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August/September Updates and Schedule

The shop schedule for the rest of August and for September is as follows:

Sundays: August 25, September 1, 8, 22, and 29: Shop Open Noon to 4 PM (closed September 15)

Tuesdays: August 27, September 3, 17, and 24: Shop Open 5 PM to 8 PM (closed September 10)

Thursdays: August 29: September 3, 19, and 26: Shop Open 5 PM to 8 PM (closed September 12)

There are several special events coming up. Here is the list:

August 23: All day at the ReUse MN booth at the Minnesota State Fair Eco Building. We also put on a show on the Sustainability Stage in the Eco Building at 2 PM on August 23 where you can win fabulous prizes.

September 7: University of MN ReUse Center Bicycle Sale. The sale runs from 10 AM to Noon, but plan on arriving no later than 8 AM for best selection. This sale is popular and bicycles sell out.

September 8: St. Paul Classic Bike Tour. Come visit us at our information table at University of St. Thomas.

September 14 and 15: All British Cycling Event. On September 15 we will have a special sale on vintage bike parts in the parking lot of Barley John’s Brew Pub in New Brighton around 9 AM. Come cheer on Mr. Michael as he competes in the Gravity Race and Pastry Joust.

September 16: The wait list for gift bicycles reopens at 9 AM.

September 21: City of Inver Grove Heights annual recycling event. Volunteer to help the MMRB crew gather and process donated bicycles. Send email to info@mmrbstore.com if you want to sign up to help.

September 28: City of Burnsville recycling event. Volunteer to help the MMRB crew gather and process donated bicycles. Send email to info@mmrbstore.com if you want to sign up to help.

Looking ahead, Cranksgiving 2019 is scheduled for Saturday, November 23 at Zion Lutheran Church, 1697 Lafond Avenue in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood. Registration begins at noon, riders are released at 1 PM to the sound of the church bell. This event is free, but riders should bring money to purchase food items to donate to the food program at the church.

As always, we can use volunteers to help out at the shop. Tasks include bicycle repair, dismantling bicycles, sorting parts, and cleaning the shop. If you want to volunteer, stop by any time that we are open and tell us what you can do. We will find you a way to help out. Hope to see you soon at the shop.

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Wait List is Closed

Please note that we have again closed our wait list for gift bicycles. It will reopen on Monday, September 16 at 9 AM. At that time you may call to get your name placed on our wait list. The reason that we close the list is that we have reached our limit of 60 requests. Because we are a mom and pop, all volunteer operation, we are unable to manage a list that is longer than that. We do our best to keep up with requests, but there is a limit to how many bicycles we are able to repair. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

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May/June Schedule and Update

The shop hours for the rest of May and for June are as follows:

Sundays – May 12, May 19, June 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 – Shop Open Noon to 4 PM (closed May 26)

Tuesdays – May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, and 25 – Shop Open 5 PM to 8 PM

Thursdays – May 9, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20, and 27 – Shop Open 5 PM to 8 PM (closed May 16)

The shop has been very busy with paid repairs, give away bicycles, and sales of used bicycles. We have lots of customers visiting the shop. Sometimes we get so busy that some customers have to wait for several minutes before we can serve them. For those who have given up and left, we are truly sorry for any inconvenience. We hope you will come back and give us a chance to help you with your bicycle needs.

The U of M spring bicycle sale is coming up at the end of the month – May 25 to be exact. The sale is held at the University of Minnesota ReUse Program Warehouse and begins promptly at 10 AM. If you are wanting to purchase a bicycle at this sale, get there early – like around 8 AM to queue up.

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April Schedule and Shop Update

The shop will be closed during the first week in April. Here is the full April schedule:

Sundays – April 14 and 28 – Shop Open Noon to 4 PM (closed April 7, and also April 21 for Easter)

Tuesdays – April 16, 23, and 30 – Shop Open 5 PM to 8 PM

Thursdays – April 11, 18, and 25 – Shop Open 5 PM to 8 PM

We will celebrate English Day on Sunday, April 28 during regular hours. For this special event, we bring out all our English bicycles, along with our selection of used parts and accessories. New this year, we are also offering you the opportunity to peruse and purchase vintage, new-old-stock English parts from Raleigh, Sturmey-Archer, and Phillips! This is a great chance to pick up all those bits and bobs you need to get your 3-Speed ready for the Lake Pepin Tour. As is our custom, we will serve tea and biscuits to our guests, and the shop crew will head to Merlin’s Rest after shop hours for a little English fare and a pint of good drink. You won’t want to miss this special event.

Bicycles are flying out the door, so if you want to buy one, get to the shop sooner rather than later so you can get the best selection.

Volunteer mechanics are always needed, so if you want to help us repair bicycles, show up during shop hours and we will find you a bicycle to fix. Please note that we do not train mechanics, so our volunteers need to already know the basics of bicycle repair. If you aren’t sure, show up and ask to process tear-downs. We usually have some bicycles that need to be dismantled and that is a great way to learn.

Spring has finally sprung! We hope to see you soon at the shop.

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March Update and Shop Schedule

The shop will be open in March as follows:

Sundays – March 3, 10. 17, 24, and 31 – Shop Open Noon to 4 PM

Tuesdays – March 5, 12, 19, and 24 – Shop Open 5 PM to 8 PM

Thursdays – March 7, 21, and 28 – Shop Open 5 PM to 8 PM (Closed March 14)

Saturday, March 16 – Shop open Noon to 4 PM for Sneak Peek Pop-Up

While business has been slow at the shop, we have been super busy. We traveled to three swaps to sell stuff and all three were a success. January we did Madison, February was Blaine, and early March was LaCrosse. We enjoy swap season as we get a little time on the road and get to see friends both old and new. Now we are looking ahead to the warmer weather, which we hope gets here someday.

We are expanding!! We leased a retail space two doors down from our current shop and we will be opening it up for a special pop-up sale on Saturday, March 16. The ready-to-ride bicycles will be sold from the new space, along with a large selection of vintage, new old stock items, and some nice accessories. Right now we have our largest ever selection of ready-to-ride bicycles, so if you are planning on buying a bicycle, you will want to shop early for best selection and to beat the rush. Some of the bicycles are brand new! These are some of our best ever deals, so check out these deals.

As always, we welcome volunteers to come and help us repair bicycles. We still are interested in training someone in how to run the front desk, so if you are interested, please come by and we can get you started. This job is a longer term commitment of at least one year and requires you to be there at least one day each week.

Hopefully the snow will melt soon. Don’t let the weather keep you away. We hope to see you soon at the shop.

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September Schedule and Update

The shop is closed for a couple of weeks to allow us some time for much needed rest. The schedule for the rest of September is as follows:

Tuesday, September 25 – 5 PM to 8 PM

Thursday, September 27 – 5 PM to 8 PM

Sunday, September 30 – Noon to 4 PM

The Saturday, September 8 Minneapolis Star-Tribune did a wonderful article about our shop. We appreciate the warm responses from the article. Please understand that the easiest part of the business is getting bicycles. Our storage space is limited, so we are asking that people please hold off on donations unless they are mountain or hybrid style bicycles to fit riders 5’10” and taller. We never get enough of those to satisfy demand. We also request that you take any kid size bicycles to one of the Allina drop off locations for Free Bikes 4 Kidz on Saturday, October 6. We have way more kid size bicycles than we can currently use. The best ways to help us are to volunteer your time to repair bicycles (mechanic experience is required), buy our bikes and/or parts, and pay us to repair your bicycles. We appreciate your support.

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August Schedule and Update

The shop schedule for the rest of August is as follows:

Sundays – August 5, 12, and 26, noon to 4 PM (closed August 19)

Tuesdays – August 7, 14, 21, and 28, 5 PM to 8 PM

Thursdays – August 9, 16, 23, and 30, 5 PM to 8 PM

Coming at the end of the month are two huge events. On August 31 we will be at the Minnesota State Fair staffing the ReUse Minnesota booth located in the Eco Building. Stop by to see us between 9 AM and 9 PM. We will also do a show on the Sustainability Stage at 5 PM on August 31, so stop by and see the show and you may even win a fabulous prize.

On September 1, we will again be at the University of Minnesota ReUse Center for the fall bicycle sale. This event runs from 10 AM to Noon, but people start lining up at least two hours before the sale opens. At least 150 bicycles will be available for sale with prices starting at just $50. Here is your chance to score a great deal on an affordable bicycle, so you won’t want to miss this sale.

Please note that we will be closed for a couple of weeks in mid-September. Otherwise, we are here most of the time at our regular hours so stop by the shop and see us soon.

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Wait List Reopens July 24 at 9 AM

The wait list for gift bicycles will reopen on Tuesday, July 24 at 9 AM. To get on the list, call 651-641-1037 any time after 9 AM on the 24th and leave the following information on the voice mail: Your first and last name, your height, the style of bicycle you prefer, and a reliable telephone number where we can reach you when your bicycle is ready. If you are a social service provider and wish to get a bicycle for a client, the request must be in your name, not the client’s, and you need to leave your telephone number. It is your responsibility to arrange to pick up the bicycle and deliver it to your client. You may bring your client to the shop, but do not tell the client to come and get it. The reason is that we have a very high no-show rate when clients are tasked with picking up bicycles. We have adopted this policy based on our 20 years of experience giving away bicycles. To all, please do not call before 9 AM on July 24. Any requests received before July 24 will be disregarded, while any requests received on July 24 but prior to 9 AM will be placed at the end of the list of timely requests received on the 24th. We have built some bicycles ahead, so some folks may get calls within a day or two to come and get bicycles. Please be prepared to get your bicycle within one week of our call to you, and please be sure your phone number is in service and the voice mail is properly set up. Thanks.

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Wait List Is Closed

We are sorry, but we have to close our wait list for gift bicycles. We have reached our limit of 60 requests. If you want to receive a bicycle, please call back any time after 9 AM on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Thanks for your understanding.

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March Updates and Schedule

The March shop schedule is as follows:

Sundays – March 11, 18, and 25 – Shop Open Noon to 4 PM (closed March 4)

Tuesdays – March 6, 13, 20, and 27 – Shop Open 5 PM to 8 PM

Thursdays – March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 – Shop Open 5 PM to 8 PM

We also have two special events. First is our final swap of the season at LaCrosse, WI on Saturday, March 3. If you are in the area, come to the LaCrosse swap at Logan Middle School between 10 AM and 2 PM. They always have some great deals, including closeouts and technical clothing samples from Team Borah. You won’t find better prices anywhere on new jerseys, shorts, tights, and jackets, all first quality clothing at thrift store prices. What’s not to love? We also will have the best of MMRB at our booth.

Our other special event is our first-ever pop-up sale at Zion Lutheran Church. This is scheduled for Saturday, March 24 and no bicycle will be priced over $100!! We also will offer free minor repairs on a walk-in, first come first serve basis. Pastor John always hosts fun events, and we’re sure that there will be some fun activities in addition to our sale. Anyone wishing to help us with this sale or with the repairs should contact us at 651-641-1037 to volunteer.

We are gearing up for spring. One issue we have is that all our garages are stuffed to the max with bicycles, and we are getting calls from our city partners that they have bicycles waiting for pickup at the recycling centers. We don’t know where we will put them. However, we do know that we will be offering a really huge sale on almost everything we have at MMRB just as soon as the weather cooperates.

If you know how to repair bicycles, we can always use your help. Just stop by the shop any time that we are open and Mr. Michael will find you a bicycle to repair. If you don’t know how to repair bicycles but still want to volunteer, we have parts that need sorting and plenty of things that need cleaning. Whatever your talents, we’re sure we can find you a way to contribute to our mission of giving bicycles to people in need.

As always, a huge thanks to our faithful volunteers. There is no way we could do everything that we do without them. We hope you will consider joining them. Hope to see you soon at the shop.