learn to ride
Cycling is such a fun, healthy and downright useful skill - why wouldn't you want to learn to do it? It keeps you fit, yet is also many times more efficient than going on foot. It can take a lot less time to learn than you might expect, and once you can ride a bike, they say you never forget...
We suggest starting with a one hour session, which is often sufficient to get you pedalling . It's great if you can bring your own bike, but we can help you find one to learn on if necessary. A properly fitting cycle helmet is compulsory, and cycling gloves are recommended to protect the hands. You will need to to complete the appropriate consent form.
Many children are taught to ride a bike by mum or dad. But it's not unusual for parents to find that a bit of professional help is just what's needed to finally get rid of stabilisers.
We teach children to learn to ride 1:1 with an instructor. Typically, the training takes place in a school playground where the child is safe from other riders, pedestrians, dogs, muddy ditches etc.!
We sometimes make use of balance/scoot bikes (pictured) to help learners get the hang of balancing first. We certainly require any stabilisers to be removed before the session so that the rider can learn how to balance and pedal at the same time.
We are also happy to give informal, independent advice on issues such as adjusting or buying a bike, or continuing to support your child's cycling.
You're never too old to ride a bike! And it's a wonderful, low-impact way to exercise as you get older.
But we do appreciate that some people might feel self-conscious or nervous about learning as an adult. Your training will be 1:1 with an instructor, and we will endeavour to arrange a relatively private space - certainly somewhere quiet and away from traffic. We sometimes make use of adult sized balance bikes.
We are also happy to give informal, independent advice on issues such as adjusting your bike or buying a new one.
disabilities & additional needs
Cycling is a wonderfully inclusive and accessible activity, with some remarkable technology available which means that almost anybody can potentially ride a bike. If you or your child have a disability or additional needs, please get in touch and we can discuss how we might be able to tailor our training appropriately.
Once you've got the hang of pedalling, it's all about practice, so you'll probably want to get out on your bike with family and friends. Here in Wadebridge, the Camel Trail is the perfect place to gain confidence on two wheels and discover the joy of cycling!
Also, our local cycling club, Wadebridge Coasters CC runs regular Family Events. These are great fun outings for all ages and are an excellent opportunity for informal training and encouragement. Children are often inspired to move on to the next stage as they observe their peers and those slightly older. Coasters Youth provides coaching and racing for those interested in exploring the competitive sides of cycling.
Terms and conditions
- Turning up / bringing your child along to your session is taken as an expression of verbal consent for cycle training.
- You are of course very welcome to withdraw consent and stop the session at any point (although we will need to charge you for the whole time you booked).
- The instructor has the right to withhold training at any point if they deem the behaviour or competence level of the trainee to be unsuitable.
- We will help you to check and adjust equipment (bike, helmet etc.) but it is your ultimate responsibility to ensure it is safe and fit for purpose.
- Cycle Training Cornwall is not liable for any injury, loss or damage to person’s property during, before or after the training.
- All sessions will have been risk assessed and are insured under CTC's policy.