Youth Programs

Summer 2018 Programs – Happening Now!

Youth Wrench

Free drop-in hours for youth under 16! 

Youth Wrench is on Tuesday’s from 3 – 5:30 PM all summer long! 

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

Summer Youth Earn-a-Bike, 2018 

Open to youth ages 7 – 15.  Kids first stop by the bike school to introduce themselves, meet the staff, and pick up a workbook. The workbook helps to expand knowledge of bike maintenance, safety, and traffic know-how. When the workbook gets completed, the student can take home their bike!

For more information email our Program Mechanic, Sara Ramirez :

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

Download Youth Permission Slip Here

Fall + Winter 2018 Programs – Happening Soon!

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

For more information visit

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.

Financial Aid Form

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. :)”

Past Programs

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.

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