Wrench and Ride! Teen Bicycle Mechanics Camp

We’re excited to offer students ages 14 to 18 the same great opportunities to “tune-up” their bikes as our adult classes–no previous experience required!

In a structured, fun and supportive environment this week-long learning experience helps campers gain confidence and be empowered both on and off the road.

Working on their own bikes in the mornings, participants will go through each step of a tune-up including:

  • flat repair
  • basic maintenance
  • brake cable adjustment
  • shifter cable adjustment
  • bearing adjustments
  • wheel truing

Students will leave with a few new tools of their own to keep wrenching after camp is over.

Afternoons will find campers exploring with field trips by bike to get behind the scenes with local bike shops and manufacturing businesses and give riders a chance to practice riding skills-like proper shifting and rules of the road. (5- 10miles max).

On the last Friday of each session, campers will volunteer on a project to give back to the Bike Farm, the non-profit bike-repair space where the camps are located.

Small camp sizes (limited to 10 students) with two professional instructors (including Tori Bortman, Owner and Head teacher at Gracie’s Wrench) make sure each participant gets plenty of personal attention.

Ages: 9th- 12th grades

When: Monday- Friday from 8:30am- 2:30pm

Where: The Bike Farm, 1810 NE 1st Ave, Portland, OR 97212

Requirements: Helmet, safely functioning two-wheeled bike, hand brakes. If you’re not sure of the condition of the bike before camp, we’re happy to meet with you to look it over before the start of camp. Campers who arrive with unsafe bikes will be sent home early and not be able to participate in the afternoon field trips.

Cost: $325 per student. (Limited Scholarships Available please contact us for more information.) Cost includes: T-shirt, Allen wrench, field trips, hand outs and bicycle repair manual. Parts not included but students get 15% off all purchases from Gracie’s Wrench. Cost does not include lunch.

CAMPS ARE SUBJECT TO A 6 STUDENT MINIMUM. FULL REFUND PROVIDED IF CLASS DOES NOT MEET MINIMUMS.

All current camps are listed below. Please contact us to be put on a waiting list if the camp you want is full. Depending on demand, we may offer camps in August as well.

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