Adult Cycle Training - Leicestershire

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Merry_Wanderer
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Adult Cycle Training - Leicestershire

Postby Merry_Wanderer » 5 Dec 2012, 9:16am

Can anyone please help point both myself and partner in the right direction to do some Cycle Training?

I have recently persuaded my partner to buy a bike (which she loves riding) and we ride on a variety of urban and rural roads in the day and now recently in the dark. What I am looking for both of us is some training locally (we live in Hinckley in Leics) which would teach us road positioning ie primary and secondary positions, signalling and how to make yourself be seen. I am conscious that on my commute to work I have had a near miss when someone turned right across my path and I would like to take every opportunity I can to make myself a more aware and safer rider & I would also like my partner to learn the same skills - I really don't want to see her put off at this stage especially as she has gained so much confidence in her ability (I am sure her fitness will soon outstrip mine!).

I have looked at Bikeability and tried the links but am going around in circles as none of the providers mentioned for Leics seem to have any courses on offer. Should I be contacting the County Council or the City Council in Leicester or would a private provider be a better option?

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Re: Adult Cycle Training - Leicestershire

Postby Vorpal » 5 Dec 2012, 7:28pm

You can try contacting the county council. They do offer free cycle training. http://www.leics.gov.uk/index/environme ... events.htm
However, I don't know if training is available this time of year. They certainly haven't posted anything on the website.

You can also check with local CTC instructors http://www.ctc.org.uk/cyclists-library/cycle-skills
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Re: Adult Cycle Training - Leicestershire

Postby Merry_Wanderer » 7 Dec 2012, 8:40am

Thanks very much for pointing me in the right direction :-)

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Re: Adult Cycle Training - Leicestershire

Postby Vorpal » 7 Dec 2012, 2:28pm

You're welcome. Good luck finding some training.

It may also be worth getting yourself a copy (or two?) of Cyclecraft by John Franklin. The book lays out the principles upon which Bikeability is based (including secindary, primary, etc.). It's available from TSO or amazon.

It's definitely worth reading, even if you do find training.
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Re: Adult Cycle Training - Leicestershire

Postby jimbo75 » 13 Jan 2013, 10:48pm

A lot of the Bikeability instructors who work in Birmingham are usually happy to do private lessons.

Send a PM.

Cheers

Jim

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Re: Adult Cycle Training - Leicestershire

Postby Gunner » 30 Jan 2013, 6:15pm

Merry wanderer

Like you, my wife and I also live in Middle Earth Hinckley meh duck.....

I have a friend who may be able to help you, he lives in Leics, he has a number of ctc approved riding qualifications, which are listed his own web site for you to have a look and to make conduct if you feel he can help you.

He is also a 'cyctech' cycle qualified mechanic where he can service your bike or allows you to do it with his supervision. if you PM me I can send you all the details which I hope you will find helpful.

You may have seen my wife and I about on our Bromptons or recently purchased dawes galaxies... :D