Bike Tech at Inderkum High School
In this class, students experience a comprehensive bicycle education that covers the wide range of opportunities available within the bike industry. The semester-long course teaches the mechanical fundamentals of bicycle assembly and repair, and fosters safe cycling habits, environmental awareness, and healthy living. The curriculum includes in-class demonstrations, hands-on mechanical practice, bicycle riding, guest speakers, and field trips to introduce students to bike culture and career options. Bicycles can be a vehicle for exploration and change, and this class will help students connect to a world of possibilities and employment pathways.
Jibe is pleased to introduce our new Bike Tech teacher Elle Steele. Elle says she’s always loved bikes but didn’t grow up in a bike-friendly city, so she didn’t get into riding until her college days. Since then, biking has become a way of life. She even rode 600 miles with her son once when he was just 10 months old. Today they live car-free and get around mainly by bicycle.
Elle has been teaching bicycle education since 2013 and even helped create Trips for Kids Sacramento, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing bicycling excursions to underserved students. She says active transportation is often easier than people think. “With a little bit of encouragement and planning, biking can take the stress out of getting around.”
Elle likes to think she doesn’t fit anyone’s preconceived notion of what a bike mechanic ought to look like. “I’m proud of the work I do as a mechanic,” says Elle. “I like to show people there isn’t anything mysterious about fixing and riding bikes. Anyone can do it with a supportive community and instruction.”