Holiday Closings THIS WEEK (11/21-11/26)

November 21, 2011
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Hello everyone, So there is a federally recognized holiday this week, which means there are going to be some cancellations of our schedule here at the shop.  So hopefully your bike is good to go and you can spend this week riding instead of hanging out here.  Or if you are the holiday celebrating or even the sport loving, television type, perhaps you will be sitting at home screaming at your television because Nickleback is in Detroit and you want them to go away. Here are the cancellations: WEDNESDAY the 23rd – No Volunteer Night THURSDAY the 24th –...

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Friday Opinion: Transgender Day of Remembrance (11/18/11)

November 18, 2011
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***Note: These Friday articles by Jason X are to get the cycling community in Detroit talking and maybe to connect what we do to other issues currently occurring. The Hub of Detroit is not an advocacy organization.*** Transgender Day of Remembrance I like repeating themes. No one can truly explain the way they think in a certain number of pages or words. That is why the wonderful world of blogging has such possibilities. If you “follow” bloggers and engage in the conversations they are creating you grow and understand more as you go. Everyone grows together. So previously I’ve...

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We are FINALLY done with Chase Bank (11/17/11)

November 17, 2011
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We’ve been on a path to get our money out of Chase Bank this whole year. There have been hurdles for us because we are a non-profit and a business, so multiple people had to get together to fill out different forms at different times. Finally today Jack had to go through a lot of trouble hanging out at Chase Bank to convince them that, YES, we are in fact closing our account with them effective today! Turns out that Michigan First Credit Union is right across the hall from them. To add insult to injury, Jack had to...

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Friday Opinion: Hand Turn Signals as language (11/11/11)

November 11, 2011
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Friday Opinion: Hand Turn Signals as language (11/11/11)

Hey ya’ll, I spoke a little bit last week about having a “bike language” that can be different where ever you go. In America, we are “cyclists” while in other places you are simply a person riding a bike. In some neighborhoods you are an “environmentalist” riding “alternative” transportation while in another you are simply getting to work the way most people do and it is “primary” transportation. I recently was thinking about turn signals on bikes. I spoke with my friend King Wayne of the East Side Riders whom have their own signals. Their turn signals are done...

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Fender Bender Workdays Announced (Nov. 8th)

November 8, 2011
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Hey Everyone, I recently told you about our community partners Fender Bender moving to their own new space.  I also wrote about upcoming workdays they would be having at their space in the Commons at the corner of W Forest and Cass in the old UU church building.  Well, I got an email from Sarah at Fender Bender about those workdays.  Here is what the email said: I’m sending this email to those of you who have expressed wanting to help or get involved/volunteer with Fender Bender – first of all – THANK YOU!  We have a few workdays in the next two...

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Detroit’s Grand Bicycle Map Tradition

November 7, 2011
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Detroit’s Grand Bicycle Map Tradition

For a recent birthday, I received a framed copy of a 19th-century bicycle map of the city of Detroit. Now that the rumors are swirling about a possible collaboration on a new bike map for the city, it seemed like a good time to pay tribute to the 115-year-old original published by the Calvert Lithography and Engraving Company. This “Guide Map of the City of Detroit for Bicyclists, Showing Pavements” was copyrighted during the bicycle boom of the 1890′s, just as Charles Brady King and Henry Ford were tinkering on their “horseless carriages” and displaying them to the public...

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Friday Opinion: Think Globally, Act Locally

November 4, 2011
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Hey ya’ll, This week isn’t so much of an opinion, but more of a general way I’ve been viewing bikes over the years. It is a continuation on my comments recently about cycling being a “movement” that really should reflect ALL cyclists and not just one way of riding. I recently read an article by my extremely intelligent and wonderful friend Liz over at the Fender Bender blog about suburban and rural cyclists. Again, expanding what it means to be a “cyclist” in America and what the cycling “movement” needs to include. This is all wrapped up in a...

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Fender Bender Programming Change

November 1, 2011
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Hey ya’ll, You may be familiar with a community partner of ours called Fender Bender.  For a while (about 2 years!) they have been using our space on Saturdays for women, transgender and genderqueer specific shop time. Well I have good news and bad news.  The good news is that they are moving into their own dedicated space and growing.  The bad news is that they have to spend most of their time getting their space ready and this has created difficulties in staffing Saturday shop time. So for a little while there will no longer be Fender Bender...

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Why I do my job – file under “testimonials”

October 31, 2011
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Hey everyone, Sometimes I need to do a little bit of showing off.  I am pretty lucky in that I get to work with amazing kids every week building bikes.  Actually, they do all the building, I just get to know them and help solve problems.  We really do get some amazing kids coming through and I just wanted to share some “testimonials” of four of our youth in the form of this great thank you card we received. For those of you that can’t access the image or are having trouble reading it: Thank you very much for...

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Friday Opinion: Fat Hatred and Cycling

October 28, 2011
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Friday Opinion: Fat Hatred and Cycling

Fat Phobia and Cycling By Jason X Last week I mentioned that there are many different kinds of cyclists and ride styles.  Some ride slow while others race everywhere.  Some ride for exercise while others ride because they can’t afford any other form of transportation (some do both!).  The cycling world is full of diversity despite the whitewashed images you see in cycling magazines and at races. Another related thing I have been pondering is the Occupy Wall Street movement going on right now.  The “We are the 99%” battle cry is a difficult one to make.  For the...

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