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Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition offers Bicycle Classes
Updated April 3, 2022 |

"Our bicycle classes exist to empower people to become more safe and confident riders"

SVBC offers an extensive Education Series—Monthly classes, Webinars and an Adult Education Series:

  • Biking Basics: One-hour biking workshops – for people who want a quick review of bicycle safety in a classroom setting 
  • Smart Cycling Part 1- Classroom: Comprehensive four-hour workshops to prepare you to bike safely on the road – for people who want to get into the details and learn how to choose a bike, how to ride safely, basic safety checks, and commuting tips. Classroom setting.
  • Smart Cycling Part 2- On-bike: On-bike workshops where you can practice biking on the street in small groups and with instructors – for people who want hands-on experience practicing skills. Prerequisite: Smart Cycling Part 2- Classroom
  • Bike maintenance workshops – for people who want to know how to change a tire, fix a flat, and basic maintenance

SVBC Bicycle Classes > 
SVBC Calendar >

Bike Skills 101 - Fundamental Bike Handling Skills
Updated April 24, 2022 |

Presented by Savvy Bike, on behalf of Western Wheelers, this members-only clinic is the foundation of everything else you’ll learn on the bike. This is the clinic where we teach the old dogs new tricks and the newbies the fundamentals. You’ll learn about balance and weight distribution and how that affects your ability to ride your bike safely and confidently. We’ll learn skills like riding with no hands, emergency stops, and how to look behind you while holding your line, how to steer, and counter-steer. After just four hours, we guarantee you’ll be a better bike handler and have much more fun on the bike.Saturday May 7, 2022. Registration, limited to 16, opened Friday, April 8 at 6 PM >
Session Added: Saturday July 9, 2022. Registration limited to 16 attendees, opened 6 PM, Friday, June 10, 2022. Clinic is full, with a wait list.


Bike Skills 201 - Climbing + Descending Skills
Updated April 22, 2022 |

Presented by Savvy Bike, on behalf of Western Wheelers, this members-only clinic is a continuation of what you’ve learned in Bike Skills 101. What goes up must come down, right? In this 4-hour co-ed clinic, we’ll teach you how to climb like a pro – seated climbs, standing climbs, short climbs, steep climbs, extended climbs. And then, we’ll teach you how to come back down again, focusing on a fast straight descent, and then a technical switchbacky descent. Pre-requisite:  Bike Skills 101. 
Sunday May 15, 2022. Registration, limited to 6, opened Friday, April 22 at 6 PM >

Bike Skills 301 - Pacelines + Group Riding
Updated May 20, 2022 |

Presented by Savvy Bike, on behalf of Western Wheelers, this members-only clinic is a continuation of what you’ve learned in Bike Skills 101. Wheelsucking is an art!  Whether you’re a racer or a recreational rider, group riding skills will help you ride longer, faster, and farther.  We’ll learn draft theory and basic pacelines, beginning with partner work and progressing to more complex group riding skills and introductory racing techniques.  Pre-requisite:  Bike Skills 101.
Sunday June 12, 2022. Registration, limited to 12, opened Friday, May 20 at 6 PM


Coaching & Training
Western Wheelers Bicycle Club offers this list for reference only. Coaching services vary, contact the companies directly for more information.


Resources  


League of American Bicyclists Traffic Skills 101
online course


Bicycling Street Smarts: Riding Confidently, Legally, and Safely, by John S. Allen.

The physical manual (available to WWBC members upon request) includes most of the California specific vehicle codes applicable to bicycle travel.


As a cyclist on the roadway, you have the same rights and responsibilities of a vehicle driver and are responsible for complying with the California Vehicle Code (CVC).  


League of American Bicyclists  Smart Cycling Quick Guide (sample, preview version)


League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling Manual (purchase through LAB)



League of American Bicyclists Education Videos

  • Basic Bike Check
  • Bike Lanes
  • Intersection Positioning
  • Scanning
  • Share the Trail
  • Shifting Gears
  • Signaling
  • Traffic Laws and Cycling
  • and more...


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