These Free Programs for Kids Are Building an Army of Junior Bike Mechanics

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Photo credit: Trevor Raab
Photo credit: Trevor Raab

From Bicycling

There’s a new kind of classroom popping up in bike shops and cycling co-ops across the US. They’re full of grease-spotted junior bike mechanics learning the mysteries of the bottom bracket, the intricacies of derailleurs, and the satisfaction of building the bike they’ll ride.

These programs, like Recycle a Bicycle in NYC and Bike Works in Seattle, teach more than 11,000 kids the art of bike maintenance every year. And many include earn-a-bike programs, where kids accrue shop hours to exchange for a refurbished bike—often overhauled by their own wrench and steered by adult volunteers and older students.

“We just started our earn-a-bike program to get kids off the street and give them something to do,” says Cristian Sandoval, director of the San Antonio-based Earn a Bike Co-op. “Now we’ve partnered with schools to empower kids to get into cycling and learn repair. Last year 600 kids participated, and 300 took home their own bikes.”

Many in-person programs like Sandoval’s have been put on pause since the pandemic began, or moved to virtual learning. But they all still need donations to continue producing the next generation of cyclists. Below, you can find your nearest program to donate an old bike, money, or time.

Photo credit: Trevor Raab
Photo credit: Trevor Raab

NATIONWIDE

Trips for Kids Earn a Bike

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ALABAMA

Trips for Kids Birmingham

Birmingham

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ALASKA

No current programs

ARIZONA

Trips for Kids Phoenix

Gilbert

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Bike Saviours Work Trade Program

Tempe

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Bicas (Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage)

Tucson

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ARKANSAS

Recycle Bikes for Kids (16+ program)

Little Rock

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CALIFORNIA

Trips for Kids Buellton

Buelton

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Trips for Kids San Rafael

Marin

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The Crucible’s Earn a Bike

Oakland

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Cycles of Change

Oakland

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Trips for Kids High Desert Riders

Palmdale

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Trips for Kids Sacramento

Sacramento

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Pedal Power

Santa Barbara

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Trips for Kids Tulare County

Visalia

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COLORADO

Lucky Bikes Earn a Bike

Denver

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CONNECTICUT

BiCi Co

Hartford

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Danbury Youth Services

Danbury

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DELAWARE

Urban Bike Project

Wilmington

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FLORIDA

FLIPANY

Fort Lauderdale

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GEORGIA

Bearings Bike Shop

Atlanta

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Trips for Kids Fulton County

Johns Creek

pedalpushkids@gmail.com

Trips for Kids Middle Georgia

Macon

info@gafitfest.com

HAWAII

Trips for Kids Hawaii

Puna

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IDAHO

Boise Bicycle Project

Boise

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ILLINOIS

Blackstone Bicycle Works

Chicago

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The Recyclery

Chicago

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Trips for Kids Chicago Voyagers

Palatine

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West Town Bikes

Chicago

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INDIANA

Freewheelin’ Community Bikes

Indianapolis

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Kids Building Bikes

Indianapolis

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Trips for Kids Griffin Bike Park

Terre Haute

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IOWA

Des Moines Street Collective

Des Moines

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KANSAS

Bike Walk Wichita

Wichita

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KENTUCKY

No current programs

LOUISIANA

Rubarb Community Bike Shop

New Orleans

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MAINE

Nasson Youth Community Bike Center

Sanford

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Trips for Kids Nasson

Springvale

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Trips for Kids Midcoast Maine

Westport Island

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MARYLAND

Baltimore Youth Collective Energy Collective (BYKE)

Maryland

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MASSACHUSETTS

Trips for Kids Fall River

Fall River

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Bikes Not Bombs Earn a Bike

Jamaica Plain

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Worcester Earn-A-Bike

Worcester

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MICHIGAN

Back Alley Bikes

Detroit

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Cycle Recycle

Benton Harbor

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Open Roads Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo

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MINNESOTA

Full Cycle Bike Shop

Minneapolis

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Trips for Kids City of Lakes

Minneapolis

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MISSISSIPPI

No current programs

MISSOURI

BikeWalkKC

Kansas City

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St. Louis B-Works

St. Louis

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MONTANA

Bozeman Bike Kitchen

Bozeman

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Free Cycles Youth Cycles

Missoula

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Trips for Kids Spirit of Life

Wolf Point

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NEBRASKA

Lincoln Bike Kitchen

Lincoln

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Omaha Bike Kitchen

Omaha

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NEVADA

Trips for Kids Southern Nevada

Henderson

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Kiwanis Bike Program

Reno

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Reno Bike Project

Reno

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NEW HAMPSHIRE

Queen City Bike Collective

Manchester

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NEW JERSEY

Second Life Bikes

Asbury Park

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NEW MEXICO

Trips for Kids Taos

Arroyo Seco

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Bike Works New Mexico

Silver City

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NEW YORK

Trips for Kids Chenango

Greene

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Recycle a Bicycle

New York City

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Photo credit: Trevor Raab

Trips for Kids Metro New York

New York City

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Utica Bike Rescue

Utica

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NORTH CAROLINA

Trips for Kids Charlotte

Charlotte

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The Pedal Factory

Salisbury

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NORTH DAKOTA

No current programs

OHIO

Ohio City Bicycle Co-op

Cleveland

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OKLAHOMA

Trips for Kids Wildwood

Norman

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OREGON

Trips for Kids Rogue Valley Bike Club

Grants Pass

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Community Cycling Center

Portland

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PENNSYLVANIA

Community Bike Works

Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton

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Trips for Kids Erie

Erie

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Trips for Kids Harrisburg

Harrisburg

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Neighborhood Bike Works

Philadelphia

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Recycle Bicycle

Harrisburg

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RHODE ISLAND

Recycle a Bike

Providence

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Trips for Kids Providence

Providence

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SOUTH CAROLINA

No current programs

SOUTH DAKOTA

Trips for Kids Hot Springs

Hill City

kyle@bgcblackhills.org

TENNESSEE

Trips for Kids Chattanooga

Chattanooga

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Revolutions Bicycle Co-op

Memphis

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TEXAS

Earn a Bike Co-op

San Antonio

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Yellow Bike Project

Austin

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UTAH

Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective

Salt Lake City

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VERMONT

Freeride Montpelier

Montpelier

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VIRGINIA

Phoenix Bikes

Arlington

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Rag & Bones Bicycle Cooperative

Richmond

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WASHINGTON

Wheelhouse Earn-a-Bike

Kennewick

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Bike Works

Seattle

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2nd Cycle

Tacoma

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WEST VIRGINIA

Positive Spin

Morgantown

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WISCONSIN

Trips for Kids Fox Valley

Appleton

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Milwaukee Bicycle Collective

Milwaukee

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Wheels for Winners

Madison

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WYOMING

No current programs

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