Bike Program

The Crucible’s Bike Program is a free year-round community outreach program that addresses personal transportation needs. The Bike Program promotes an alternative, sustainable mode of transportation, while providing essential bike repair services to our community, diverting useable/salvageable waste from landfills, and reinforcing reuse of materials. Since 2005, over 7,000 youth have participated in The Crucible’s Bike Program, and thousands of bicycles have been repaired to nearly-new status.

We know what a safe bike can do for our neighbors, and studies show that extends beyond individual impact. Communities that bike are safer, healthier, and happier. We are dedicated to getting Oakland back on bikes.

Bike Fix-A-Thons

Regularly throughout the year at our Bike Fix-A-Thons, bicycles are repaired for free by a fleet of dedicated volunteers and Crucible staff members. During these five hour events, our volunteers and staff work to fix as many bikes as possible, getting Oakland residents back on the road with safe, functioning bikes.

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Earn-A-Bike

The Earn-A-Bike Program provides West Oakland youth with hands-on experience in welding and bike mechanics. In this drop-in program, youth work with volunteer bike mechanics to fix donated bikes, repairing two bikes and keeping one. The other bike is sold to raise money to support our Bike Program.
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In 2018, We Put The Pedal To The Metal

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20 youth participated in Earn-A-Bike programing

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Bike programming was powered by 200 hours of staff and volunteer support
$5,000
15 bicycles worth over $5,000 were gifted to youth in our immediate community
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Over 300 bikes were repaired and put back on the road

Building and Maintaining Bikes

Class offerings for youth and adults

The Crucible offers a wide variety of adult classes teaching bike mechanics and bike building. Whether you want to learn the basics of a tune-up or tig weld your own bike from the ground up, The Crucible has you covered. See the complete list of bike mechanic and bike building classes in our Bike Shop Department.

Bike Shop

Your Guide to The Bike Shop

Online resources for bike maintenance and repair

In The Crucible’s online guides, we collect the expertise of our 150+ faculty and master craftspeople to share with anyone interested in learning how to make their own objects by hand. We break down our studio areas and focus on sharing the knowledge of our instructors with you.

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Have A Bike You Aren’t Using?

Donate it and support our Bike program

Have a good condition bike you’re looking to get rid of? Drop a line to inkind@thecrucible.org (with photos please!) and our Bike Shop Staff will be in contact. Your donation helps us get more bikes back on the road!

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Questions? Contact Us

youth@thecrucible.org
(510) 444-0919 x115