Youth bike repair classes
what is Earn-A-Bike?
In our signature bike repair class, youth learn how to fix bikes and earn community service hours! During this after-school program, you can practice your skills on bikes we repair and give back to the community. In addition to working on donated bike projects, you can pick out and fix up your own bike, or earn cool bike parts and accessories!
Our classes include:
- Beginner Repair classes where youth learn about simple mechanics and are able to earn a BMX bicycle with community service hours
- Intermediate Repair classes encompass more difficult bike repair lessons on more complex bikes and youth can earn a mountain bike with hours
- Advanced Repair classes are for youth who are interested in working in a bike shop or in entering our Bicycle Leaders Program. Youth who graduate from this class can mentor and apprentice in our programs as instructors and as mechanics in our bike shop and Bike Mobile.
2020 FALL SESSION
In-Person Bike Mobile Educational Clinics (Youth ages 13-18)
The bike mobile is offering a limited number of educational bike repair clinics in the Rainier Valley corridor to expand the knowledge of young people who use their bicycle as a tool for transportation and fun. Through these clinics, we are focusing our energy on serving young people from these specific area codes: 98108, 98118, 98144, 98168, and 98178. Please help us to provide access and opportunities for our community members in the south end of Seattle by registering for our clinics only if you live within these area codes. 10 students per session, register for one or register for all three!
Registered students will find out where to meet, all sites in SE Seattle on Saturdays from 2 – 3 PM
10/24: Fix-a-Flat Clinic
Join us to learn one of the most essential bike repairs. You might have a bike laying around collecting dust, just because of a flat tire. Come for the knowledge and leave with the essential fix a flat tools to fix you and your neighbors/friend’s/family’s bike.
11/7: Basic Maintenance Clinic
Learn some general quick fixes that any person who rides a bike should know. We will teach you about the ABC Quick Check, how to adjust cable tension, and how to take the wheels off your bike quickly and easily – as well as what tools you should carry if you are a daily rider.
Youth + Adult
Virtual bike repair class for one adult and one youth to work together – all ages welcome
Registered students will receive the supplies for their class delivered to their homes if they live in the 98108, 98118, 98144, 98168, and 98178 zip codes – if you do not live in these zip codes, you will need to pick up the supplies (BMX bike/tools) a before the class start, and then return them after class ends so we have them for the following class of new participants. After the bikes are checked, they will go to youth in our Bikes-for-All program in SE Seattle.
Each individual session will include a lesson on basic maintenance including the ABC Quick Check, how to adjust cable tension, and how to take the wheels off your bike quickly and easily in order to fix a flat tire. All families will get to keep the essential fix a flat tools and supplies after their class, as well as learn about what other tools you should carry if you are a daily rider.
Dates for these individual sessions are Saturday 10/24, 11/7, and 11/21 from 10 AM – 12 PM. Please only sign up for ONE session.
Price: Pay what you can – $50 suggested / $75 pay-it-forward*
** PAYMENT INFO**
Bike Works strives to make programming accessible to all youth.
*At Bike Works, all of our programming is on a sliding scale cost. Through this payment structure, we are able to provide programming for anyone who is interested in bike riding and repair, no matter what they can afford to pay. We believe that it is more important than ever to be creating access and opportunities for communities disproportionately affected by institutional racism, classism, and sexism. We ask that individuals and families who are able to pay the full cost of our classes help by paying it forward for community members who cannot afford to pay full price, or at all.