How it works

I teach bike riding lessons that are 60 minutes – 90 minutes long. I can come to you or we can meet in the Boston area. For the most part, you will use your own bike and helmet, though I can provide a bike for anyone between 5’4″ and 5’10”. For riding space, you will find a space in your community (I can help!) or go to a space in Boston. Lessons can be one-on-one or small groups of up to 4. Overall, most things are flexible – we can figure out what’s right for you! See below for more information about selecting a bike, riding space, and rates.

Want to sign up for lessons? Contact Jenny at jennynorcott @ gmail.com

Equipment – Bike & Helmet

You will need to have a bicycle and helmet to practice on. Don’t own one? No need to go out and buy one (yet!). Try to borrow from a neighbor, sibling, cousin, friend,  etc. while considering the below specifications. I’ll ask you to send me a picture of the student sitting on the bike before the lesson to confirm that it will work. 

Bike Type:

For kids, mostly any style of kids bike should work, though learning on a bike with handbrakes tends to be easier than a bike with coaster (pedal) brakes. For teens and adults, the bike should be a bit more upright with flat bars (i.e. hybrid or mountain bike) and hand brakes. I don’t teach new riders on bikes with “racing” (drop) handlebars.

Bike Fit:

The student should be on a bike that fits. Tips for fitting a bike:

  • Students who are learning should be able to put their fleet flat on the ground, with a little bend in their knees. If the student can’t reach the ground with flat feet, the bike is too big to learn on!
  • When the student stands over the bike, there should be at least 1″ between the frame/crotch.
  • If the seat has to be very high up, it may be too small. 
Bike Check:

You should check over the bike days before the lesson to make sure it actually works – is there air in the tires? Do the brakes work? Does the chain/rear wheel move when you spin the pedals? If you’re not sure, you might want to take your bike to a shop – how disappointing it would be to start a lesson to only find out the bike doesn’t work! Also please take training wheels off prior to the lesson if possible.

Other equipment:

The student should have a bike helmet that fits – it covers the front of their forehead. I will do proper helmet fitting at the start of each lesson and can provide a helmet for an older child, teen, or adult if needed. The helmet should meet CPST or ASTM guidelines. While not required, you may also want to consider elbow pads, knee pads, and/or gloves.

The rider should plan to wear closed-toe shoes; weather permitting, pants/capris and long sleeves may help to protect skin from scratches and scrapes if pads aren’t used.

Riding Space

A good riding practice space:

  • must be paved (no grass)
  • must have low to no vehicular traffic
  • should be mostly flat but having a slight incline is ideal
  • is open and big enough to ride a bike around – at least 15 feet wide and 100 feet long – no narrow paths/sidewalks

Riding space ideas:

  • empty parking lots (schools, churches, parks, businesses, colleges, etc)
  • school yards
  • parks
  • cul-de-sacs
  • tracks
  • tennis/basketball court

Of course, you will want to make sure that this space is likely to be unused/available during the time you schedule lessons.

Rates

My general suggested rate is $60/hour. I also believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn how to ride a bike regardless of income so I am happy to work within your budget – just contact me to discuss. The rate may be increased if significant travel is involved.

 

Questions or Want to sign up for lessons? Contact Jennynorcott @ gmail.com