Things you’ll need


The most important thing for a road riding lesson is a road-worth bike. For beginner lessons it can be any bike at all on road, and any bike sturdy enough to ride trails off-road; as long as it is in good working order and you can ride it 10 miles. For other lessons you’ll be able to achieve more if you ride a bike dedicated to the activity. If you’re unsure about your bike, just ask us.

You should also be wearing appropriate clothing. For beginners lessons this needs to be suitable for the weather, loose fitting but not baggy and free from getting caught in your chain. We recommend wearing lycra cycling shorts with a specific cycling pad. If you do wear normal activity clothing please don’t wear any underwear that is lacy or a thong, or you may be wincing a bit by the end of the ride.

Essentials

As well as your bike you must bring:

  • At least 500ml of water for 2 hours and 1 litre for longer lessons
  • A waterproof jacket if it might rain
  • Something warm if there is a chance the temperature will drop
  • Any medication you may need whilst riding
  • A dedicated, CE marked cycling helmet no older than 5 years

You should also consider bringing:

  • Snacks that can fit in your pocket
  • A spare inner tube suitable for your bike
  • A pump, patches, tyre levers and a multi-tool

Your bike

Road lessons

For beginner road lessons, any bike will be fine. The rides are gentle and not fast. It just needs to be road-worthy.

For intermediate and advanced lessons you’ll need a dedicated road bike. Preferably this should have racer style drop handlebars and at least 16 gears (2 x 8). We also recommend clipless pedal such as Look Keo, Shiman SPD-R or Speedplay in order to take part in some aspects of lessons.

Mountain bike lessons

For beginner off-road lessons, you need a sturdy bike. It should have wide, treaded tyres and be robust enough to ride along tracks and lanes.

For intermediate and advanced lessons you’ll need a dedicated mountain bike. Preferably it should have wide knobbly tyres, a front suspension fork and at least 24 gears (3 x 8, although 2×10 is fine too!). We also recommend clipless pedal such as Shimano SPD or Crank Brothers in order to take part in some aspects of lessons.

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