Basic Cycling Techniques
ALL RIDING CLASSES (EXCEPT FOR LEARN TO RIDE AND LEARN TO RIDER FURTHER) ARE ON HOLD FOR 2021. WE PLAN TO OFFER THESE CLASSES AGAIN Starting April 2022.
With our current capacity we are prioritizing youth programming and very new riders. We appreciate your understanding! Here are some other great bike riding resources in the area.
- Marley Blonsky- local bike adventurer who hosts in-person and virtual classes about city riding and biking, especially for bigger bodied folks
- Brian Watson- local LCI instructor who teaches one-on-one or group riding classes for all ability levels
- LCI Instructors- the League of American Bicyclists certifies bike instructors all around the country- find an instructor or advocacy organization in your area!
- Cycling Savvy- an online urban riding skills program by the American Bicycling Education Association. We cannot recommend this course highly enough!
Expand your bike handling skills with others who are at your skill level. Basic Cycling Techniques is for electric or traditional bike riders who know how to ride but who would like to become more comfortable and confident. Do you want to become a pro at taking your hands of the handlebars to signal, or to stop quickly and safely in an emergency, or to shift your gears efficiently? The class allows you to practice bike-handling techniques and culminates in a ride in the park to solidify what we’ve learned by riding on low-traffic streets nearby.
Learn how to:
- Check your bike for safety before each trip
- Properly fit a helmet
- Check your bike fit
- Start riding efficiently
- Stop elegantly
- Ride in a straight line
- Turn gracefully
- Identify traffic and hazards
- Signal your intentions to other road users
- Shift gears
- Ride safely in a small group
- Apply basic principles of traffic safety
Pre-requisites: Sign up for Basic Cycling Techniques if you can:
- Student is able to ride in a straight line for at least 100 yards
- Student is able to turn the bike to the left and to the right with control
- Student is able to stop using both brakes while maintaining control of the bike
- Student is able to make simple gear changes and knows which hand controls front and rear shifting
If you have difficulty with any of these skills, please consider joining us for our Learn to Ride lessons.
Small class sizes and low instructor to student ratio allow the content to be tailored to your level.
This class is for adults. Students under 18 may be able to register for the class, but must have a parent or guardian attending the same class as a registered participant. Please contact us to discuss before registering your child.
Class Size: min 5, max 8
Price: Premium Member $70, Non-Member $75
Duration: 5 hours
Pre-requisites: The ability to ride a bike. This course is designed for those who already know how to ride a bike but need additional practice. See our Learn to Ride listing if you have never ridden a bike before.
How to Prepare: Bring a traditional or electric bike in good working order and a CPSC approved helmet. Bring snacks, water and lunch and be sure to wear weather-appropriate clothing.
Location: Cascade Bicycle Club, 7787 62nd Ave. NE Seattle, WA 98115. We are located right off of the Burke Gilman Trail at Magnuson Park.
Bike Parking: Bike racks available outside the building as well as limited indoor space.