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February 25, 2014 at 7:45 PM

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Getting a fix on how to fix bikes


MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Elle Kaszniak, instructor, left, helps Amelia McCahill, 13, right, problem-solve a handlebar problem recently in a bicycle-repair class called "Earn-A-Bike Program Advanced Class" at Bike Works in Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood. The advanced class is a one-day-a-week, eight-week program for ages 13 to 18. Other experience levels and age groups are available. The workshop teaches students to completely overhaul a bicycle and trains them to be entry-level, shop-ready mechanics. The hours put into the class are considered community-service hours. For more information, see: www.bikeworks.org

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Justyn Shelby, almost finished repairing his bike, cleans used handlebar grips to mount on the handlebars.

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Justyn Shelby, right, works on cleaning the inner rim of the tires to try to solve his squealing-brakes problem.

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

McKenzie Peterson, 13, left, works on centering bicycle brakes.

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Elle Kaszniak, instructor, right, explains how to fix squealing brakes to Justyn Shelby, second from left, and David Gonzalez, 14.

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Elle Kaszniak, instructor, middle, lowers a bicycle being repaired by Justyn Shelby, right, for closer inspection, as Surafel Abeel, 18, left, inspects the gears on his bike.

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

McKenzie Peterson, 13, pushes her almost-repaired bicycle back into storage after finishing the bicycle repair class called "Earn-A-Bike Program Advanced Class" at Bike Works.

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