Youth Programs

Fall + Winter 2018 Programs – Happening Now!

BOLT (Bicycle Outdoor Leadership Training)

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

Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:30 PM

  • 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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Junior Mechanics

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

Tuesdays and Thursdays 3 – 5 PM,  Classes will be available this fall +  winter of 2018.

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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Fly Girls

Congrats to Pheobe Parker for winning audience favorite at the 2018 Summer Broke & Stoked short outdoor film contest at the Maine Outdoor Film Festival! Watch her video on our girls mountain bike summer camp below:

More about Girls Mountain Bike Camp

The camp ran Monday – Friday from 9 to 4 everyday starting and ending at the Bike School. Throughout the week, the riders built confidence and had fun practicing handling drills, group rides, and basic mechanic lessons.

Instructor and mechanic, Sara Ramirez, lead the group on daily mountain bike rides. Afternoons were spent at the bike school with women from the Portland area who are experts in their given fields and guided the group in various activities meant to highlight how biking can extend to learning self-sufficiency, community, exploration, and conservation. Lessons included topics such as basic bike mechanics, stretching, bag making, route planning, and conservation.

Past Programs

Summer 2018 Programs

Youth Wrench

Kids worked on their bikes, volunteered to build a shop bike or helped their friends. Youth had the 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!

Youth Wrench was free thanks to funding from Androscoggin Bank’s Main Street Foundation!

Summer Youth Earn-a-Bike, 2018 

For youth ages 7 – 15.  Kids first stopped by the bike school to introduce themselves, meet the staff, and pick up a workbook. The workbook helped to expand knowledge of bike maintenance, safety, and traffic know-how. When the workbooks were completed, the students took home their bikes!

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!

Holiday Bike Blitz

In December of 2016 we hosted our 2nd Holiday Bike Blitz. Over 60 volunteers gathered at Oxbow Blending & Bottling on Was

hington 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 Kerry if your organization would like to be the recipient of free kids’ bikes next year!