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TODAY   |  July 16, 2013

Bike store teaches neighborhood kids valuable lessons

After the attacks of Sept. 11, Kerri Martin decided to change her life, leaving the corporate world to open a bike shop. Now, through her store Second Life Bikes, she’s giving neighborhood kids the opportunity to learn the value of hard work by helping them to fix and earn their own bikes.

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>>> we are back now with the first installment of a series we're calling hope to it with a story about one of al's passions, biking.

>> that's right. we found this story of second life bikes in family circle magazine and spent a day with founder carrie martin to see how it all works.

>> with the twist of a wrench and the push of a pump, a kid earns a bicycle. here at second life bikes in new jersey it's another day of helping a kid earn her own wheels.

>> i am looking at them to see what's wrong with them.

>> all thanks to carrie martin that started this community bike shop in 2009 .

>> it's a used earn a bike program and community bike shop . so it means you can come to the shop and they can work hours to earn a bike for themselves. so they can work two hours a day and after 15 hours of work , they get a bike.

>> after 9/11 she realized she wanted to make a change from her corporate job in new york city and decided to pursue a passion bikes.

>> i was on my bike on 9/11 when the plane went overhead and a lot of people had a looking at their lives. that's happened to me.

>> she finally opened second life bikes on main street .

>> a lot of times people come in here to buy and bike and they're going from their day job to their night job and their bike is their lifeline.

>> with two full time employees and a group of dedicated volunteers, carrie welcomes in local kids to learn how to fix bikes that have been donated.

>> you can't be afraid to get your hands dirty. that's the only thing i can say.

>> she was excited to earn her first bike.

>> it was actually pretty cool. most people, your mom and dad buys your bikes but now it's like i got my own bike by myself. so now my mom and dad can't say that i can't ride my bike because i earned it.

>> 16-year-old noah was looking for a new activity a year ago.

>> a lot of people were around doing stuff that i wasn't completely into so i just started coming here and working on bikes and getting into it.

>> and now competes in cycling races with a local club.

>> when i started volunteering here i actually earned my own 10 speed .

>> 14-year-old allison spends her summers in this neighborhood.

>> it's easy to make friends here because if you have