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Cycling

Getting onto a bike is an incredible way to get around, improve health and help the environment. At RideWise we’ve got loads of support to help you on your way.

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Learn to Cycle

No matter what your age or ability, our fully trained instructors offer cycle support that will help you feel safe and confident on your bike.

 

 We offer both free and private paid-for lessons depending on your location or preference.

 

You can borrow bikes and helmets for any of the lessons – just let us know in advance along with your height.

 

 

*FREE SATURDAY MORNING GROUP LESSONS

*for Nottingham City residents only - you can check if you are Nottingham City resident here

Beginners – 9 am (Family/Children)

These one-hour sessions are aimed at people with little or no cycling ability, taking you from learning to glide and balance with your bike, to being able to weave through cones and cycle one-handed. 

These family beginners’ sessions can be attended by parents & carers and their children (aged 4+).

Adult beginners – 10.15 am

 These one-hour sessions are aimed at those aged 18+ learning to cycle or getting back into cycling and wanting some practice and guidance. 

Basic on-road cycling skills – 11.30 am

These one-hour sessions are aimed at people who are already comfortable riding a bike but would like some help cycling on the road.

They are a great opportunity to learn some new tips about road positioning and manoeuvring through junctions.

They’re suitable for people who have completed our beginner’s sessions or confident cyclists ages 8+ (children must be accompanied by an adult).

 

PRIVATE LESSONS

 

We offer paid-for lessons for those not eligible for the funded lessons, or who would prefer private guidance.

These one-hour sessions can be one to one or for a group of up to five people.

Our instructor will assess your current cycling level, find out what your needs are and help you to gain the confidence you need to achieve your goals.

 

We offer these lessons at any of our cycle centres based in Sneinton, Lenton and Bulwell or at a convenient location within the Nottingham area @ £27.50 per hour.

 

Our instructors can travel further afield to deliver lessons; however, we would need to charge for travel costs in addition to the £27.50 per hour. We will confirm costs before you agree to go ahead with a booking.

Cycle Maintenance Training

Want to learn how to fix a puncture, adjust your gears or stop your brakes from squeaking? We offer frequent online and face to face cycle maintenance sessions, which include

fixing a puncture & servicing your bike as well as roadside repairs. 

For more information, and to find out about our face to face or group bike maintenance workshops, please email customerservices@ridewise.org.uk or ring the office on 0115 955 2288.

Bike Library

The RideWise Bike Library offers Nottingham City residents the opportunity to borrow a bike free of charge for four weeks!  We've got kids bikes, adult bikes, adapted and electric bikes....all sorts of different sizes! 

You can borrow bikes for the whole family to enjoy!


Check here to see if you are a Nottingham City resident and eligible for a free loan bike.

We'll deliver and pick up the bikes from your home address, so you just need to be home to receive them and sign the relevant paperwork - then you're good to go! 

When booking, please remember to provide your height, whether you want a male/female/unisex bike, and your full postal address (including postcode).  

Failure to provide this information will lead to your booking being declined.

We'll let you know when we'll be delivering your bikes - it will usually be on a Sunday
At the end of your four-week loan, we'll come and collect the bikes, to get them ready for someone else to enjoy!

 


 

The Bike Library operates through donations and grants. If you'd like to support us with the Bike Library you can text BIKES to 70085 to donate £5 or click here

Bikeability in Schools

We work with lots of Nottingham primary schools to deliver Bikeability. Bikeability is based on the government's National Standard for cycling and instructor training. It prepares people to cycle everywhere cycling is permitted.

Bikeability is a progressive programme, in which trainees first master cycle handling skills in a traffic free environment to complete level 1. Then we help develop the skills and confidence to cycle on local roads and simple junctions for level 2. Level 3 includes tackling busier, multi-lane roads and complex junctions.

Bikeability is designed to give young people the skills and confidence to ride, especially on roads. Cycling is a life skill and learning to ride a bike is something we believe should be open to everyone. ​Our National Standards Cycling Instructors deliver Bikeability in schools, providing bikes and helmets if required, and are always there to make sure that children are learning in a fun, friendly and safe group environment. 

If you would like to know a little more about this service or book in for a school near you, please get in touch!

'How To' Videos

Bike Fitting

Adjusting Your Helmet

How to put your chain back on

RideWise Cycling Awareness Course