Volunteering, Classes and Zip Car!

Bicycle Ambassadors Volunteer Orientation — Tomorrow! Bike Rodeo Helpers

Still not sure exactly what we’re doing with the Revolutions Bicycle Ambassadors? We were featured, this week, on Make Memphis! Read more about our program, here!

In order to work with the children, volunteers MUST be approved by Shelby County Schools (SCS). This involves:

  1. An SCS Volunteer Orientation
  2. An SCS Application form, filled out by the volunteer and signed by Peabody’s principal
  3. Fingerprinting and background check, done at the School Board office

In order to make this as easy as possible, we scheduled the SCS Volunteer Orientation, to be held at Revolutions, on Monday, February 8 at 6:45 p.m. This should last no more than one hour.

During the Orientation, you will have the chance to fill out the SCS application form and sign up for an appointment to get fingerprinted.

If you are even thinking about helping with this program, it would be great for you to attend this orientation on February 8! Please email Sylvia at info@revolutionsmemphis.com, if you are able to join us!!

 

Basic Bike Assessment Class — Next Week!

On Monday, February 15 at 6:30, we will host our Basic Bike Assessment class. If you are new to Revolutions, this class is a great introduction to the Shop. And, if you bring your own bike, you will have a chance to make a list of all the work you could do on it during our Open Shop hours. This class is included free, with Revolutions Membership. If you’re not a member, yet, you can join when you sign up.

 

Flat Fix Class

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Thursday, February 25 at 6:30 brings the return of our Flat Fix Class. This month, we have a special guest teacher! Robert Taylor is the former owner and founder of Victory Bicycle Studio, with over 30-years experience in the bike industry.  Robert served on Trek’s advisory board, is a certified USCF race mechanic, a  Fit Kit and Michael Sylvester certified fit specialist, and generally a pretty nice guy.  He has spent over half his life working on bikes:  from a shop rat, to the manager and buyer for a multiple store chain. If flat tires keep you from riding, join us for this great class! This class is also for members, only. But you can join when you sign up!

 


ZipCars are Coming to First Congo!

Launch Date is Saturday, February 27th, at the Farmers Market.

Zip car is a great resource for bicyclists! We have learned that every time a zipcar goes ON the road, 10 to 15 cars go OFF the road because people use them for their occasional needs (doctor appointments, grocery shopping, airport runs) and otherwise they either walk, ride a bike, or own one family car rather than two. We will have two cars located on our south parking lot – easily visible on Cooper Street, right next to First Congo’s bike corral. One will be a compact car and one will be a larger SUV. If you’re interested in learning more about using zipcars here in Memphis, come to the Cooper Young Community Farmers Market on Feb 27th to ask questions, or go to http://www.zipcar.com/memphis

 

What’s Happening This Week,
February 7 – 14

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
plus Retail Shop–and bike rentals!
6:45 p.m.              Bicycle Ambassadors Volunteer Orientation

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
plus Retail Shop–and bike rentals!

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

Coming Up, Soon!

Monday, February 15:
6:30 – 9:00: Basic Bike Assessment Class

Thursday, February 25:
6:30 – 9:00:  Fix a Flat with Robert Taylor

Monday, February 29:
6:30 – 9:00:  Demolition Night

Ways to Get Involved!!

A New Way to Volunteer!

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Bicycle Ambassadors Volunteer Orientation

We are almost ready to start the Revolutions Bicycle Ambassadors program with Peabody Elementary! Helping will involve things like wrangling children, standing at a Bicycle Rodeo station and calling out instructions like: “Signal left!”, and riding with Sylvia and the children as we learn to navigate the neighborhood.

In order to work with the children, volunteers MUST be approved by Shelby County Schools (SCS). This involves:

  1. An SCS Volunteer Orientation
  2. An SCS Application form, filled out by the volunteer and signed by Peabody’s principal
  3. Fingerprinting and background check, done at the School Board office

In order to make this as easy as possible, we scheduled the SCS Volunteer Orientation, to be held at Revolutions, on Monday, February 8 at 6:45 p.m. This should last no more than one hour.

During the Orientation, you will have the chance to fill out the SCS application form and sign up for an appointment to get fingerprinted.

If you are even thinking about helping with this program, it would be great for you to attend this orientation on February 8! Please email Sylvia at info@revolutionsmemphis.com, if you are able to join us!!

We have bikes for sale!

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Call to Action

overton-map-for-web-1024x777On Tuesday, the Brooks Museum at Overton Park will host the first public meeting about Overton Park’s parking issue. You can make your voice heard now, by participating in an online survey. And you can attend the meeting, too. February 2nd, 6:00 p.m. at the Brooks Museum. Why not bike there?! They have lots of bike parking in front of the museum and in front of the Levitt Shell. Can we fill all the spaces?!

Help with your Taxes?

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First Congo is offering free tax preparation help, on Tuesdays. Though taxes are not just paid by people who like bicycles, I wanted to pass this helpful information along to you, Dear Readers. Sterling Owen will provide free tax filing services through the Volunteer Income Tax Association and the United Way. You will find her in Cafe Congo (upstairs, then down the hall from Revolutions) on Tuesdays between 4:00 – 8:00 pm, to receive this assistance!  If you have a question or would like to let Sterling know that you’re planning to come, contact her at sterling.uptown@gmail.com or call her office number 272-0012.

What’s Happening This Week,
January 31 — February 7

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
plus Retail Shop–and bike rentals!

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
plus Retail Shop–and bike rentals!

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

Coming Up, Soon!

Monday, February 15:
6:30 – 9:00: Basic Bike Assessment Class

New Volunteer Opportunities

IOBY Thinks we have an AWESOME PROJECT!

This week, ioby highlighted our Bicycle Ambassadors project on their blog. Check out their post here. You still have time to give to our campaign to get more Peabody children riding bicycles to school. All donations are tax deductible.

Bike Rodeo Helpers

Bike Ambassadors Volunteers

We are almost finished refurbishing bicycles for our Bicycle Ambassadors program. Now, we’re looking towards our programming for the Peabody Elementary children. We will need volunteers to help! We need folks to move bicycles, direct Bike Rodeo stations and ride with us. Interested in helping? Email Sylvia at info@revolutionsmemphis.com, for more information.

What’s Happening This Week,
January 24 — 31

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.    Bicycle Ambassadors Overhaul Night
plus Retail Shop–and bike rentals!

Thursday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    
Bicycle Ambassadors Overhaul Night
plus Retail Shop–and bike rentals!

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

Coming Up, Soon!

Monday, February 15:
6:30 – 9:00: Basic Bike Assessment Class

Bicycle Ambassadors are Coming!

1, 2, 3, 4, 5…99, 100!

We took inventory, for the first time ever, last Sunday. A big thank you goes out to volunteers Kendra Hotz, Jay Fite, Anne Dugan and Dave Lindstrom. Surely it will be easier, next time! As we were going through our things, we found stuff we don’t need.

So, we’re having a New Year’s Sale!

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Are you in need of some tire sealant for your tubeless tires, or hydraulic oil for your brakes? How about a fancy 11-speed chain? We’ve got a deal for you!! New Year’s Sale, 20% off!

Check us out Sundays 2:00-6:00 and Mondays/Thursdays 6:30-9:00.

Bicycle Ambassadors Overhaul Night

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Revolutions spent the fall fixing up bicycle for our new Training Fleet. We completed 17 of 40! But we are temporarily setting those bicycles aside while we fix up bicycles for the kids at Peabody Elementary School. In February, we plan to launch the first ever Bicycle Ambassadors program. The Bicycle Ambassadors Program will recognize 16 student leaders from Peabody School who will receive refurbished bicycles, and safety and leadership training to promote bicycle riding among their peers. They will lead “bike trains” and help guide other students to school safely. And they will host a community-wide Bike Rodeo. But first, they need bicycles to ride.

Last Monday, we pulled out lots of 20″ bikes and a couple of 24″. One volunteer was an 11-year-old member of the Midtown Bike Girls. She was pleased to help fix up bicycles that will get other kids riding.We made great progress this week. Won’t you join us to do some more?

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Five bikes ready to ride!

If you’d like to join us in overhauling some kids’ bikes, please join us on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. You must be a Revolutions member to use our tools, but you can join when you arrive!

What’s Happening This Week,
January 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.    Bicycle Ambassadors Overhaul Night
plus Retail Shop–and bike rentals!

Thursday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    
Bicycle Ambassadors Overhaul Night
plus Retail Shop–and bike rentals!

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!

Happy New Year!

The Shop is closed, today, for inventory counting. But join us this week, as we get back to overhauling bicycles. We completed 17 before Christmas, in our goal of 40 bikes for our Training Fleet. And, this week or next, we will start overhauling bikes for our Bicycle Ambassadors program at Peabody Elementary school. Join us to get these bikes ready to ride. Each session earns you 10 Revolutions Bucks, toward a bike to overhaul for yourself!

And plan to join us next Sunday’s Open Shop, if you’re looking for some time to work on your own bicycle repair projects.

What’s Happening This Week,
January 3 — 10

Sunday:
2:00-6:00 p.m.    Shop closed for taking inventory

Monday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    Training Fleet Overhaul Night
plus Retail Shop–and bike rentals!

Thursday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.   
Training Fleet Overhaul Night
plus Retail Shop–and bike rentals!

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

End of the Year

There is still time to give!

Join these Bicycle Ambassador Superheroes in getting kids on bicycles, in 2016!

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We’ve had great success over the past month fundraising for the Bicycle Ambassadors project at Peabody Elementary. We’ve raised over $3,000!  Could you help our campaign reach our goal? Maybe you’d like to give a gift in honor of a friend or family member? Or maybe you are just looking to do a bit more charitable giving before the end of the year?

You can see our ioby campaign here!

All donations to our campaign are tax deductible!

 

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We didn’t quite make our goal of 20 bikes complete before Christmas. But with 17 done, I think we made a valiant effort. We are still more than on track to get 40 bikes ready to ride, by spring. A great big thank you to all the Revolutions members who have worked on these bikes.

Don’t forget, our Training Fleet Overhaul Nights are a great way to start learning or practice your bike maintenance skills. And, you earn Revolutions Bucks, good toward the purchase of one of our bikes that you can fix up for yourself of a friend.

So, we hope you’ll plan to join us for these fun, and busy Overhaul Nights, in 2016!

 

The Hot Chocolate Ride

Last week, Women’s Bike Chat enjoyed this unseasonably warm weather to take our 2nd Annual Hot Chocolate ride. It’s hard to find a coffee shop that is open on Sunday afternoons that is also far enough away to feel like we really rode to it. Tamp and Tap, downtown was this year’s destination. Due to their tasty beverages, many of us did not choose to drink hot chocolate. But at least one did and we all had a great time!

 

Not Much is Happening This Week,
Dec 27 — Jan 3

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and we’ll see you in 2016!!

Sunday:
2:00-6:00 p.m.    Shop CLOSED

Monday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    Shop CLOSED

Thursday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.  
  Shop CLOSED

Sunday:
2:00 p.m.             
Shop CLOSED

It’s the most wonderful time…

Do you know kids looking for a way to help other kids get on bikes?

The Revolutions Bicycle Ambassadors program would be a great project to give a little money to, this holiday season. If you know kids who like to ride, maybe they would like to help make it possible for other kids to do the same. Check out our ioby campaign, to find out more!

 

Women’s Bike Chat– 2nd Annual Hot Chocolate Ride — TODAY!

For December, Women’s Bike Chat is headed out for some hot chocolate. Join us on this afternoon, Dec 20 at 2:00, in front of the Revolutions Bike Gate. We’re headed downtown for some tasty hot beverages. It’s not going to be anywhere near as cold as I was expecting. So join us for an unseasonably warm ride!

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Come to the Shop, this week!

We have one more Open Shop session, today, from 2-6. This would be a great time to overhaul a kids bike that you could give for Christmas! And we’ll also be open Monday night, 6:30-9:00, for shopping and to work on our Training Fleet overhauls. After that, we’ll take a a bit of a break. So, join us today and tomorrow!!

What’s Happening This Week,
Dec 20 —

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

Monday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    Last Training Fleet Overhaul night of the year. Will we have 20 bikes done?!?!
Plus Retail Shop is open for Christmas shopping!

Thursday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.  
  Shop CLOSED

Sunday:
2:00 p.m.            
Shop CLOSED

 

Open Hours

Members’ Open Shop and Retail Hours: Sunday 2:00-6:00 p.m. Member Mondays 6:30-9:00 p.m. Member Thursdays 6:30-9:00 p.m. Call Us: 901-726-6409

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

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