Mechanics-in-Training 2014

July 11, 2014
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Mechanics-in-Training 2014

The Mechanics in Training have almost finished their summer crash-course in bike mechanics. They’ve learned how to re-cable Gyro brakes and they’ve completely rebuilt at least 2 bikes. They’ve been steadily practicing their teaching skills, and l learning to troubleshoot (on their own!) during Earn-a-Bike. This year we have three students who have never participated in the MIT program, and one returner, which is unprecedented in the history of Back Alley Bikes. But, in Omari’s corner, he had a great answer to the hardest interview question ever, “Why should I hire you again?” Omari said, “I got a lot out...

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Saturday Youth Ride Club – NEW HOURS!

July 4, 2014
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We’ve changed the hours of our weekly ride, making it a little later in the day. In case you haven’t already heard about the youth rides, here’s some information: That’s right folks, it’s time for our  summertime ride club! Have you ever  been to Youth Earn A Bike ? Is your new  bicycle all fixed up and ready to ride, but  now you have all this free time on  Saturdays and nobody to ride bikes with?  Well, not to worry, because during YEAB  we will also be hosting our Youth Ride  Club! It starts at 1pm and lasts until 5pm. We ride between...

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Holiday Closures

June 26, 2014
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Holiday Closures

Hi Friends! Next week, July 4th, is Independence Day! Back Alley Bikes is going to cancel programming and be closed in general, and so will the Hub of Detroit! So, go bbq or like, use your bike to do fireworks. Like this guy!

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Saturday Youth Ride Club!

June 16, 2014
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Saturday Youth Ride Club!

 That’s right folks, it’s time for our    summertime ride club! Have you ever      been to Youth Earn A Bike ? Is your new  bicycle all fixed up and ready to ride, but  now you have all this free time on  Saturdays and nobody to ride bikes with?  Well, not to worry, because during YEAB  we will also be hosting our Youth Ride  Club! It starts a little earlier – at 10am -  but lasts until 2pm. We ride between one  and two hours with a break at a fun  destination in the middle, but before each  adventure we check out...

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Dinner Roll: A Progressive Dinner Ride

May 29, 2014
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In case you didn’t notice, there’s a little box on the upper-right hand corner of our website advertising registration for this awesome event, where we combine two of humanity’s greatest loves: Bikes and Food. You eat to ride, and we ride to eat! Registration closes soon (Next Sunday! June 1st!) so make sure you purchase your tickets as soon as possible. You can also buy tickets in the shop from Heather. Tickets are $30, and we ask that you indicate if you are an omnivore (you eat all kinds of foods) or vegan, so we have an accurate count...

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Youth Bike Summit Experience by Shamar Johnson

May 13, 2014
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Youth Bike Summit Experience by Shamar Johnson

There is a phrase, “Better late than never.” Shamar really pushed that one to the limit this time. A group of us from Back Alley Bikes returned from the Youth Bike Summit in NYC about 3 months ago. We asked the youth to share their experiences with us. You can read both Omari’s and Ian’s write ups. It took Shamar 3 months to get something to us, but you can’t say he never did it. I did some light editing to Shamar’s work, but did not change what he had to say. Also, the links and bold text to...

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Event Calendar

April 29, 2014
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Hey everyone, Sometime in the past few days our event calendar crashed. We’ve tried reactivating it to get it working, but that hasn’t worked. We are working on getting it back going. Until that time, for those of you that want to know what is coming up, check out our program information on this site or give us a call. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Job Openings at Back Alley Bikes

April 26, 2014
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Hey everyone, If you aren’t at our Open House today and are interested in working here, then the internet is the second best place to be – good job on being here. If you want to work here, you fall into one of two groups: - Age 14-18 - Age 18 and up If you are younger than that, it is not legal for you to work here. Sorry. If you fall into one of those two groups…read on: For youth aged 14-18 You want to apply for our Mechanic-in-Training program. Hopefully you are also already a youth volunteer...

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Open House tomorrow!

April 25, 2014
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Open House tomorrow!

Hey everyone, This is just a reminder. We are having our Open House tomorrow, Saturday April 26th from 3:30pm-6:30pm. You are invited!!!!!!

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Bike of the Now: Hop Skip & Jump

April 18, 2014
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Bike of the Now: Hop Skip & Jump

Schwinn MTB Sidewinder, blue 41 cm mountain bike, 18 speed, 26” wheels, Kenda 1.95 tires, Shimano SIS derailleurs, Sun Race shifters, center pull brakes, quick release seat post, Schwinn saddle, bottle mount, $150. The Sidewinder was Schwinn’s first mountain bike. Mountain bikes are designed for off road antics: screaming down hills, bunny hopping over logs, smashing into trees & so forth. Back home it’s fun to jump off of curbs & go airborne from ramps, but don’t do it! We at the Hub strongly discourage this kind of reckless activity, because it’s dangerous & also very hard on your...

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Contact Us!

physical mail:
Back Alley Bikes/The Hub of Detroit
3611 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

The Hub of Detroit
Retail Shop

Tues-Sat 10am-6pm
Sun 12pm-6pm
phone: 313-833-0813
email:
shop@thehubofdetroit.org

Back Alley Bikes
*Hours vary by season
phone: 313-879-5630
email: bab@thehubofdetroit.org