Youth Bike Summit photos by Omari Norman

March 4, 2014
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Youth Bike Summit photos by Omari Norman

Hey ya’ll, So I told you we would have updates from our youth that went on the Youth Bike Summit trip with us. I lied a little bit. They were asked to write up a summary of their experiences, but like most teenagers when we gave them extra work to do they were all like… However, Omari sent in photos he took! He did not write a summary up, but he brought along his camera to give us a little bit of a glimpse into the world of the Youth Bike Summit. I posted all of the photos he...

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Youth Bike Summit (Summary)

February 21, 2014
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Youth Bike Summit (Summary)

Hey Everyone, So we’ve been back from the Youth Bike Summit for four days and we haven’t said anything. WHAT HAVE WE BEEN DOING? Well, we drove all day on Monday so Tuesday involved a lot of sleeping. The past few days have been getting back to work here at the shop and reflection on what we saw at the Summit. I wanted to take a moment to let you know that the trip was a great success! We were able to take four of our  youth from the shop to participate in the summit. They met and were...

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Youth Bike Summit Weekend

February 14, 2014
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Hello everyone, As you may know, since it is Friday, February 14th – we are right now headed to the Youth Bike Summit in NYC. There is a crew of six of us going and we are super excited. When we get back we’ll have some amazing updates about it. This trip will impact Back Alley Bikes this weekend in the following way: THERE IS NO YOUTH EARN-A-BIKE ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH. Youth Earn-a-Bike will resume like normal on Saturday, Feb 22nd. Our Adult Mechanic Class on Sunday, Feb 16th will happen like normal with a special guest teacher...

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Eastside Earn-a-Bike is hiring

February 11, 2014
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Eastside Earn-a-Bike is hiring

Hello everyone, So we often work with other organizations that are trying to start up their own Earn-a-Bike operations. The Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative (DECC) is one such group that we are working with. They are ramping up to get some kids on bikes this year and they need some mechanic instructors. Here is a job posting they shared with us: ————————————————————————————————- Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative (Earn-A-Bike Program) Bicycle Mechanic Instructor (Part Time) Reports to Earn-A-Bike Coordinator The Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative seeks a part time Bicycle Mechanic Instructor to teach youth ages 12 to 18 how to repair...

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Bike of the Now: You Must Be This Tall To Ride

February 11, 2014
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Bike of the Now: You Must Be This Tall To Ride

Dawes Galaxy, yellow & chrome, 64 cm Reynolds 531 lugged diamond frame, 10 speed, new 27” Kenda tires on quick release wheels with Weinmann rims, center pull brakes, Sun Tour V-GT luxe & Sun Tour 7 derailleurs, Selle Royale saddle,  kickstand. Made in England. $300. This is one big beautiful bike. You’ll have to be over 6 feet tall to comfortably ride it. Also, you should appreciate  chrome – it’s rare to find so much on the frame.  It’s on the seat stays, the chain stays & the forks, & looks great with yellow. The Dawes Galaxy is a...

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Pedal for a Purpose

February 6, 2014
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Hey Everyone, So maybe you saw our Bike the Blizzard event and thought, “Looks like fun if you ditch the Blizzard part.” Well then I’ve got an opportunity for you! Our good friend Lainey from Club Fraser is doing an indoor bike-a-thon called Pedal for a Purpose. She is looking for riders to fill in 2 hour riding slots at Fraser Bicycle on March 8th. Below is a message from Lainey and what she is doing. If you are interested in joining Lainey, send an email (bab @ thehubofdetroit.org) and I’ll get you in contact with Lainey. From Lainey:...

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Snow Day (Feb 5th)

February 5, 2014
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Hey everyone, Quick update – Today, Wednesday, February 5th – Back Alley Bikes is calling a snow day. We’ll be doing some work at home, so please send emails if you need to get in contact with us. Also, VOLUNTEER NIGHT IS CANCELLED TONIGHT. Go have some fun sledding or something in the snow. Just be careful out there. The Hub of Detroit is open like normal. See ya next week!

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Bike the Blizzard Recap

January 29, 2014
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Bike the Blizzard Recap

Hello everyone! I was sick last week and had no business staying awake for two days. It all caught up with me this past Monday after Bike the Blizzard was over. The only reason I think I made it was the positive vibes. So much positive mental attitude going on around here this weekend. On Saturday we saw the first 4 bikes of 2014 get earned. Heather and I then bolted to go home before Bike the Blizzard began. I was back here at 11pm and Heather climbing the stairs at 11:30pm – she was not alone. Our beginning...

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Bike the Blizzard Mass

January 23, 2014
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Bike the Blizzard Mass

So a few days ago we updated you about Bike the Blizzard coming up. We hinted at a way you can join us in Biking the Blizzard. Due to increased interest in the event we decided to add a time of day when you can all come join us. On Sunday, January 26th at 2pm we will meet up outside of Back Alley Bikes and ride a 5 mile loop together. So if you aren’t registered for Bike the Blizzard but still want to ride with us…2pm is the time to meet up here. We will all do a...

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Bike the Blizzard Weekend

January 21, 2014
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Bike the Blizzard Weekend

Hey Everyone, Apparently those posters that Amos Kennedy made us have gotten the word out: Bike The Blizzard is upon us! There is a lot of hype and we’ve been getting phone calls and emails so I wanted to set some things straight and let you know the best way to participate. First, to set things straight, Bike the Blizzard is not a group ride. We WILL NOT be massing up and following a set path. We aren’t getting streets shut down, nor having a police escort. There is nothing wrong with those types of rides, but this isn’t...

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