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Earn-A-Bike - Boulder, Colorado


Earn-A-Bike (EAB) gives old bikes new life by using them as teaching tools to empower participants with the basic maintenance and commuting skills and the resources to build themselves a dependable bike to use as safe, practical transportation to get to and from work, errands and recreation.

Who is eligible?

Anyone 16 or older is welcome to Earn-A-Bike at Community Cycles. You may only earn one bike.

How does it work?

Earn a bike (EAB) is a new way to get a bicycle. You learn bike mechanics by building up your own bicycle with instruction from our staff of experienced instructors and volunteers. The cost is nominal, based on a sliding scale from free for qualified low income people, up to $250. You'll finish the program with a dependable bike and the knowledge, skills, and resources to maintain it.

How long does it take?

It takes most participants 6-7 sessions to build up their bike.  In order to complete the program in a timely manner, you must be prepared to do at least one shift per week. If your schedule will not allow you to work that often on your bicycle, it may be better to simply purchase a bike, along with the membership to Community Cycles. We have limited resources for storage of bikes. If your bike is not ride ready after 7 sessions or your schedule does not accommodate the timely completion of your bike, our instructors can oversee its completion and our staff mechanics will make the necessary final adjustments for you. We will help you, but we cannot guarantee your bike to be ready by a specific date, so make sure you allow enough time if you want your bike ready for a specific date or event.

The EAB handbook is online here.In it you will find an outline of the process of restoring the bicycle you have picked. You must read through each session's plan before coming to class, so that you'll know what yours expected to be doing, and will have some idea of what's going on. Don't worry, no one expects you to be an expert at bike maintenance simply by reading some webpages. Our instructors will be there to show you each process in detail.



The Earn-A-Bike program is temporarily full.  We apologize for the inconvenience.


To be notified when registration re-opens, send an email to: earn-a-bike-waitlist@communitycycles.org


-EAB Staff