Freewheeling - Free cycling skills tuition

If you don’t cycle and want to learn the right skills, are returning to cycling or want to enhance your riding then this FREE training could be just up your street. Just choose a course or level that suits you and your current skill level and we'll do the rest! You don't have to start at level 1, just go with what feels comfortable. We offer:

  • A choice of courses for absolute beginners through to experienced riders
  • Free bikes and helmets during the training
  • Up to 3 free sessions per person
  • A friendly informal approach
  • Male and female coaches


What course is best for you

Beginner
You consider yourself to be a complete beginner who cannot currently ride a bike
Learn to Ride (L2R)We run sessions for those who are yet unable to ride a bike. You may be among the many that never learnt as a child or you may have recently uncovered a new desire to learn. Our sessions are run by experienced instructors who will guide you step by step, from getting on and off your bike to making the bike go where you want, while continuously working on your balance.
Novice 
You have recently learnt how to ride a bike or are returning to cycling after a long break
Level 1A Level 1 course is for those who can ride a bike but are not very confident about their cycling abilities. A Level 1 course is delivered in a safe traffic free environment. Pick up the skills and knowledge you need to go down to the local park, or to take a trip out into the countryside with your friends and family. You may also one day wish to cycle to work; we can help you work towards this too.
Improver
You want to ride on back streets and B roads
Level 2Whether you've been cycling for a while or returning to cycling, today’s roads may seem daunting. Level 2 will help you boost your confidence, skills and cycling techniques for today’s traffic. This training is delivered on quiet roads with some traffic, where you will have the opportunity to practise the theory of on road cycling.
Advanced Rider
You want to ride on busy A roads and commute during rush hour
Level 3Level 3 is delivered on a 1-1 basis. Our instructor can come to you and ride your route with you, where they can show you how to tackle busy roads and junctions with ease and confidence. You may have been cycling and using the roads for years but there is always something new to learn to hone your skills.


"Learning to ride a bike at 62 and not made to feel stupid. Great."


"As someone who is just returning to cycling I feel a great deal safer and more confident on the roads as a result."


"Very empowering and very enjoyable."

"After over 30 years riding I thought I knew how to ride. How wrong I was. Thanks for making my riding much safer."

Price

FREE to eligible participants, click on the Freewheeling links above for eligibility criteria.

Courses are £50 per person for others.

Training is delivered by fully accredited instructors. Courses are available during the daytime, evenings and weekends.


The three levels of National Standard Cycle Training

Cycle training Level 1 for Novices

  • Getting on and off
  • Starting off and stopping
  • Staying upright without wobbling
  • Pedalling
  • Steering and maintaining forward progress
  • Cycling one handed/signalling
  • Looking behind
  • Use of gears

Cycle training Level 2 for Improvers

  • Theory of on road cycling
  • Getting on and off the bicycle and starting off
  • Stopping
  • Use of gears
  • Cycling one handed/signalling
  • Looking behind
  • Turning right, left and overtaking parked vehicles on a variety of quiet roads
  • Using cycling facilities

Cycle training Level 3 for Advanced Riders

  • On road theory as level 2 with additional theory as required to support the more advanced road work being undertaken
  • The cycle as a vehicle
  • Positioning and observation
  • Level 1 & 2 skills
  • Busier roads
  • Complex turns, roads and junctions
  • Roundabouts
  • Signal controlled junctions
  • Filtering
  • Using cycling facilities
  • Different types of cycle and their purpose
  • Keeping a bicycle roadworthy
  • Clothing for cycling
  • Relevant accessories