The guidelines are simple: work hard, serve your community, earn a bike. Whether at Phoenix Bikes’ community bike shop in South Arlington, or at area public schools and community centers, youth ages 12-17 learn the basics of bike repair, practice their skills refurbishing a bike for someone in need, and earn a bike for themselves. Next, teens can stay on to learn advanced mechanics and help their peers through the basics as well as take advantage of other leadership and job-placement opportunities. On weekly group rides throughout the DC Metro Area, they use their well-earned bicycles for transportation, fitness, and fun, and Phoenix Bikes’ junior cycling team gives young people the opportunity to experience endurance, discipline, and teamwork – valuable skills in cycling – and in life. Using tools to fix bikes? Excellent. Using bikes as tools to develop young leaders? Awesome.