The guidelines are simple: work hard, serve your community, earn a bike. Whether at Phoenix Bikes’ community bike shop in South Arlington, or 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 build other leadership and job-readiness skills. On weekly group rides throughout metro DC, they use their well-earned bicycles for transportation, fitness, and fun. The junior cycling team gives young people an 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.