Spring is fast approaching so it’s the perfect time to get on your bike and ride, but if you’re not that confident on the road or need some advice on bike repair then Brighton and Hove City Council can help with free training courses.
All you need is a road worthy bike with working front and rear brakes and, while they are recommended, helmets are not compulsory.
Training is provided by Changing Gears and is taught according to the UK’s national standard for cycle training.
Level 1 sessions take place in Preston Park on Saturdays and are suitable for those looking to learn basic skills such as turning, braking and emergency braking, and signaling in an environment without traffic.
Level 2 and 3 training takes place on both quiet and busy roads, meeting at the Level on Saturdays. You will learn about road positioning, communicating with other road-users and undertaking basic on-road movements, such as passing parked cars and turning at junctions, as well as how to cycle on busier roads and how to approach complex junctions.
Basic bike maintenance courses take place during weekday evenings and will teach you how to do a safety check, fix punctures and clean and lubricate important parts of your bike.
The intermediate maintenance course will introduce you to using specific tools and lubricants, looking at various brake types and learning how to make adjustments, changing a brake cable, splitting and re-joining a chain and other required maintenance skills.
Click here for more details and to book your place.