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LIVE Bike Tour to end bullying

May 10, 2012
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I’m happy to share some video with you of a new friend of the Hub.  May I introduce John Tre’vor (aka JT) who has started LIVE which stands for: Love, Inspire, Visualize, Experience.  After speaking in schools around Detroit he has decided to take his show on the road and talk to youth throughout the nation to reduce violence and bullying in schools. However, JT decided to hit the road on a bike.  That is where we come in. We are suiting JT up with a used bike to ride around on.  We found an old rack and a...

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Detroit Community Schools

November 22, 2011
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Hello everyone, As you noticed from yesterday’s post, there is a holiday this week.  That means that our programming office will be closed down the rest of the week.  So I may just skip posting a Friday Opinion piece this week to give you a rest from my ramblings. However, I didn’t want to leave you with nothing to check out on the Hub’s website.  Last Friday I had the privilege of going out to visit our program we are doing in collaboration with Detroit Community Schools.  Over at DCS, they invested in buying tools and work stands so...

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Just for fun

June 4, 2011
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I know I’m playing into the whole “viral video” thing and really we should be producing our own media at the Hub. But until then, I wanted to share a video. In a few short hours I’ll be going to work to help with our Youth Earn-a-Bike program. This video shows how I think our Youth feel after going through the program: http://youtu.be/9PzoxTgfRO0 If you believe in yourself…, Jason x

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Can Motorists Do Right?

October 27, 2010
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Disclaimer: This article is the opinion of Jason X and does not necessarily represent the Hub as a whole. With only a few minutes left on my lunch break before I go back to my day job, I wanted to get a few words out on this blog that I’ve meant to put down for a few weeks: Can motorists do right? I know that for some people, it is a ‘culture war’ we have to fight. Even when we aren’t on our bikes, our right pant leg is rolled up, we are wearing a cycling cap and dammit...

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Some thoughts about touring

September 21, 2010
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The tips section of the website has become stale and every time I’m at the shop, we always have a new thing to talk about concerning bikes. Certainly we can add more info! The other night I was thinking about my own and my friends recent bike touring and thought I would share some ideas. Just a month ago, Angie and I rode our bikes out to Toronto, Ontario. This was my second tour and Angie’s first. I had done a tour with my friend Nate previously on a tandem, but this was my first tour on my own...

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Winter commuting tips from Tim

December 14, 2009
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There are many challenges facing you when deciding to keep on riding when the weather gets cold, snowy and icy. You can make more excuses to add to Detroit specific problems of huge potholes, stop sign running drivers and the amount of broken glass and scrap metal that litter our streets. But, it's still so much more fun getting where you're going by bike, you just have to prepare for it.

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Cone Suck

November 18, 2009
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Cone Suck

After encountering this peculiar form of bicycle malady a few times over the past couple of weeks, I feel compelled to devote some thought to the rather particular phenomenon known as Cone Suck. Cone Suck, defined as the condition wherein the drive-side cone on the rear hub gets “sucked” into the center of the hub body as a result of continued riding on loose bearings, usually arises from a bent axle that causes the cones to loosen. Once loose, the cone nut on the rear hub’s drive side can become wedged against the bearing cage or the balls themselves...

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Hot Patching

September 17, 2009
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Hot Patching

Hot patching, better known as the practice of setting the rubber cement on fire when patching an inner tube, occupies a special place in the folk bicycle wisdom of Detroit. While it lends a touch of magic to the most basic and common form of bicycle repair, instructions for hot patching “properly” are notoriously hard to come by and advice on the subject varies widely depending upon whom one relies for information.

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Vise Grips

August 31, 2009
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Vise Grips

The ubiquity of vise grip pliers as the most essential bicycle repair tool is certainly not unique to Detroit, though its prevalence in the Motor City can hardly be overlooked after even a few days’ casual observation on city streets. Many honest and legitimate bicycle mechanics have frequently been at some pains to explain its indigenous prominence, located almost exclusively halfway up the seatpost and pointed sternward, as though some instruction manual gave directions to this effect. Vise grips, of course, allow the rider to loosen and/or tighten virtually any part of a standard bicycle, given sufficient brute strength....

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Lighting Theory

August 27, 2009
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From The Professor, Jacob VanDyke: Many folks have told me over the years about the necessity of being lit from behind to avoid being hit by a car. While I don’t dispute the practicality and safety of a rear light, some of these same people will happily cycle after dark with naught but a blinking rear, safe in their assurance that they are protected from all other traffic. For the sake of being seen at night by other road users, the most important light on a bicycle is a forward-facing light. This is true regardless of whether one is...

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