Let us help you improve your cycling skills – for free

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We provide free sessions for adults wanting to gain confidence riding a bike – either for commuting, exercise or just for fun. 

If you’ve never ridden a bike before we will get you riding in no time at all. 

If you can ride but want a bit of guidance, we can help you too. 

If you would like some leisurely rides in a group to get some practice, you can join one of our regular group rides. 

We can even lend you a bike for a session if you don’t have one.

And if you would like to know how to fix your bike, we’ve got you covered.

All of this is being sponsored by Reading Borough Council and the charity Cycling UK.

There is no charge for your training – all we ask is that you complete a short questionnaire beforehand and give us feedback at the end of your session.

Learn to ride 

Riding a bike is a skill you’ll keep forever, so why not get started now? Our instructors – who also had to start learning from scratch – will get you rolling within a short space of time. 

There is no age restriction. We’ve taught 4-year-olds and adults way past retirement.

Back-on-bike, basic, rusty rider, confidence sessions 

You may be thinking of getting back on your bike after many years or are a novice rider who wants to go further afield. 

We have sessions which will build your skills and confidence – progressing from a training area such as a park to quiet neighbourhood roads before riding on routes with more traffic. 

You might like to go out riding with a friendly group and enjoy a bit of company doing a fun activity. Our group rides are designed to get you moving in a relaxed and safe way through different situations so that you can gain enough experience to go riding on your own. 

You’ll learn how to see and be seen on the road, where to position yourself in the road and understand who has priority, especially at junctions.

Commuter and explorer sessions

If you would like to start travelling to work by bike, you would benefit from our sessions. 

We will tailor your session to your abilities and needs and cover the things you need to think about relevant to your situation. 

Topics we cover in our commuter sessions include: 

  • Bike – is it suited for where you want to ride? Can you do basic maintenance?
  • Equipment and accessories – things which might make your ride easier
  • Clothing – how to make your ride comfortable in all seasons
  • Lighting – making sure you’re visible in the dark
  • Route planning – how to make choices which suit you
  • Sharing the road – how to ride in traffic
  • Road positioning – when should you ride in the middle of your lane?

Exploring by bike can open up a whole new world. 

It’s something you can do on your own, with your family or in a group. 

All you need is your bike and the wish to see what’s on the other side of the hill, or around the corner. 

We’ll help you on your journey of discovery by about what you can do with your bike, how to plan where to go and how to figure out how to get the most enjoyment out of your trip.

Family group riding

Family group on a cycle ride

Riding as a family with small children is a great way of enjoying quality time together. There are some useful skills we can show you, such as shepherding smaller riders.

Bike fix sessions

Instructor explaining a point in a bike maintenance session

We are working with the Reading Bicycle Kitchen to provide you with hands-on training in how to check your bike and carry out minor repairs to keep you rolling.  

The sessions last around two hours and cover brakes, tyres, gears and punctures as well as basic maintenance tasks.

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