Every cyclist can learn something from others. We offer courses to cover what every cyclist needs to know to use a bike safely and confidently, whether they’re going racing, or going to the grocery store. Ride more safely and comfortably in all situations!
- How to Ride a Bike
- Saturday Social Rides
- Introduction to Traffic Skills
- Traffic Skills 101
Free, informal instruction – no registration needed
How to Ride A Bike
We have special “balance bikes” (in all sizes, including for adults) that you can use in our parking lot, or borrow to practice with at home. This is the easiest way to learn, or teach someone else, this basic skill. Just stop in; we’ll show you how!
Saturday Social Rides are a good time to get basic advice on bike fit and safe riding in a very informal setting. We choose a 5-10 mile route around Cleveland and go at a moderate pace. See a side of the city you may not know – no one is left behind! Held on the first Saturday of every month at 10 am.
Structured instruction for a fee
We offer the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) bike-handling and traffic skills training to help you ride more safely, comfortably, and confidently in all traffic situations.
- Get fewer flat tires
- Get honked at less often
- Have credentials that could bolster your position in a legal action
- Go on to become a League Certified Instructor (LCI) yourself — to teach safe-cycling classes on your own, or through the OCBC.
Introduction to Traffic Skills
- Short and easy
- FREE with every bike purchased from OCBC
- How long?
- $25 without bike purchase
Our Intro to Traffic Skills class is a short, casual discussion plus a ride to give anyone the basic information they need to use a bike in traffic, but does not include mechanical classes, written and on-road tests, or graduation certificate.
Traffic Skills 101
- Longer, but still easy
- Includes a test and a certificate
- How many weeks?
Traffic Skills 101 is made up of our Bicycle Basics series on mechanical bike safety and fixing flats, the Traffic Skills Intro, and the written test found here. Though best taken in order, these classes can be completed at any time — once they are, the final on-road test can be scheduled, to earn a certificate from the League of American Bicyclists. This certificate is required to gain instructor certification from the League, which can be done at one of the seminars listed here.
Intro to Traffic Skills and Traffic Skills 101 road tests are held rain or shine (though the riding portions may be postponed in case of dangerous weather).
Both are appropriate for cyclists of all abilities, who can ride for at least an hour and a half at one time. Kids over about 10 years old, are welcome, with a parent, as below– but we also offer a Family Traffic Skills Ride for kids ~ 8 to 12 years old, with their parents.
Students under 14 must be accompanied by an adult student who is a legal guardian, or designated by their guardian on a signed parental release form. Students under 18 must have the signed parental release form with them to attend the class.
HOW TO SIGN UP
Please register for the date of the class you want to take on our events registration page. We will notify you in case class is cancelled — which will happen if there are not at least three students signed up by the Wednesday before the class — and email a reminder and some class-preparation information two days before your class.
We can also arrange private classes almost anytime that is not already scheduled on our calendar, if you have a group of at least four students (or pay the equivalent tuition).
GROUP RIDING CLASSES
We offer Kids 1 and other programs to Scout groups, Rec Centers and community groups.
We will be happy to customize classes to your particular needs, and present them at your location – please see our Programs page.