Recycling Bicycles

A student smiles at the camera, seated at a table on which stands a bicycle being repaired.

Nome Anvil City Science Academy students recently learned to repair something many Alaska teens greatly prize: their own bicycles.

During a two-week course, they worked alongside instructors on 14 broken bikes. Six were restored to working order, and the rest became practice material for teaching.

The workshop emphasized basic tasks like fixing old or rusty bike chains, patching and pumping flat tires, and proper tool use. The students also learned the value of regular bike maintenance, mechanical skills, and a life lesson: before you trash it, try fixing it. Being able to make do with existing resources is practical and sometimes the only option in Western Alaska.

Images at top and below: scenes from Anvil City Science Academy’s student workshop on bicycle repair.

High school students stand around a bicycle during a repair session in a classroom.