLC is leading a group to explore these questions and more.

Revolutions hosted the first of a series of community meetings. Missed ours? You have several other choices to join in:

ORANGE MOUND COMMUNITY CENTER
Tuesday, June 9 @6PM
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BRIDGES
Wednesday, June 10 @ 5:30PM
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NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM
Thursday, June 18 @ 6PM
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BINGHAMPTON DEVELOPMENT CORP.
Friday, June 19 @ 6PM

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CARITAS VILLAGE
Tuesday, June 23 @ 6PM
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CHRISTIAN BROTHERS UNIVERSITY
Monday, June 29 @ 6PM
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UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
Wednesday, July 1 @ 11:30AM
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ST. ANDREW A.M.E. CHURCH
Thursday, July 2 @ 6PM

Explore Bike Share

What would it mean to have a Bike Share program, in Memphis? Where would it be located? Would it work to bring our neighborhoods together? Would it just be for tourists or would all Memphians feel able to use it?

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Doug Carpenter of Doug Carpenter & Associates LLC is leading a group to explore these questions and more.

Revolutions will host the first of a series of community meetings where you can hear more about Bike Share in other cities, and voice your thoughts and opinions about bringing it to Memphis.

Join us on Thursday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Can’t make it Thursday? Find one of the other community meetings, and make your voice heard!

REVOLUTIONS CO-OP
Thursday, June 4 @ 6:30PM
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ORANGE MOUND COMMUNITY CENTER
Tuesday, June 9 @6PM
__________________________

BRIDGES
Wednesday, June 10 @ 5:30PM
__________________________

NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM
Thursday, June 18 @ 6PM
__________________________

BINGHAMPTON DEVELOPMENT CORP.
Friday, June 19 @ 6PM

__________________________

CARITAS VILLAGE
Tuesday, June 23 @ 6PM
__________________________

CHRISTIAN BROTHERS UNIVERSITY
Monday, June 29 @ 6PM
__________________________

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
Wednesday, July 1 @ 11:30AM
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ST. ANDREW A.M.E. CHURCH
Thursday, July 2 @ 6PM

You can read more at the Explore Bike Share website, at the Commericial Appeal and in The Daily News.

Easy Rider Tri-Cycles!

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Yesterday, through a little rain, we unveiled the new Easy Rider Tri-Cycle program. Revolutions, in partnership with the City of Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods, will lead a group ride for senior citizen using ten new tri-cycles. At the unveiling, we asked several friends to try out and demonstrate these three-wheeled rides. And everybody loved them!! I hear from a lot of seniors a concern about the balance it takes to stop and start a bike. Tri-Cycles seem to give an almost magical confidence since they’re stable at a stop. The aim of this program is to give seniors from around Memphis an easy, fun way to get some exercise, while also connecting with the community. We’re pleased to work with Parks and Neighborhoods on this new project. And, if you know a group of seniors who would like to ride, just email me!

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Day of Merrymaking

Revolutions will offer Bike Valet at Overton Park’s Day of Merrymaking, on Saturday June 6 from 10 to 3. Ride your bike, stop by our booth and plan to make merry!

Fix a Flat — Date Change!

Mark your calendars for June 8, instead of June 15, for this month’s Fix a Flat class. And sign up here if you want to attend.

Community Meeting, This Thursday

This Thursday, Revolutions will host a community meeting about a new bicycle project. The project won’t be announced until tomorrow, so we’re not supposed to talk about it until then. But mark your calendars for Thursday at 6:30. And plan to join us to share your thoughts and opinions. And I’ll stop being so secretive, tomorrow!

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It’s Bike Month, for One More Week!

We have been very busy, this Bike Month. Our Choose 901 Video and the Memphis Bike Guide were released. We hosted Dinner and Bikes. And we installed an awesome Outdoor Bicycle Repair Stand at Poplar and Cleveland, as part of Operation Crosstown, in partnership with the Church Health Center.

Here’s a helpful video on how to use it:

And even with all of that, there is still more fun to be had.

This week you can join us for Demolition night or ride with us to Bikes on Broad, both happening on Thursday.

For Bikes on Broad, we’re taking orders for flowers from Roots Memphis, so we can get all the extra points available in this month’s challenge: riding with baskets.

And then we’re finishing off the month with a bang! Join us on Saturday, May 30 to unveil Easy Riders, a Tri-Cycling program for seniors that Revolutions is running, in collaboration with the City of Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods.

Won’t you join us for a little more Bike Month fun?!

Demolition Night

Now that our Spring Overhaul class is over, we filling in Thursday shop hours with other fun things. This week, it’s 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. Join in from 6:30 to 9:00.

Summer Overhaul Class

Did you miss this Spring’s Overhaul Class? Look at some of the happy faces who now have fully overhauled bikes:

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You can now sign up for the Summer Overhaul Class. It will run for seven Thursday evenings, starting July 9.

Bikes on Broad

The next Bikes on Broad is this Thursday, May 28. Meet up at 5:15 p.m. at our Revolutions’ Bike Gate, on Cooper. 11210468_686125428179807_3286447046321238945_n

This month, the City wants to count people on bikes with baskets or racks. And there are extra points for flowers! We’re ordering bouquets from Roots Memphis. They’ll be $8 or less. Let me know by Tuesday, May 26, if you want in!

For the ride, we’ll meet at Revolutions at 5:15 and then ride over to the Overton Park Bike Gate, to meet up with more folks. Then we’ll roll down the Hampline to join in the fun at the Rec Room. A food truck will be available. Or bring a snack supper, to eat. The Rec Room serves beer. And you can read more details here.

Easy Rider Tri-Cycles

Revolutions, in partnership with the City of Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods, is unveiling a tri-cycling program for seniors, on Saturday May 30. We’re calling it Easy Riders. And we need your help.

Not only will we show off the ten new Tri-Cycles, acquired by the City, for this project, we will also be hosting a Bike Rodeo. And it’s going to be a big one, because nearly 300 Memphis public school students will be receiving bicycles from the District Attorney General Amy Weirich’s office.  Revolutions invited those children to join in on the Bike Rodeo!  It is EASY to help with a Rodeo!   (One job is just to stand there saying, “You’re doing great!” to keep the kids moving through!)

We want Mayor Wharton, Director Janet Hooks and DA General Amy Weirich – along with the many families and folks who will gather that day – to be aware of Revolutions and our many programs, and to know First Congregational as a church that supports seniors, children, parks, recreation, health and tri/bicycles!  

Mayor Wharton will be speaking close to 9:00 a.m., so please come to the Liberty Bowl fountain at the top of Tiger Lane, wearing a Revolutions t-shirt on Saturday, May 30th!

Other ways you can help:

  • Greeters
  • Trike Riders
  • Bike Rodeo Set up
  • Bike Rodeo Station hosts
  • Bike Game Hosts
  • Rodeo/Tent break down

If you can help with these jobs, email me!

Hours & Info

901-278-6786, ext. 9
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Retail Shop Hours:
Thurs-Sun 2:00-6:00 p.m.

Seasonal Saturdays:
10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
(July-September)

Members’ Open Shop Hours:
Saturday & Sunday 2:00-6:00 p.m.

Member Mondays:
6:30-9:00 p.m.
(Check Calendar for weekly topics!)

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