Earn A Bike

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Written by Peter Garver
Tuesday, 22 April 2008 13:49



OCBC's earn-a-bike program is an in-depth course of bike repair and riding. By completing this program, students earn a refurbished basic mountain bike, with a new helmet and lock. With 15 hours of training in bike maintenance and safe cycling, this program is the most efficient way we can help young riders use bikes safely and effectively.  Participants earn their bike by doing bike-repair tasks, and by learning and practicing safe-cycling Traffic Skills.


Schools or other groups interested in presenting/hosting an Earn A Bike program at their own location should look at our On-Site Earn A Bike page.



To sign up for our Earn A Bike program, please take the following steps:

  1. Attend a Volunteer orientation, held on the first and third Wednesdays of every month from 7 - 9pm.
  2. Register for a shop class series on our sign-up page here.
  3. Send an email to info@OhioCityCycles.org to set up an appointment to get fitted for a bike. Include the following information in the email: If a scholarship is needed, if you/the participant is less than 18 years old, why you/the participant will be earning a bike.

-- OR --  Enroll in a summer Earn A Bike Camp through one of the community groups that we partner with. Please email for more information.


Program requirements and details for youth and adult Earn A Bike programs respectively listed below.

Youth Requirements for Earn A Bike program at OCBC:

  • Be able to ride without training wheels (see How to Ride a Bike if needed)
  • Fill out and return a signed Release Form, designating adults who may come to class with the student (if other than a legal parent/guardian). The Release Form is a PDF file -- if needed, you can download the reader here.
  • Attend our Volunteer orientation with a parent/legal guardian or parent-designated adult
  • Volunteer four hours with a parent or parent-designated adult (if under 16 years old)
  • Take Intro to Traffic Skills class
  • Not wear sandals, baggy pants, or hairstyles that make a helmet fit poorly
  • Follow our three rules: respect, resourcefulness, and reciprocity
  • Adults working with Earn A Bike students will also earn volunteering credits they may use in the same ways as any Volunteer, or may apply them towards an upgraded bike for their child (but the child must still meet the other Earn A Bike requirements).


Adult Earn A Bike program details- there are two ways to earn a bike. Our preferred method is Option 1 below.

Option 1: Purchase an as-is, not-yet-refurbished bike (with cash or volunteer credits) and tune it up by taking our shop class.

  • We prefer that you tune your own bike through the shop class because you will learn important maintenance tips and basic bike concepts that you can use to keep your bike running longer and working well.
  • Register for a shop class series on our sign-up page here.
  • Send an email to info@OhioCityCycles.org to set up an appointment to get fitted for a bike. Include the following information in the email: If a scholarship is needed, if you/the participant is less than 18 years old, why you/the participant will be earning a bike.

Option 2: Purchase a refurbished bike with volunteer credits

  • Attend a Volunteer orientation, held on the first and third Wednesdays of every month from 7 - 9pm.
  • Volunteer until you have enough credits ($5 earned per hour) to purchase a refurbished bike. Up to 150 credits can be spent on the cost of a bike.


Last Updated ( Friday, 23 September 2016 09:22 )