Bike School


GEO: Gender Equality Outdoors

Gender Equality Outdoors is a space for female, trans, femme, and non-binary folks to share knowledge and enjoy the outdoors.

Events and workshops are offered on a sliding scale, by donation, or free.

All events meet or take place at the Bike School from 6 – 8 PM unless otherwise noted.

Join our facebook group for more info, events and discussion!

Know Your Bike Workshops

A series of one night classes designed as an introduction to your bike. We will learn how to fix a flat, basic brake and shifting adjustments, and answer questions you have about your bike.

Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 6 – 8 PM

Thursday, Dec. 5th, 6 – 8 PM

Tues., Jan. 14, 6 – 8 PM

Community Workshop: Make Your Own Panniers

1st workshop: Thursday, Oct 24: 6:00–8:00pm

2nd workshop: Thursday, Nov 21: 6:00–8:00pm

6:00–6:30 PM: Enjoy Snacks and Meet-and-Greet

6:30–8 PM: Build Panniers out of Tidy Cats Buckets

The Gear Hub Bike School @ 85 Anderson St., Portland, ME

Make easy-to-use & waterproof bicycle panniers (aka saddle bags) out of up-cycled Tidy Cats buckets. This Community Workshop is Do-It-Together (DIT)-style. Come have fun and feel the joy of carrying your things by bike without breaking your back.

Register Here

Pay what’s right for you

The workshop is free, or by sliding scale donation.  If it fits your budget to pay, please consider paying between $6.50 and $40 to support the project.

  • $6.50 / each pannier covers the direct cost of hardware
  • $7-10 / each pannier also covers the costs of snacks and other materials
  • $13-20 / each pannier makes this workshop free for others.

Plan on making either 1 or 2 panniers at the workshop.

Open Bench Time

Bike SchoolBring your bike into the Bike School and learn how to do your own repairs. There are 5 bike stands, benches and tool boards outfitted with bike-specific tools for the community to use. Work independently or ask our knowledgeable mechanics and volunteers questions while you work. No mechanical experience is necessary.

Every Thursday from 3 – 6 PM

$10 / hour or volunteer to earn Bench Time

Update for Thursday, 10 / 3/ 2019: Open Bench Time will not be at the Bike School today. Normal hours will resume next Thursday! If you are in need of assistance today, please call or visit the Washington Ave location for questions. We will be able to accommodate one person at a time from 3 – 6 at our retail and service location. Thanks!


Youth Wrench

Free drop-in afternoon for kids 16 and under.

Tuesdays 3 – 5 PM at the Bike School all year long

For more information and other youth programming, visit our Youth Page!

Group Rides


Hüphie Hauler Happy Hour Group Rides

Spring through Fall meet at the Gear Hub on Monday evenings to ride with a fun and casual group of cyclists. Rides are typically about 15 – 20 miles long and often include a stop for ice cream, tacos, or a beverage. This is a no drop ride, but expect to ride about 12 -15 mph. Lights mandatory at dusk and after dark!

Meets Mondays at the Garage at 5:30. Ride leaves around 5:45. (Spring, Summer, Fall)

Thursday Trail Rides

Every Thursday in the Spring and Summer join Gear Hub friends, volunteers, and staff for a fun trail ride. Fat bikes and rigid mountain bikes welcome! This is a no drop ride, but expect a quick and spirited pace. Bring lights, as rides will often go until dusk and sometimes just after dark.

We won’t ride trails if it’s raining, and sometimes we may opt to ride the roads if it’s not raining but the trails are wet.

Meets Thursdays at the Garage at 6. Ride leaves around 6:15. (Spring and Summer)

Bike Mechanic Classes

Bikes for All Mainers

Mechanics Bikes for All Mainers

Youth Programs

Youth Wrech Friday