CommonWheels is Hiring for the 2014 Season!

We’re looking for two passionate, self-directed people: 

Event Coordinator:

CW is seeking an outgoing and organized person to manage Open Shops. This is a part-time, seasonal position for someone who wants to make a difference in their bike community and will take initiative, engage others, and promote our mission. Compensation is $15-18/hr

Mechanic/Bike Educator:

CW is seeking an experienced bike mechanic to staff Open Shops in partnership with the Event Coordinator. This is a part-time, seasonal position for someone who wants to empower every biker on the street to become their own mechanic. Compensation is $20/hr

Read the Full Descriptions at www.commonwheels.org/jobs

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CommonWheels is Looking for Board Members!

The CommonWheels Board serves as the backbone for all of our programs, keeping the organization running smoothly administratively, planning events and programs, and pitching in as volunteers on the ground. Board members play a brainstorming, fundraising, and leadership role to make our programs happen.

CW is excited to expand our Board and bring in people with new and diverse ideas about how to bring to life our mission “to empower people to use the bicycle to enhance their lives.”

To join CW for the 2014 season, please send an email to info@commonweels.org with the subject “Events Coordinator”, “Mechanic”, or “Board”

…and Stay Tuned for an ALLSTON BIKE SOCIAL coming up at the end of the month!

Help us win $4K to give out BLINKY LIGHTS

CommonWheels needs your help! Take 20 seconds and vote for our idea for a $4,000 grant from the B Good Family Foundation. http://www.bgoodfamilyfoundation.com/you-decide/

We want to use the money to make biking safer in Boston by heading out to the corner and handing out blinky lights to folks who are riding at night with no lights. We think riding at night without lights is just too dangerous, and B Good agrees. This is a simple way to make a big difference to make biking safer in Boston.

Please go to this link and vote for our idea: http://www.bgoodfamilyfoundation.com/you-decide/

And Thank you for the support

bgood

Open Shop Returns!

You know if must really be spring when Open Shop finally makes its triumphant return!  Free, DIY, guerilla-style bike maintenance is coming back to the streets of Allston this week.   For those of you who don't know what the deal, Open Shop is our flagship program.  We set up shop on the side of the road with our repair stands and tools, and then help you fix whatever might be ailing your bike, all for free.  We aim to demystify the bike so that you can maintain your ride yourself.

We're expanding our reach into North Allston this year, so Open Shop will alternate between Union Square (same location as last year), and Barry's Corner (corner of N. Harvard and Western Ave).  Here's a map with our two spots for the season.

What: Free, DIY, guerilla bike maintenance, and a great cycling community. 
When: Every Wednesday afternoon, from about 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm, weather permitting.
Where: Union Square Allston, or Barry's Corner Allston on alternating weeks.

A,B,Cs of Bike Maintenance! Fri, 4/12 at 4:30pm

After cleaning your bike last Sunday, I'm sure you've noticed that your tires may be running a bit low or your brakes a bit soft or your chain skips a bit... Well, we've got you covered! On Fri April 12 from 4:30-6:30 we will be hosting an A,B,Cs of Maintenance workshop at the Harvard Ed Portal Annex. We'll have pumps to inflate tires, wrenches to tighten brakes, and we'll cover the basics of derailleur adjustments to keep you shifting smoothly.

175 N Harvard St
in Allston, MA
02134!

Come by, learn a thing or two about your ride, and hang out with the CommonWheels Open Shop Crew!

 









Spring Bikes Party! April 6 at Refuge Cafe in Allston

We’re back in action!  to celebrate, we’re throwing a party in two weeks.

Come on out, enjoy a beer, get your dance on, paint some bikes!

CW bikes party4-6with love,

-CW

 

We’re Hiring!

We currently have a Winter Storm Warning in effect here in Boston, but Spring is, in fact, just around the corner.  We’ll be starting up our Open Shop program again very soon.  We’re expanding the program this year: multiple locations within Allston, two events per week, and a presence at two farmers markets.  In order to make this happen, we’re hiring on some passionate, friendly, organized, and hard-working folks for the season.  Hey! You’re a biker-lover with a passion for spreading the bike love and helping people get where they need to go by making sure their bike is properly maintained.  Why haven’t you applied yet??  It really seems like you should.

We have two positions we’re looking to fill.  The Event Coordinator is in charge of managing Open Shop from set-up to break-down.  The Mechanic takes the lead on repairs and instruction at Open Shop.  An Application consists of a brief cover letter and a resume, emailed to info@commonwheels.org with either “Event Coordinator” or “Mechanic” as the subject line by Friday, March 22nd.

Want to know more?  Just keep scrolling down!  Job descriptions are below.

* * * * * * *

CommonWheels Bicycle Co-Op is a nonprofit based in Allston. Our mission is to empower people to use the bicycle to enhance their lives. We aim to encourage bike riders of all experience levels and backgrounds to learn to maintain and repair their own bikes, to become confident, safe urban cyclists, and to discover new people and experiences on two wheels. We provide free skill-sharing workshops, creative group rides, tools and peer instruction, multilingual resources, and community.

Our flagship program is Open Shop, which takes place at Farmers’ Markets and on weekday evenings on major bike thoroughfares. We provide free access to tools and peer instruction on bicycle repair and maintenance. We flag people down as they ride by, and offer free air and bike checks; most people who stop to pump up their tires find that they could also use a brake adjustment, chain lube, or other repairs, maintenance, or fit adjustment. In addition to the ride- by participants, people seek us out for help with repair issues, to work on building a bike, or to purchase a discounted helmet or light. We do not keep many parts in stock; we are focused on simple repairs and diagnosis of major issues. Unlike a bike shop, CommonWheels shows people how to repair and maintain their bike themselves.

Mechanic/Bike Educator:

CommonWheels is seeking a passionate and self-directed person with demonstrated mechanics experience to staff Open Shop events in conjunction with an Event Coordinator and additional volunteers. This is a part-time, seasonal position.

Responsibilities:

  • Diagnose bike repair and maintenance issues
  • Walk participants through repair process, instructing them on how to do the repairs themselves, and demystifying bicycle mechanics for the participants
  • Complete bike repairs of minor and moderate intensity (e.g. fix flat tires, adjust/replace brakes and cables, true wheels, adjust/replace chains, repack hubs and bottom brackets, adjust derailleurs, adjust bike fit), particularly related to safety check
  • Diagnose major repair issues and make recommendations (running the gamut from “go buy this part and come back and we’ll fix it together” to “you’re really better off with a new bike”)
  • Keep track of tools and assist Event Coordinator with inventory of materials/parts used
  • Run workshops on bicycle repair topics such as fixing a flat, cleaning and lubing drivetrain, and occasionally more advanced topics

Requirements:

  • Must have at least 1 year mechanics experience.
  • Must be comfortable working with a wide range of bicycles of all styles, ages, and levels of disrepair.
  • Comfortable working outdoors from April through October (tent provided; events cancelled in cases of severe weather).
  • Conversational Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese or Korean a plus.
  • Must be highly responsible and able to work independently.
  • Must be friendly, patient, and excited to empower others to learn bicycle mechanics.

Time Commitment:

Open Shop: One weeknight per week from April through September, usually 5-8pm, – flexible depending on availability of Staff

Farmers’ Market: one per week from May through October, alternating Fridays 4-7pm and Saturdays 11-3pm

Location:
Allston, alternating weeks between Union Square (Jackson Mann Community Center) and Barry’s Corner (intersection of N. Harvard and Western Ave in North Allston)

Compensation: contract position, equivalent of $20 – $25/hr

Event Coordinator:

CommonWheels is seeking a passionate, organized and self-directed person to manage Open Shop events in conjunction with a mechanic and additional volunteers. This is a part-time, seasonal position for someone who wants to make a difference in their bike community. We are looking for someone who will take initiative, engage others, and promote our Open Shops.

Responsibilities:

  •     Transport equipment to and from storage space to event location via bicycle trailer
  •     Set up/break down events, including farmers’ market-style tent
  •     Be friendly and outgoing, actively reaching out to bikers passing by and visitors to the farmers’ market, and utilize social media to promote events.
  •     Ensure that all participants sign an electronic waiver before their bike is worked on
  •     Provide peer instruction on basic maintenance and repairs, such as pumping tires, fixing a flat, lubing a chain, and tightening brakes (training will be provided)
  •     Provide advice and resources on safe urban riding skills, good bike routes for transportation and/or recreation, where to buy a bike, etc.
  •     Keep track of donations and keep inventory of materials used at each event
  •     Coordinate with volunteers

Requirements:

  •     Ability to work independently.
  •     Must be reliable, consistent, organized and prompt.
  •     Experienced in cycling in and around Boston.
  •     Able to lift up to 25 lbs and ride a bike with a trailer attached in urban setting.
  •     Comfortable working outdoors from April through October (tent provided; events cancelled in cases of severe weather)
  •     Conversational Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese or Korean a plus.
  •     Must be friendly, patient, and excited to empower others to become their own mechanic.
  •     Skills with basic bicycle maintenance and repair not required but a plus.

Time Commitment:

Open Shop: One weeknight per week from April through September, available 4-9pm (event 5-8pm plus setup/breakdown)- flexible depending on availability of Staff
Farmers’ Market: one per week from May through October, alternating between Fridays 3-8pm (market 4-7 pm) and Saturdays 10am-4pm (market 11am-3pm)

Location:

 Allston, alternating weeks between Union Square (Jackson Mann Community Center) and Barry’s Corner (intersection of N. Harvard and Western Ave in North Allston)

Compensation: contract position, $15 – $18/hr

CommonWheels is an equal employment opporunity employer.  Women, people of color, LGBTQ persons, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 

We’re Hiring!

We currently have a Winter Storm Warning in effect here in Boston, but Spring is, in fact, just around the corner.  We'll be starting up our Open Shop program again very soon.  We're expanding the program this year: multiple locations within Allston, two events per week, and a presence at two farmers markets.  In order to make this happen, we're hiring on some passionate, friendly, organized, and hard-working folks for the season.  Hey! You're a biker-lover with a passion for spreading the bike love and helping people get where they need to go by making sure their bike is properly maintained.  Why haven't you applied yet??  It really seems like you should.

We have two positions we're looking to fill.  The Event Coordinator is in charge of managing Open Shop from set-up to break-down.  The Mechanic takes the lead on repairs and instruction at Open Shop.  An Application consists of a brief cover letter and a resume, emailed to info@commonwheels.org with either "Event Coordinator" or "Mechanic" as the subject line by Friday, March 22nd.

Want to know more?  Just keep scrolling down!  Job descriptions are below.

* * * * * * *

CommonWheels Bicycle Co-Op is a nonprofit based in Allston. Our mission is to empower people to use the bicycle to enhance their lives. We aim to encourage bike riders of all experience levels and backgrounds to learn to maintain and repair their own bikes, to become confident, safe urban cyclists, and to discover new people and experiences on two wheels. We provide free skill-sharing workshops, creative group rides, tools and peer instruction, multilingual resources, and community.


Our flagship program is Open Shop, which takes place at Farmers’ Markets and on weekday evenings on major bike thoroughfares. We provide free access to tools and peer instruction on bicycle repair and maintenance. We flag people down as they ride by, and offer free air and bike checks; most people who stop to pump up their tires find that they could also use a brake adjustment, chain lube, or other repairs, maintenance, or fit adjustment. In addition to the ride- by participants, people seek us out for help with repair issues, to work on building a bike, or to purchase a discounted helmet or light. We do not keep many parts in stock; we are focused on simple repairs and diagnosis of major issues. Unlike a bike shop, CommonWheels shows people how to repair and maintain their bike themselves.

Mechanic/Bike Educator:

CommonWheels is seeking a passionate and self-directed person with demonstrated mechanics experience to staff Open Shop events in conjunction with an Event Coordinator and additional volunteers. This is a part-time, seasonal position.

Responsibilities:

  • Diagnose bike repair and maintenance issues
  • Walk participants through repair process, instructing them on how to do the repairs themselves, and demystifying bicycle mechanics for the participants
  • Complete bike repairs of minor and moderate intensity (e.g. fix flat tires, adjust/replace brakes and cables, true wheels, adjust/replace chains, repack hubs and bottom brackets, adjust derailleurs, adjust bike fit), particularly related to safety check
  • Diagnose major repair issues and make recommendations (running the gamut from “go buy this part and come back and we’ll fix it together” to “you’re really better off with a new bike”)
  • Keep track of tools and assist Event Coordinator with inventory of materials/parts used
  • Run workshops on bicycle repair topics such as fixing a flat, cleaning and lubing drivetrain, and occasionally more advanced topics

Requirements:

  • Must have at least 1 year mechanics experience.
  • Must be comfortable working with a wide range of bicycles of all styles, ages, and levels of disrepair.
  • Comfortable working outdoors from April through October (tent provided; events cancelled in cases of severe weather).
  • Conversational Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese or Korean a plus.
  • Must be highly responsible and able to work independently.
  • Must be friendly, patient, and excited to empower others to learn bicycle mechanics.

Time Commitment:

Open Shop: One weeknight per week from April through September, usually 5-8pm, - flexible depending on availability of Staff

Farmers’ Market: one per week from May through October, alternating Fridays 4-7pm and Saturdays 11-3pm

Location:
Allston, alternating weeks between Union Square (Jackson Mann Community Center) and Barry’s Corner (intersection of N. Harvard and Western Ave in North Allston)

Compensation: contract position, equivalent of $20 - $25/hr

Event Coordinator:


CommonWheels is seeking a passionate, organized and self-directed person to manage Open Shop events in conjunction with a mechanic and additional volunteers. This is a part-time, seasonal position for someone who wants to make a difference in their bike community. We are looking for someone who will take initiative, engage others, and promote our Open Shops.

Responsibilities:

  •     Transport equipment to and from storage space to event location via bicycle trailer
  •     Set up/break down events, including farmers’ market-style tent
  •     Be friendly and outgoing, actively reaching out to bikers passing by and visitors to the farmers’ market, and utilize social media to promote events.
  •     Ensure that all participants sign an electronic waiver before their bike is worked on
  •     Provide peer instruction on basic maintenance and repairs, such as pumping tires, fixing a flat, lubing a chain, and tightening brakes (training will be provided)
  •     Provide advice and resources on safe urban riding skills, good bike routes for transportation and/or recreation, where to buy a bike, etc.
  •     Keep track of donations and keep inventory of materials used at each event
  •     Coordinate with volunteers


Requirements:

  •     Ability to work independently.
  •     Must be reliable, consistent, organized and prompt.
  •     Experienced in cycling in and around Boston.
  •     Able to lift up to 25 lbs and ride a bike with a trailer attached in urban setting.
  •     Comfortable working outdoors from April through October (tent provided; events cancelled in cases of severe weather)
  •     Conversational Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese or Korean a plus.
  •     Must be friendly, patient, and excited to empower others to become their own mechanic.
  •     Skills with basic bicycle maintenance and repair not required but a plus.



Time Commitment:


Open Shop: One weeknight per week from April through September, available 4-9pm (event 5-8pm plus setup/breakdown)- flexible depending on availability of Staff
Farmers’ Market: one per week from May through October, alternating between Fridays 3-8pm (market 4-7 pm) and Saturdays 10am-4pm (market 11am-3pm)

Location:

 Allston, alternating weeks between Union Square (Jackson Mann Community Center) and Barry’s Corner (intersection of N. Harvard and Western Ave in North Allston)

Compensation: contract position, $15 - $18/hr

CommonWheels is an equal employment opporunity employer.  Women, people of color, LGBTQ persons, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.














Blizzard Riding 2013!

For the past month we've been sending out Winter Tips on our Facebook and Twitter. Here's a few to keep you riding out during Boston Blizzard Nemo 2013!

 

#1: Be aware of your long coat hanging low and covering your rear light — if it’s blocked, maybe change where your light sits on your bike.

 

#2: If you’re ever riding on black ice or frozen cold metal grates, just keep the handle bars straight, don’t turn, and don’t brake! That’ll help you from slipping.

 

#3: Always have gloves – they will keep you a lot happier. Outer thicker/cycling gloves, inner glove liners, and hand warmers are great on really cold days. Also, surgical plastic gloves work well as a cheap first layer to keep hands dry during wet ride.

 

#4: Is it getting pretty wet out? You can use plastic bags (free from CVS) and wrap your shoes or put it over your socks in your shoes to keep your feet dry. Cheap and classy!

 

#5: Decrease your tire pressure when riding on snow, maybe by 10–15 PSI; you’ll go slower but get more traction and have an easier time riding over the chunky rock-salts.

 

#6: Plan your attire for “10 minutes into your ride.” Layer up (non-cotton clothes; base, middle, insulation, waterproof) keeping in mind you’re burning calories; start colder and warm up into your clothes. Riding overheated is an uncomfortable way to roll. But, if your ride is less than 10 minutes, start warm and stay warm!

 

#7: Lube Your Chain! Even if there’s no snow, you’re still riding in salt and sand. Do it every other week at the minimum, with the real stuff (not WD-40!).

 

#8: Lowering your seat just a bit may help keep balance, especially if you need to catch yourself slipping on a turn or on ice.

 

#9: Is your head cold under that helmet? Get a thin cap, or a bandana, or even tape up the holes to keep that warmth in!

 

#10: Fenders are great at keeping that melting slush from splashing your back (skunk trail). You can modify most types to fit your bike, or make some with duct tape and a box.

 

#11: Even if the snow has melted, the sand on the roads can be just as slippery as ice, so take care, go slow on turns, prepare to catch yourself sliding.

 

#12: Brake Twice; the first squeeze is to clean off your rims, which will make sure you stop nice and quick on round two.

 

#13: Stash a plastic bag under your seat or in your bag so when it’s raining you can cover your saddle while briefly locked up outside.

 

#14: In 15 degree weather, a good face mask will be the best $25 you can spend.

 

#15: If you have to bike in 5 degrees for an extended period of time, you’re risking minor frostbite on any exposed skin. Put a thin layer of Vaseline or the like on your nose and cheeks to prevent frostbite. It’s extreme, but so are you!

 

#16: You lose lots of moisture from breathing out steam in the cold, though you may not realize it. Remember to stay hydrated out there!

 

#17: The weather can change fast over the course of the day. If the weather changes and you don’t want to ride, be multimodal and take your bike on the T.

 

#18: A nice thrift store wool sport coat makes for a warm, effective outer layer that you won’t mind getting a bit dirty on slushy days.

 

#19: Potholes are common after a few days of hard freeze followed by a warming. The expanded soil beneath the asphalt melts back down and causes the pavement to crumble. Keep an eye out for new potholes in your commute.

 

#20: Consider packing some extra batteries for your lights. The cold can effect electronics and drain your juice. Stay bright out there!


Winter Bike Maintenance Workshop!

Saturday December 8, 1:30-3pm
at the Harvard Allston Education Portal
175 N Harvard St, Allston 02134

An essential part of winter riding is keeping the salt and sand from destroying your ride. So this Saturday we’re getting together to talk maintenance, and then dirtying our hands dirty by cleaning our bikes!

This is the 3rd installment of our Winter Biking workshops: we’ll teach the basics of cleaning and maintenance during the cold and wet season in Boston. We’ll have the materials on hand to allow everyone to clean their bicycles of the grit gathered from urban riding, and send everyone home with a “wipe and lube” kit.

So come by the Education Portal, get the tools you’ll need to keep your bike nice in the bad weather, and maybe play a round of mini-golf after the workshop (seriously, they have indoor mini-golf there!)

This presentation is also supported by MassBike and the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness, and is free and open to the public.
See you there!

Winter Bike Maintenance Workshop!

Saturday December 8, 1:30-3pm
at the Harvard Allston Education Portal
175 N Harvard St, Allston 02134

An essential part of winter riding is keeping the salt and sand from destroying your ride. So this Saturday we’re getting together to talk maintenance, and then dirtying our hands dirty by cleaning our bikes!

This is the 3rd installment of our Winter Biking workshops: we’ll teach the basics of cleaning and maintenance during the cold and wet season in Boston. We’ll have the materials on hand to allow everyone to clean their bicycles of the grit gathered from urban riding, and send everyone home with a “wipe and lube” kit.

So come by the Education Portal, get the tools you’ll need to keep your bike nice in the bad weather, and maybe play a round of mini-golf after the workshop (seriously, they have indoor mini-golf there!)

This presentation is also supported by MassBike and the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness, and is free and open to the public.
See you there!