Breaking Cycles CIC is registered with The Bikeability Trust and can provide Bikeability training.
We also offer our own range of cycle training products, based upon the National Standard for Cycle Training to meet your needs. Our training products are designed to be flexible and meet your unique needs and be tailored to the environment that you will be riding in. The roads in Lancashire vary massively, from busy urban environment to narrow rural roads, each presenting their own challenges, so our training focusses on helping you to understand the principles of the National Standard so that you can apply it to any situation that you find yourself in.
Types of Training
Learn to ride 1:1
£30 per Hour.
There are a lot of adults who have not yet learned to ride a bike and very few who do not have the capability to master it.
Our approach to teaching adults to ride has a high success rate with those who experience difficulties with confidence, co-ordination, communication and concentration.
Our instructors use an approach based upon experiential learning to support you in taking your first pedal strokes. We focus first on the underlying skills of balance and co-ordination, which you have already developed and apply that to the art of cycling!
We provide everything you need, including access to one of the Clitheore Bike Library bikes and a helmet, which we may even be able to lend you to practice on after your lesson!
Family Cycle Training
£165 per family of up to 6 members.
This is a 4hr course, with certificates of completion and detailed feedback. Although this course is based upon the National Standard for cycle training, we focus on the creation of a family cycling strategy which facilitates your family’s safe cycling together and individually.
In addition to using the core functions of cycle training to support you in developing systematic routines that will enable you to safely develop confidence and skills on the road, family cycle training also includes:
- Group Riding: we will learn to ride as a group, this will make us safer, more efficient and faster as well as bringing your family together and enhancing the experience of sharing a bike ride.
- Creating a family strategy: during the day, we will have the opportunity to create some shared values or ground rules about how, where and when members of the family cycle independently. This usually includes discussion about:
- How far away from home we should go on our own
- What we should wear and take with us
- Which roads and pieces of infrastructure we should avoid or aim to use
- What we should do if we are alone and need to get help
- Differences that the time of day and/or weather conditions make to our riding
National Standard Cycle Training 1:1
£65 per person.
This is a 3hr course, including a certificate of completion and detailed feedback. We offer access to one of the Clitheore Bike Library bikes and a helmet for 1:1 training as we base all of these sessions from Clitheroe. This course is also supported by our YouTube video tutorials to support your further development and allow you to re-cap your knowledge.
Our training is based upon using the core functions of cycle training to support you in developing systematic routines that will enable you to safely develop confidence and skills on the road.
The core functions are:
- Observation: developing strategies to maintain awareness of your surroundings and other road users so that you have all of the information you need to make safe decisions about your road use.
- Communication: developing strategies to communicate your intentions to other road users, ride in a predictable manner and play your part in keeping traffic moving in a safe and efficient manner.
- Positioning: developing awareness of where to position your bike in the road in a variety of different scenarios.
- Priority: developing an understanding of how traffic flows, safely and efficiently through junctions.
National Standard Cycle Training (Group)
£55 per person. (minimum group size of 3)
This is a 4hr course, with a certificate of completion and detailed feedback. We work on a maximum instructor ratio of 1:3 in order to ensure safety, develop confidence and support you in developing a personalised riding strategy. This course is also supported by our YouTube video tutorials to support your further development and allow you to re-cap your knowledge.
Learn to Ride 1:1
When I decided, at age 55, to learn to ride a bike a friend recommended Breaking Cycles. Never having been on a bike before I was extremely nervous. At the beginning of July myself and my friend had our first lesson with Phil Wade at Breaking Cycles. He was really patient with us and helped us overcome our fears. He explained all about gears and brakes, taught us how to keep our balance and how to ride safely. Even though I spent more time off the bike than on it during my first lesson he constantly encouraged me to keep trying! We then had two more lessons when we had to deal with obstacles such as corners, potholes, children, walkers, dogs, hills and cars! Over the last three weeks he has lent us bikes so that we can practice in our local park. Each time we go out we feel more confident and have actually started to enjoy ourselves. I would like to thank Phil and Breaking Cycles for giving us this opportunity and I would thoroughly recommend them to anyone . It has certainly made a difference to my life.
Family Cycle Training
We booked a family cycle training day because we felt like we were doing the same rides all the time and getting nervous about taking kids on busy roads. Phil taught us about the highway code and where to position ourselves in the road and showed us some group riding skills. The kids really liked the feeling of riding together as a group and are really keen to go out and do some longer rides on the road!