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Kids learn basic bike maintenance during LEAP program

Aug. 27 WheelLab session teaches repair and safety


September 1, 2021

Sarah Brown

Xavier Pennington, of Sweet Home, kneels while working on a bicycle with Shawn Fields, of Lebanon, on Friday, Aug. 27, inside the mobile WheelLab trailer at the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam in Lebanon.

Twins Kaydin and Xavier Pennington, 13, rolled away from the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam on their new bikes on Friday, Aug. 27.

They had just spent the week learning how to fix a flat, adjust brakes and perform basic maintenance on bikes they'd chosen for themselves from a selection of donated used velocipedes.

It was the culmination of the club's nine-week summer program, which included enrichment activities such as kayaking, lacrosse, Frisbee golf, orienteering and a pinewood derby.

"We tried to make a list of things that either there was limited access to in our area, or...

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