Our Earn-A-Bike program provides Lancaster’s youth the opportunity to earn a bike they’ve built themselves! Participation in this after-school program will offer kids the chance to learn the basics of bicycle maintenance through supervised, hands-on assembly of their very own donated bike. The program will include road safety instruction in addition to assembly and maintenance education, so graduates are fully prepared to take their newly earned bikes home and continue to operate them safely for years to come. Earn-A-Bike graduates will become eligible to volunteer at future sessions of the program and at Open Shop, and to make use of shop amenities during scheduled hours. As we grow, we hope to draw from our pool of graduates to staff our community bike shop.
Anyone between the ages of 12 and 17 is eligible for these classes.
Our shop is open on a first-come, first-served basis to members of the community interested in repairing or performing routine/preventive maintenance on their own bicycles where you will be able to use a shop workstation to diagnose, repair or maintain your bike. All are welcome and encouraged to participate, because we want everyone to enjoy using their bikes, plus our mechanics will be available to answer questions and give guidance.
You can visit the shop to take advantage of this program Tuesday through Friday from 4-6 pm year round.
Self Service Sessions are free to the public and subsist by donation.
*We do not offer Self Service Times during our Earn-a-Bike programs which take place on designated Tuesdays and Thursday’s during the school year. Please call to check before you make plans to visit.
Adult Beginner Mechanic Class
This class is created for folks who want to learn about bikes in a safe and fun environment designed to help participants grow as mechanics – with skills that they can use on their own rides or to assist us with our programs.
During the two-day session, you’ll learn how to perform routine maintenance on your own bicycle through supervised, hands-on instruction from our professional mechanics.
The program will include:
- How to clean and inspect a bicycle for an mechanical issues
- Flat tire repair
- Brake adjustments
- Shifting adjustments
- One copy of Park Tool’s Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair
The best part is that you’ll not just be learning for your own sake, but you can also help us to prepare bicycles for our other programs and learn the skills necessary to assist with our other classes or drop-in sessions.