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Equipment : Bikes and clothing for Bikeability Training
Pupils will be expected to bring their own roadworthy bicycle which will checked by our instructors. We loan each pupil a hi-visibility waistcoat and a protective cycling helmet (if they don’t have their own).
We can, on request, provide a loan bike for a pupil who does not currently have access to a roadworthy bike, but can cycle.
Checking your child's bike
The cycle training can be done on any sort of bike, as long as it is roadworthy. You will need to check:
Wheels & Tyres: tyres pumped up, wheel nuts tight, wheels should spin freely
Brakes: hold both brakes and try push the bike back & forth – it shouldn’t move. Check brake lever doesn’t touch the handlebars when squeezed.
Handlebars: stand in front of the bike holding the front wheel still between your legs. Try and twist the handlebars – they shouldn’t move
Bike fit & saddle: your child should be able to comfortably stand over the bike. Adjust the saddle so that the rider can just touch the floor and their leg is only slightly bent when their foot is at the bottom of the pedal stroke.
The checks above can be performed very quickly, and most adjustments made easily. If you are unsure how to get the bike into roadworthy condition, we recommend that it is checked over by a local bike shop. It is important that bikes are roadworthy, but it’s more important that your child receives the cycle training. If you do not have a suitable bike we may be able to provide one, as long as you let us know well before the beginning of the course.
The course will take place in all but the most severe of weather so you should ensure that your child has warm and waterproof clothing especially gloves in the winter months. During the warm summer months please make sure your child has some sunscreen. We suggest that girls wear trousers or tracksuit bottoms when training.