TAKE A PRIVATE LESSON with VIRTUOUS BICYCLE
Teaching bike riding is one part art and one part science. Each student brings their own abilities and goals, Virtuous Bicycle brings experience, sensitivity, and creativity. A VB Private Biking Lesson is a carefully crafted partnership between you and your teacher.
3 STEPS to PLANNING a LESSON:
• Read this page
• Read 2017 RATES and INFO (FAQ)
• Submit a New Student Questionnaire
It would have been easy when you were 4-years old. Now that you’re all grown up, learning to ride is a completely different challenge – you’ve got years of experience, maturity, and rational thinking to overcome! READ about how we approach the challenge of teaching adults, no matter how mature and rational they’ve become ;-)
Think you’re the only adult who never learned? READ Student Stories.
I had tried so many times with friends. Nothing like a professional with love for teaching and a good methodology. I am super thankful for having such a joyful experience.” – Fernanda, June 2015
VB CONFIDENT BIKING
You know how to ride, but it’s been some time since you were on a bike. Now you’re hoping to get back into biking and share adventures with friends. You’ll enjoy your rides more with reliable bike-handling skills!
We’ll do drills to cover the basics; crisp starts, organized stops, relaxed turns, knowledgable gear shifting. (Yay!) We’ll continue with the more subtle concepts of track selection, weight distribution, situational awareness. More experienced riders will learn advanced skills and emergency maneuvers. Triathletes, Citibike Commuters, NYCC SIG members, Five Boro Bike Tour riders – everyone can benefit from a purposeful approach to that first layer of safety; your ability to control your bike!
On my rides now I realize how much I learned in those lessons that has certainly saved me from making costly mistakes.” -Emma, April 2014
VB ROAD BIKE CLINIC
The first time you get on a real road bike you’ll find that it’s a different experience than your old hybrid. A road bike’s design emphasizes speed and efficiency over stability and comfort – the tires are narrow, the seat is high and the bars are low, the steering is “twitchy” and you’re clipped into your pedals! Solid riding technique will be more important on your road bike than it was on the more forgiving campus cruiser you’ve ridden before.
For those who are feeling a little shaky on their new bike, a VB Road Bike Clinic is the quickest route to the invigorating experience you were hoping for.
He guided me through some exercises (like stopping without falling!), and helped me gain more confidence… I was finally happy and at peace with my new road bike.” -Daniela, August 2015
NYC STREET SKILLS
When you’re ready, learn to navigate city streets with a guided NYC Street Skills ride. We’ll ride together on a variety of street and bike lane configurations. Changing conditions on real NYC streets will present learning opportunities; “Oh good! A double parked car!” You’ll learn how to take control of your interactions with cars, and to elicit respect, even appreciation, from the motorists you share the road with.
Today, I got a compliment from a driver, . . . at a light down 2nd avenue he pulled up and said ‘You are a really good rider! I hardly ever see anyone signal and do the turns like that!’ . . . It was really nice to hear.” – Elizabeth, VB Traffic Skills student
Highly personalized, together we will decide on a program to get you going on your own virtuous cycle of improved skills and enjoyment.
Ride Safe! Ride Informed!
A naturally gifted teacher, Lance possesses that favorable combination of authority and congeniality that engenders trust, and I felt secure as one of his charges for the day.” – Shelley Griffin