What is Cycle Training?
The cycle training we offer at RJH CS has 3 levels: basic skills; low- to mid-traffic on-road training; heavier-traffic and complex junctions. For more information, see the Cycle Training and Our Courses pages.
I've never ridden a bike before, can I undertake cycle training?
Yes! Cycle training is suitable for anyone, no matter their experience level. Level 1 covers everything from setting up and checking a bike to being confident in riding it in an off-road setting. From there, you may choose to continue to Levels 2 and 3, or you may be satisfied simply to have learned a useful new skill!
I'm quite an experienced cyclist, what can cycle training offer me?
Cycle training offers a range of different ways to make cycling, and therefore you, safer on the road. Some of the things you'll learn (especially in regards to road positioning) seem counter-intuitive at first, but all make a genuine difference. One of the main things many people gain is confidence - this in itself reflects in the way you cycle and can increase your safety on its own!
I only ride occasionally, is it worth the time and effort?
Short answer - yes, it is. Much of the training covers awareness and positioning, and both of these can make you a safer road user, whatever your means of transport. Understanding why a cyclist positions themself where they do is one part of the Safe Urban Driving course all heavy goods drivers must now undertake. Coupled with greater awareness, this knowledge can make any journey less stressful and more enjoyable, whether on a bike, in a car or in a lorry.
I've made it to adulthood and I've never ridden a bike. Is it too late to learn?
No, it's never too late to learn! We're happy to teach anyone who's willing to learn, all you need is a bicycle (we may be able to help you source one if necessary) and a willingness to learn.
I used to ride a lot, but haven't been on a bike in years. Can you help?
Of course! Often the only thing lacking in this situation is confidence, especially riding on the roads. We're happy to tailor the session around you, and are very flexible in how it goes; we'll adapt the session as we go along so you get the maximum out of it. Whether you just want a skills refresher, want to investigate some local routes, or want to regain the confidence to get out and about whenever the mood takes you, we'd be happy to help!
Why do cyclists ride two-abreast on narrow roads?
Probably because they feel safer this way - it's almost certainly not a ploy to annoy drivers, rather it discourages overtaking where it maybe isn't safe to do so, and where it is safe it means the vehicle overtaking need only travel half the distance to overtake the group. Though the Highway Code recommends riding a maximum of two-abreast, there is no legal restriction.
Why do cyclists insist on using the road rather than their very own cycle lane?
Chances are, that cycle lane isn't fit for purpose! Many are either too small, poorly positioned or in a poor state of repair (or a combination of all). They are an option, but there is no requirement for cyclists to use them. Aside from motorways, cyclists are permitted on any public road, however unadvisable this may be.