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FAQs


How do you teach people to cycle? What’s the secret?

Throughout the UK, 1 in 6 children and 1 in 8 adults have yet to learn how to ride a bike.  Cycle Experience believes that it is never too late to learn!


Our cycle skills training begins by developing the ability to balance.  Children begin by learning to ride a ‘balance bike’ – a bike with no pedals and a lower centre of gravity than a typical pedal bike. 


For adults, we have a fleet of specially build bikes, which also have no pedals.  By removing the need to pedal, our coaching techniques enable you to grow in confidence by staying upright on two wheels. Once able to balance, the next step is to progress to using a pedal bike. 


A fun and supportive atmosphere is encouraged by our instructors during our Learn to Balance & Ride sessions, where parents/guardians are encouraged to stay, watch and support.



Is cycle training suitable for children with additional learning needs?

We aim to make our cycling training programmes inclusive for all children and our fully trained instructors will be able to give children extra focus when needed. Learning the control, balance and co-ordination that is needed to cycle can be enormously beneficial and enjoyable to all children.


If you have any particular concerns regarding your child’s participation please get in touch with the co-ordinator for training in your local area, as alternative training may be available.



At what age can my children start cycling with me?

You can start cycling with your children from when they are a baby (typically three months), transporting them in a child trailer. When children can sit upright, (nine months) front or rear child seats become an option and can accommodate children up to 5 years old. When your child is able to balance and ride their own bike, (usually from three years), they can accompany you, cycling on the pavement or one of the growing number of off-road routes. By four years old, trailer bikes become an option for longer trips as do a child-back tandem. These allow the child to take part and pedal when they want to. Some children have well-developed ‘road-sense’ and are capable of riding on quieter roads, with an adult from about six years old, but this does vary.



Can I cycle on the pavement?

Strictly speaking no, it is illegal to cycle on the pavement. The exception is where there is a segregated pedal cycle and pedestrian route which is indicated by signs and markings displayed along the route.



Do I need a licence to ride a bike?

No you do not. Anyone can ride a bike on the road. We recommend however that children are supervised and before anyone takes to the road it is worth considering getting some cycle training.



Do I need to wear a helmet?

It is not compulsory by law to wear a helmet when cycling but we do recommend it for both on and off-road cycling. Indeed we insist on it when delivering cycle training to young children.Please click here to see our bike and clothing checklist.



How much can I expect to pay for a new bike?

You can pay anything from £50 to £5000 depending on the type of bike you wish to purchase. We recommend that you focus on quality rather than price alone. We at Cycle Experience work with Raleigh Cycles who we believe offer the best mid-range quality cycles for the family, as well as offering quality folding bikes, mountain bikes and elite sports bikes. For quality children’s bikes expect to pay £150 to £250 and for a quality adult commuter bike expect to pay about £300 to £500.


Becoming increasingly popular is the electric bike, where prices range from £600 - £3000.