Recumbent Cyclist - Can I be an Instructor

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Re: Recumbent Cyclist - Can I be an Instructor

Postby [XAP]Bob » 28 Oct 2010, 8:27pm

John Holiday wrote:Yes,with regard to realistic on-road cycling situations, we are often conscious that passing motorists will treat a group of trainees with considerable caution to the point where they will give way un-necessarily, & we have to explain the them that when they are cycling on their own, this is most unlikely to happen!

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Re: Recumbent Cyclist - Can I be an Instructor

Postby byegad » 29 Oct 2010, 10:29am

As a recumbent only rider I still turn my head where a DF rider would look back. I can't turn my head anywhere far enough to actually see behind but the turn of the head makes it appear to drivers that you have done so. In actual fact my fixed mirrors and glasses mounted mirror allow me to see far more behind me than a DF rider can manage while still looking where they are going.

So if training a group all you need to do is the turn of the head without 'giving away' that in fact you are using your mirrors.
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Re: Recumbent Cyclist - Can I be an Instructor

Postby mr_cellophane » 30 Oct 2010, 10:15am

If you are training a group, half of their learning is from watching you. You might be able to see them on a bent, but can they see you ?

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Re: Recumbent Cyclist - Can I be an Instructor

Postby pjclinch » 15 Jun 2011, 1:32pm

Depends on the particular thing you're doing and who for.

When I took my training to be a trainer, for the last bit with 1 to 1 bike-buddying the chaps running it had asked me to bring a bike with derailleurs (I'd done the rest on a Brommie), and that was either my Streetmachine or digging the MTB out the back of a deep shed and doing a lot of work on it, so I took the 'bent.
I'd think for bike-buddying of kids it'd actually be good that you're not towering over them. But for something like general bike handling it ought to be something like the pupils are using.

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Re: Recumbent Cyclist - Can I be an Instructor

Postby Magpie656 » 3 Apr 2013, 11:19pm

Did my CTA course a couple of weeks ago, I ride a Scorpian and also was not sure about using it for the course. So I took my Brompton. Now going on an other course but am getting a mountain bike for use on it and for training. Agree that trike is different to solo and don't think it's a good thing, kids may be to interested in it and not what they should be doing.