Bicycling Basics
Bicycling Basics
Bicycling Basics

Bicycling Basics


A 3-hour on-bike class for adults and mature teens who have recently learned how to ride a bike or who want to improve their core cycling skills. You’ll learn how to adjust your helmet for a safe, comfortable fit, choose an appropriately sized bike, adjust the seat, perform a simple mechanical inspection to ensure the bike is road-ready, start & stop with confidence, shift gears, scan & signal, and navigate around common road hazards. Bicycling Basics is a required class in our Earn A Bike program.


Class Duration: 3 hours

Class Location: Traffic-free Community Bicycle Education Center

Class Size: 20-25 adults and mature teens

Equipment: Bicycles and helmets provided to those who register online for the class*.

Registration policy: Advance registration is preferred; walk-up students are accepted as space allows.


*Anyone who chooses to bring their own bicycle must ensure that the bicycle fits and is in good working order (i.e., wheels spin freely, brakes function).

Upcoming Classes

Date Time Location Register
Saturday, 10/22 11:00PM - 2:00PM Bronx, Crotona Park; Boxcar Playground - use park entrance at Crotona Park East & Charlotte St See Map Go to Registration Page
Sunday, 10/23 10:00AM - 1:00PM Manhattan, Inwood Hill Park - West end of Dyckman St; paved oval rink to north, between the river & train tracks, between baseball & soccer fields See Map Go to Registration Page


Did you just graduate from our Learn to Ride—Adults class? Are you coming back to cycling after a long absence and feeling a little shaky? Ever wonder what those funny levers on your handlebars do? Don’t feel like you’re ready to mix with traffic yet? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then Bicycling Basics is the class for you, as long as you are able to mount, balance, pedal, start, and stop a bicycle.


If you are interested in private instruction, visit the League of American Bicyclists website to find a certified cycling instructor in your area.


Upon registration, students will be required to enter a credit card number. If a student registers and attends a class, or cancels more than one week in advance of their class, their credit card will NOT be charged. However, any of the following will result in a $50 fee:

If a student cancels her registration during the business week (Monday through Friday) immediately leading up to her class date.

If a student switches class dates or times during the business week immediately leading up to her class date.

If a student does not show up to her class.

Indoor Learn to Ride classes are held rain or shine. Outdoor classes will be canceled in the event of rain; please check our weather hotline (212 870 2080 ext. 2) if in doubt. Students registered for a class that is canceled because of rain will be invited to register for a later class date within the established season schedule.

Next Step: Street Skills Class

Once you’ve mastered starting, riding in a straight line, signaling, and stopping, it’s time for our free Street Skills Class, a classroom-style lesson that will empower you with the know-how necessary to confidently navigate city streets.


Now that you know how to ride, you might be considering getting a bike of your own. Not sure where to start? No problem! Check out our free How to Buy a Bicycle class.