Winter Bike Give-a-Way Report (full)

December 26, 2011
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Winter Bike Give-a-Way Report (full)

Hello Everyone, You may donate a bike or money to the Hub of Detroit and think to yourself, “Where does it all go?”  Well I’m here to answer part of that question.  If you donate a kid’s bike (20″ or smaller) to us…we give them to kids! For years we have been rebuilding donated bikes and giving them away every December.  Since 2010 we have started doing this twice a year because once is not enough.  In 2010 we gave away 123 bikes to youth under 8 years of age.  I really wanted to top that this year. In...

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Friday Opinion: Charity vs. Solidarity (12/23/11)

December 23, 2011
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I wanted to talk about a concept that has become somewhat of a mantra to me here at the shop.  A few years ago I went to a meet up called Bike!Bike! where a bunch of us bike co-op types meet up and talk about earn-a-bike, three speed internal hubs, group rides, volunteer orientations and other topics.  Someone from another project then said a phrase that I repeat often: “Well is it charity or solidarity?” Charity is a word often used this time of year.  Soup kitchens become even more full than usual in the winter.  Salvation Army has...

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Youth Bike Give-a-Ways (winter 2011)

December 21, 2011
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Hello everyone, For some folks a big holiday is occurring this weekend.  For others, they are awaiting a long weekend off work.  And then some folks will just be living another day.  For everyone though I wanted to do a quick update. This December we have been building up kids bikes (20″ wheels and smaller) to give away.  Volunteers have been working for over a month to build up these bikes so they will be suitable for some kids to ride.  I have been coordinating with Gardner Elementary School, St. John’s Clinic, The Academy of the Americas, Solomon’s Cathedral...

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Friday Opinion: Texting Ban (12/15/12)

December 16, 2011
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Today, maybe I don’t have an opinion as much as a viewpoint. I’ve been hearing about a federal text messaging ban while driving. Michigan already has a law that makes it a secondary offense. A secondary offense is something a police officer can cite you for after pulling you over for another offense known as a primary offense (speeding, not wearing a seat belt, shooting a gun out of your moon roof…). Folks seem to disagree about whether to make it a primary or secondary offense. Some say that a secondary offense would tie the hands of police officers...

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Friday Opinion: Cycling “Seasons” (12/9/11)

December 9, 2011
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**As mentioned before, the “Friday Opinion” pieces are not representative of the Hub collective, but simply the ramblings of Jason X.  Feel free to agree, critique or start your own blog.  Thanks for visiting our website though!** Is there a cycling “season”? Sitting here in my office I can see outside and a little bit ago I could watch snow falling.  It is the end of Autumn but most folks are already calling this season Winter (though really, we have about 2 weeks of autumn left!).  ‘Tis the Season!  That is the official American phrase for December.  It can...

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Friday Opinion: Give Kids a Chance (12/2/11)

December 2, 2011
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Friday Opinion: Won’t Someone Think of the Children! ***Just so you know, up front on this post, it is going to take me a while to get around to biking, but I get there. Trust me okay?  Also, like all “Friday Opinion” articles, these are my thoughts alone and do not represent the entire Hub Collective*** A little over three years ago, children entered my life. It started by me becoming an uncle. Then my friend Gena had a child followed by Carolyn and Andrea over the next few years. My sister is now expecting another child. I had...

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December YEAB 2011

December 1, 2011
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Hey Everyone, So we have been super lucky this year.  This is  the second year that we have provided Youth Earn-a-Bike year-round and it has been a success.  Even now as December is beginning we have kids knocking down our door wanting to wrench on bikes which is a wonderful thing.  Last month in November we had 10 bikes leave our warehouse to go home with youth through our program! Anyway, I do have good news and bad news about December: First the bad news: We are only offering three Youth Earn-a-Bike sessions in December (the 3rd, 10th and...

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Retail Service Center (11/28/11)

November 28, 2011
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Hey Ya’ll, It has been so much fun telling you about our great programming and ranting about bike politics each week. The fun has been so overwhelming that we haven’t really updated you about our Retail Service Center in a while. Well, for those of you that haven’t been here before in the winter or aren’t from the great white north, it may not seem like much but – we finally have heat in our retail service center. What that really means is we built a sort of greenhouse around our workshop where the heat is contained for our...

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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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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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