The calm before the (student) storm (September newsletter)

“You never have the wind with you — either it is against you or you’re having a good day.” – Daniel Behrman

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10 September 2013

It’s the calm before the storm, the peaceful moment before streets are once again filled with the laughter of young adults (erm, quasi-adults) making their way to university classes, pubs, and too many unpaid internships.

August was remarkably busy for a “holiday” month, and the 31st saw our strongest day in the workshop yet! We’re hoping September can live up to it (as long as the rain is kept at bay, we’re hopeful).

This month we’ve got more exciting things than just open workshops. It’s our one year anniversary party (woohoo!) this Saturday from 7-9.30pm, there’s a Critical Mass and talk by Roger Geffen on the 27th, and a host of talks and events to come throughout autumn. Keep reading!

Until the deluge of students arrive, ride on,
-Cassiope, Elle, and Will


Anniversary clues


14 September – 7.00-9.30pm

Oh, what’s that? Our 1-year anniversary party is ALREADY in your diary? What are you reading this for? Go tell your friends how awesome it’s going to be!

Also, check out the clues (picture to the left). If you visit all the checkpoints (starting 5pm on Saturday afternoon) and collect the item located at each one you’ll get a prize (inner tubes, patch kits, and keychains are all up for grabs).

Then it’s homemade nibbles, drinks (BYOB), old cycling films, music, and good conversation at the workshop.


Roger Geffen, Bike to the FutureTo Infinity…and Beyond!

A talk by Roger Geffen
Campaigns & Advocacy Director
CTC, the national cycling charity

27 September

6.30pm – Critical Mass
Meet on Broad Street, free

7.30pm – Lecture and discussion
East Ox Community Centre
£5/£4 conc.


We're still open!

We’re still open!

Our lovely landlords at The Story Museum are beginning construction on a new cafe and bookshop. This means the courtyard is busy with MONSTER TRUCKS and RUBBISH BINS and other exciting things.

But we’re STILL OPEN during all advertised hours and courses.



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Bike Mechanics 101 (info)
October 12 & 19 – 9am-12pm
November 11 & 12 – 6-9pm
Get the basics of how your bike works: clean and lubricate, diagnose problems, index gears, and align brakes.

Build-a-Bike (info)
December 8 – 9am-6pm
Walk away with a complete bicycle, and the knowledge of how to fix it! Course limited to 4 people, so sign up quick.



Isis Cyclists CTCCycling for women

Isis Cyclists CTC run short bike rides for women in Oxford with the aim of encouraging non-cyclists to get back on their bikes and commuters to enjoy leisure cycling – all as a step towards health, having fun and meeting new people.
Individual rides are announced via Google Group monthly newsletter. To register for this please email



CycloxEvents ’round town

All events are FREE and located at St Michael’s in the Northgate (Cornmarket entrance), starting at 7.30 p.m.

Thurs 19 September
Oxford’s got Boris Bikes!
David Early and colleagues from the Planning & Transport Policy Service will talk about the Headington cycle hire scheme.

Thurs 17 October
Plain Speaking
With the county council  receiving £1m from the City Deal Initiative to improve things for cyclists on the roundabout at St Clements, this meeting is an opportunity for cyclists to voice their difficulties with The Plain, to hear the planners view of the problem and for all parties to look at solutions.

Thurs 21 November
Can We Get Britain Cycling?
Philip Darnton, OBE, Executive Director and Former Chairman of the Bicycle Association of Great Britain

Weds 5 December
46,000 miles and 61 countries later

Barrack's Lane Community Garden Harvest FestivalStolen bike!



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