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Earn A Bike

Earn A Bike is a great way to learn mechanical skills while working on a bike that students will be able to ride at the end of the course. Over the course of the class students will learn: the basics of bike maintenance, how to fix a flat, recabling and adjusting brakes and gears. All of our Earn-A-Bike programs are FREE

Participants who attend at least all but one session earn:

  • a fully functional bicycle
  • a helmet, lock, and lights
  • training on maintaining, fixing, and riding your bicycle

You can email for info about upcoming classes.


Teen/Youth Earn-A-Bike

Teens will be partnered with a younger student they will mentor and work with throughout the course - this model is intended to encourage teamwork and to solidify concepts through teaching others. For the first 6-weeks of the course teens and youths will work together to fix a bike for the youths, while in the final two weeks of the course, teens will take the mechanics knowledge they learned and work independently to fix up a bike to keep.

Particularly motivated students who complete the course may be eligible to transition into our apprenticeship program.

Classes will be held Fridays 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM at the Jackson Mann Community Center (500 Cambridge St, Allston).

Teen (ages 14+) session: April 27-June-15
Youth (ages 10-13) session: April 27-June 1


Click here to applyDeadline: April 20


Women’s Earn-A-Bike Program

CommonWheels is hosting our second season of Earn-A-Bike program, in collaboration with Charlesview, Inc. This program is specifically designed for women in the Allston-Brighton area. These program is designed to give women who lack financial access to a bicycle an opportunity to learn bike mechanics and maintenance while fixing up a bicycle that they will keep at the end of the program. In addition to regular mechanics skills, the course also includes a discourse on women in the cycling community.

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