Many community bicycle collective do some kind of teaching, so if your organization is thinking of starting up a youth program, an "Earn-a-Bike" program, training new volunteers, or some other instructional program, you don't need to re-invent the wheel. As you read through the material, you will see broad training philosophies:
- Crawl | Walk | Run - Good for building a foundation of basic skills used to train mechanics in many fields. Advanced skills are often developed through hands on application with mentorship from experienced mechanics.
- Learn how to remove wheels from an actual bicycle, not overhaul a hub on a wheel already off a bike.
- Learn how to properly clock a tire, remove the tire, inspect the tire, repair the tube, and reassemble. Not immersion test removed tubes.
- Component Specific in random order - Good for assembly line recycling programs .
- Rapidly develops a specific skill
Teacher Training Manuals
Browse through these various manuals to see which curriculum works best for you:
- Wiki version of Youth Earn-A-Bike Curriculum (Wiki) by Community Cycles
- Earn-a-Bike Curriculum (Wiki) by SLCBC
- Instructor's Manual for the Earn-A-Bike Program (PDF) by Bikes Not Bombs
- Earn-A-Bike Instructor Training Manual (Wiki - incomplete) by Bikes Not Bombs
- Earn-a-bike Activity Book (PDF) by Neighborhood Bike Works
- Tools For Life: A Start-up Guide for Youth Recycling and Bicycling Programs (PDF) by George Roman Babiak, Karen Overton and Transportation Alternatives
- One Revolution at a Time: A Guide to Starting and Running Youth Bike Ride Clubs (PDF) by Karen Overton, Audrey Warren and Recycle-A-Bicycle
- English Language Immersion Program (Wiki - incomplete) by Ignacio Rivera de Rosales with BICAS
Specific topics for instructors
Reusable Repair Checklist File:Community-cycles-repair-checklist.pdf
Illustrations and Graphics are great visual aids for any class or program and can make simply hanging around a community shop a learning experience.