Here at the Portland Gear Hub we’re all about equipping you with the knowledge you need to have as much fun as possible in the outdoors! All of our classes and workshops are taught by our team of friendly and professional mechanics and educators. Learn new skills in a fun and inclusive environment. Sliding-Scale Pricing is available on many Intro sessions. Click on a class to learn more!
Our Be Your Own Bike Mechanic classes are posted the month ahead of the fall and spring seasons. Registration for the 2024 January session will be posted on Friday, December 8th.
We keep class sizes small to maximize learning and detailed instruction catered to each student’s bike. Classes fill up quickly! To hear about new classes, Sign up for the newsletter here and follow us on Instagram @portlandgearhub.
Be Your Own Bike Mechanic
Be Your Own Bike Mechanic is offered as a 6-week course at our Bike School. Throughout the class you’ll learn about all aspects of your bike, from the quick releases to the headset. Students will build confidence to tackle bike projects on their own, learn the anatomy and nuances of their bikes, and be able to identify mechanical problems. This popular series is taught by professional mechanics and educators who love sharing their knowledge of bicycles.
Be Your Own Bike Mechanic Scholarship
7 Scholarships in 4 different classes granted! Thank you!
This scholarship is for the mechanic-curious person who is trans, non-binary, genderqueer, two-spirit, femme, or women. This scholarship covers the $325 fee for our Gender Equality Outdoor (GEO) Edition of the Be Your Own Bike Mechanic class – a comprehensive 6 week course at our Bike School that meets once a week for 2 hours. Each 2 hour session consists of a lecture and hands-on bike mechanic practice. This scholarship can be applied to any GEO Editions of the Be You Own Bike Mechanic Class.
Gender Equality Outdoors
GEO programs are taught by and for women, femmes, two-spirit, nonbinary, and trans folks of all identities.
MTB Skill Builder Series
The MTB Skill Builder Series is great for new riders or those looking to practice the basics. You’ll hone your body positioning while riding in different terrain, refine your shifting & braking technique, work on climbing & descending, & practice trail etiquette as we get oriented to the different trails systems available in the area. These sessions provide ample opportunities for group discussion and practice of specific skills, and are great way to meet new trail riding friends too!
Intro to Basic Bike Maintenance
Intro to Basic Bike Maintenance is a one-time class taught at our Bike School location. This introductory class is a great start to understanding your bike, how it works, and how to keep it properly maintained. Students will learn bike anatomy, fixing-a-flat, and what tools and knowledge you need to be prepared while out riding. This one-time class is taught by professional mechanics who love sharing their knowledge of bicycles. Sliding scale pricing is available.
Open Bench Time
Open Bench Time is an all-ages drop-in program at our Bike School location open to the community to work on your own bike. Work independently using our repair stands, benches, and tools. A Gear Hub mechanic and volunteers are available for assistance and to answer questions. This program is open to anyone, no mecanical experience required. A bench can be used for a maximum of 90 minutes at a time. Open Bench Time is offered at a sliding scale with a suggested donation of $20 per session.