Youth Programs

BOLT (Bicycle Outdoor Leadership Training)

6-month leadership development program for High School Freshmen and Sophomores

Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:30 PM, February 21 – August

  • 9th-10th Grade
  • 3 Overnight Adventures and a week-long trip this summer!
  • Program Fee: $1,500 – SUBSTANTIAL scholarships are available


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Youth Wrench

Free drop-in hours for youth under 16! 

Youth Wrench Fridays from 3 – 5 PM will begin again in April 2018. 

Kids can work on their own bike, volunteer to build a shop bike or help a friend. Youth will have an opportunity to learn basic bike maintenance, such as how to properly clean and lube a chain and patch a flat tube, and even true a wheel! All youth will be guided by a Gear Hub mechanic and volunteers on the proper and safe use of tools at all times in the shop.

Youth and their parents must fill out a permission slip together before youth can participate.

Download Youth Permission Slip Here

Junior Mechanics

4 week mechanic skills training program for youth ages 9 – 13

Tuesdays and Thursdays 3 – 5 PM,  Next class dates will be announced soon!

This 4-week program is designed for youth ages 11-13 who want to learn valuable skills in bike mechanics, maintenance, traffic safety, and leadership. The apprentices will meet twice a week after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. By the end of the program, the apprentices will walk away with practical skills in bike mechanics and maintenance, riding and traffic safety, and also a bike that they will build and tune themselves.

This advanced program is limited to 5 students. Download an application here or pick one up at the Bike School. Please deliver complete applications in person to the Portland Gear Hub Garage at 155 Washington Ave.

Youth Apprenticeship Program

The program is designed as an Earn-A-Bike program for students who need a bike.  The fee for the class, which includes a bike, is $320.  If a student already has a bike, and wants to attend the program, the fee is $190, and does not include a bike.  They may work on their own bike or choose to receive community service hours for their time building a bike for the shop.

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Congratulations to our Youth Apprentice Graduates!

Testimonial from Student: “Before I thought that bikes and repairs were really simple, but now I know that they’re not. I learned a lot. And my bike and new helmet are so cool!”

Testimonial from Parent:He is also an ADHD student, very bright and as you noted, mechanically inclined kid. Desk work and writing all day can be really hard for kids like him. At bike school, he was like a duck in water. He loved being so hands on and asks me about becoming a full fledged bike mechanic one day. :)”

Kids Bike Rodeo

A community earn-a-bike afternoon for kids ages 4 – 8

Friday, November 3 at Kennedy Park, 3 – 5 PM

In partnership with the East Bayside Study Center and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine

20 kids ages 4 – 8 from the East Bayside Study Center earned bikes, helmets and locks upon completing a bike rodeo course and visiting bike safety stations. Kids learned to properly fit their helmets, lock their bikes, learn the ABC Quick Check for bike maintenance, and practiced traffic safety skills in a rodeo course mapped out in the Kennedy Park basketball courts. All kids bikes were donated to the Portland Gear Hub and repaired by volunteers!

Girls Mountain Bike Camp and Bike Overnight

Aug. 21 – 25, Monday – Wednesday morning with Thursday/ Friday camping trip

Learn the ropes on the trail and with a wrench in this awesome new girls’ mountain bike camp hosted at the Bike School. The camp will run in the mornings Monday – Wednesday and culminate in an overnight bike camping trip down to Camp Ketcha. Instructor and mechanic, Leia Crosby, will lead the group on a route of trails, paths, and easy roads down to Camp Ketcha where the campers will get to swim in the pond, set-up tents and make a fire, and wake up to ride the trails across Camp Ketcha’s 107 acres in Scarborough. Throughout the week, the riders will build confidence and have fun practicing handling drills, group rides, shifting and braking demos, and basic mechanic lessons.

Ages 10 – 14

Summer 2018 Programs will be posted in January of 2018.

Youth Instructor: Leia Crosby

Leia grew up in South Portland and has lived and traveled all over the world. She has worked with youth and adults in the outdoors as a wilderness therapy guide and outdoor educator.  In 2015, she rode the TransAm, a 4,000 mile bicycle route across the United States along secondary roads. Since then she has lived and traveled through New Zealand, and most recently returned from Mexico where she completed the Baja Divide, a 1700-mile bikepacking route along the dirt roads of the Baja peninsula.  Leia is excited to be back in Maine and eager to share her passion for cycling with this vibrant community!

Holiday Bike Blitz

In December of 2016 we hosted our 2nd Holiday Bike Blitz. Over 60 volunteers gathered at Oxbow Blending & Bottling on Washington Ave to repair 70 kids bikes for the holiday season. The bikes were donated to youth organizations in the Portland area: Front Street Study Center, Portland Parks & Rec., Mayo St. Arts, the Root Cellar, and East Bayside Community Policing.

Funding for parts for the bicycles and the event was provided by Martin’s Point Health Care.

Please contact us if your organization would like to be the recipient of free kids’ bikes next year!