Bicycling Basics
Bicycling Basics
Bicycling Basics

Bike Skills 201: Bike Handling Skills


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. Questions? Email us at classes@bike.nyc.


Class Duration: 3 hours

Class Location: Traffic-free Community Bicycle Education Center

Class Size: 10-12 adults and mature teens

Instructors: 1 trained instructor

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

There are no Bike Skills 201: Bike Handling Skills sessions available at this time. Check our other available classes by clicking the link below.

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Did you just graduate from our Bike Skills 101: Learn to Ride 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.


Indoor classes are held rain or shine. Outdoor classes will be canceled in the event of rain; we will notify you by email if we have to cancel. 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: LEARN THE Rules of the Road

Once you’ve mastered starting, riding in a straight line, signaling, and stopping, it’s time for our free Street Skills 301: Rules of the Road class, a classroom-style lesson that will empower you with the know-how necessary to confidently navigate city streets.

NEXT STEP: Bike Buyer’s Workshop

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 Bike Buyer’s Workshop class.