Earn-a-Bike (EaB) is the WRENCH's flagship program and one that we love to offer. Over a series of two hour workshops, participants rebuild a bike to take home from the ground up. In Earn a Bike Plus, the course ends with a cycling workshop emphasizing both skills and safety. We take our freshly built bikes out for a couple of rides along safe routes in the neighbourhood to celebrate!
We ask partners to provide at least one chaperone to support students’ learning.
Earn a Bike typically takes place at WRENCH headquarters, 1057 Logan. It is possible for Earn a Bike to be offered off site if you have access to a fully stocked bike shop or equivalent.
Participants: 6 – 8 participants per group, ages 9 and up. Groups work best when participants are of similar age.
Earn a Bike can be offered in two formats:
Traditional Earn a Bike
16 hours (usually over 8 weeks)
$4000 value (If you can contribute towards costs, it helps us share the program with more schools).
Students meet the following hands on learning objectives while rebuilding a bike they will take home at the end of the program:
-Familiarization with how to use the WRENCH shop and shop tools safely.
-Familiarization with bike parts and systems and basic tune up skills: Tubes and Tires, Front Hubs, Rear Hubs, Bottom Brackets, Gears, Brakes.
-Knowledge on helmet safety, bike handling, and traffic safety.
A bike, bike lock, bike safety lights and a helmet.
*If there is time*, students go on a community ride to celebrate their new bikes and fresh skill sets.
Earn a Bike Plus!
20 hours (usually over 10 weeks)
$5000 value (If you can contribute towards costs, it helps us share the program with more schools).
Earn a Bike Plus includes all aspects of Traditional Earn a Bike, with guaranteed time for two group rides at the end of the program.
Inquire within! Email education lead Greg Allan [email protected] for more info.
photo credit: The Winnipeg Foundation