Adult cycle lessons
Our qualified Instructors offer one-to-one cycle lessons to adults who live or work in Bristol, Greater Swindon, or Bath and North East Somerset. Each lesson is tailored to your level and moves at your own pace. Whether it’s help finding the safest route to work, tips for tackling that tricky junction, or general road skills support – we can help. To book, fill in our short online form and an instructor will be in touch within two working days to arrange a time and date for your lesson. For more information use the menu below to browse our page.
We regret that we cannot run adult cycle skills sessions during the lockdown period.
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About our lessons
“Polly was absolutely awesome! She listened to my anxieties and really empathised with me. She gave me amazing advice and taught me so much. I am now able to cycle with confidence” – Jenny
Who can take part?
Our lessons are for adults aged 18+ who live, work or study in the Bristol, Greater Swindon or BANES local authority areas. To take our lessons, you must be able to ride a bike continuously for several minutes without wobbling. During the COVID 19 outbreak, we cannot safely teach beginners because it is impossible to keep a proper social distance in beginners' sessions.
Where do the lessons take place?
You can choose from a variety of ‘meetup points’ across Bristol, Greater Swindon or BANES. Once you have met with your Instructor, you can discuss where to ride, based on your skill level or other goals (e.g. finding a good route from home to work).
How much does it cost in Bristol?
Anyone who lives, works or studies in Bristol can take up to three one-hour lessons FREE of charge. You must pay a £5 refundable deposit when you book. After your first session, your instructor will tell you whether you need any more lessons: For example, more experienced riders may only need one lesson to achieve their goals. If you wish to have more than three lessons with us, you will need to pay £30 for each additional lesson (this is a non-refundable fee).
How much does it cost in Greater Swindon and BANES?
Lessons that take place in the Greater Swindon and Bath and North East Somerset area cost £30 each (this is a non-refundable fee).
What if I don't live in the catchment area?
If you don't live in the Bristol, Greater Swindon or BANES local authority areas you can still have a lesson, but you will need to be able to get to one of our meet points. You must also pay £30 (non-refundable fee) per lesson.
What will I learn?
Our lessons help local people build the skills and confidence to cycle to work, local services and visit friends and family. Our lessons are tailored to your skill level and goals. At the beginning of the lesson, your instructor will assess your cycling ability and suggest areas where you need support. We can help with:
- General on-road cycling skills such as road positioning, how to manage junctions and the Highway Code.
- Support with specific situations where you don’t feel confident (e.g. traffic lights or roundabouts).
- Finding the best routes to work or places you visit regularly.
What do I need to bring?
You will need a roadworthy bike and suitable clothing for the weather that day. You will be out for 1 hour and the lesson will usually involve a mixture of gentle riding and standing still, so wrap up warm on cold days - gloves are recommended. On warmer days, bring water, sunglasses and a visor or hat. Always bring any medication you need with you and make the instructor aware of this (and any relevant health issues) at the start of the lesson.
Do I need to wear a helmet?
Wearing a helmet is not a legal requirement so we advise you to do whatever makes you feel comfortable.
What happens if I don’t have a bike?
Safety during COVID-19
Current Public Health England guidelines state that you can meet one person from outside your household, provided you keep at least two meters distance from each other at all times. After undertaking risk assessments and consulting with our cycling instructors, we are confident that one-to-one adult lessons are safe for people who are healthy and not in a high-risk group.
If you are unsure whether it is safe for you to cycle, we suggest you follow these guidelines on safe cycling during COVID-19 from Cycling UK. As always, our instructors will be observing strict safe systems of working guidelines for COVID-19. Please do not meet with your instructor if you feel at all unwell. Notify them as soon as possible and they will arrange to postpone until you are feeling better. The Instructor will also postpone the lesson if they themselves are feeling unwell. Your Instructor reserves the right to terminate the session early if they feel it is in any way unsafe to continue.
Our Instructors are qualified to teach adults to the ‘National Standard for Cycling,’ as defined by the Department of Transport. All instructors:
- Are DBS checked
- Hold a First Aid qualification
- Have extensive knowledge of cycling in Bristol, Greater Swindon and BANES.
After you book, your instructor will contact you to agree on a time and date for your lesson, discuss your goals and answer any questions you may have. When you meet, your Instructor will be wearing a Life Cycle UK branded blue top and a hi-vis jacket which will hold their ID Badge.
During the COVID 19 outbreak, we will not be able to give lessons to everyone. For example, we cannot safely teach beginners or people from high-risk groups under the current Public Health England guidelines.
In Spring (subject to restrictions) we are launching free cycle courses for people who are new or returning to cycling. If you would be interested in hearing more about these courses, please register your interest here.
We have provided some resources below to help the people we can't currently support:
- Starting cycling: the basics (article by British Cycling)
- How to teach an adult to ride a bike (video by Cycling UK)
- A guide to cycling on the road with children (article by Cycling UK)
- Safe cycling during COVID 19 (always up-to-date article by Cycling UK)
Stay in touch
We offer a variety of services to help people get the most out of cycling. This includes selling refurbished bikes and bike servicing (Bristol only). We also offer “inclusive cycling” services to those who need additional support to unlock the benefits of cycling. For the latest Life Cycle updates, special offers and prizes:
Terms and conditions
If you need to cancel, we require a minimum of 24 hours’ notice by telephone. You should phone or text your instructor directly to do this. If you cancel with less than 24 hours’ notice (or do not show up), your deposit will not be refunded. We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule for any reason at any time, although we will always try to give you reasonable notice. In the unlikely event of us having to cancel your lesson will contact you to rebook at a time that suits you – or we will refund your payment in full.
Train as a cycling instructor
We are an accredited 1st4Sport cycle instructor training centre. We offer both Level 2 and Level 3 instructor training, helping new recruits to qualify as cycle instructors (level 2) - plus “train the trainer” courses for those wishing to become instructor trainers themselves (level 3). We teach in small class sizes using expert cycle trainers – and we provide friendly, individualised support every step of the way.