Private Biking Lessons


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 (scroll down for reviews)
• Read 2017 RATES and INFO (FAQ)
• Submit a New Student Questionnaire

SUMMER BOOKING TIP: Plan ahead!  It’s season, and the lesson calendar is tight. Begin planning your lessons now to be ready for your summer biking adventures.


ADULT LEARN-TO-RIDE 
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


2017 RATES and INFO


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


2017 RATES and INFO


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


2017 RATES and INFO


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


2017 RATES and INFO


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!
Lance Jacobs

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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

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  1. Alyson Promes

    I hadn’t really ridden a bike since i was 6. i tried a couple of years ago but having friends/your husband teach you is always a terrible idea. I found the two sessions i had with lance completely *unlocking* i went from not being able to stay balanced or start riding to riding around NY and using it as a great way to commute and see the city. cannot recommend these classes enough i found it totally worth the investment. any questions that i have now lance provides incredibly helpful and speedy responses. have really enjoyed learning from him and will continue to reach out/take lessons as i want to tackle new skills. seriously if you’re debating signing up just do it. Thanks so much Lance!

  2. AF

    The expression, “It’s as easy as riding a bike,” has always made me feel uneasy. I’m one of the (what feels like) few adults who did not learn how to ride a bike growing up. Friends have tried to teach me, but each time I failed miserably. I become fearful of riding…that’s until my lesson with Lance.

    Lance is a patient, thorough and gifted instructor. He guided me through my lesson with ease and precision. Step-by-step, I started to feel like a natural. By the end of my FIRST lesson, I felt confident on a bike and had fun while riding! My fear was washed away. Best lesson and best instructor out there — without a doubt. I can’t wait to get back out there on my bike!

  3. plc70

    I’m so grateful to Lance for getting me back on wheels. After becoming spooked by a bicycle way too big for me to control, followed by a hiatus of some years without cycling, I was too panicked to ride again. Through Lance’s masterful teaching skill, empathy and patience I was able to overcome my fear. Thank you, Lance!
    Paula

  4. Laxmi Vijaysankar

    I had an excellent first lesson with Lance. I had not ridden a bike since I was about 10 years old and wanted to start with the basics and build up. He gave me a lesson true to that goal. He is really good at deconstructing the movements and patterns involved and making you mindful of the activity at hand. He is also warm and supportive. I even managed to ride a few circles with pedals by the end of the lesson and feel very hopeful that I will reach my current goal of riding seamlessly on vacations and in the park one day!

  5. Barry

    A couple of months ago, I woke up and decided that I wanted to ride a bike on vacations outside of NYC. This was complicated by the fact that I’m 75 years old and hadn’t rode a bike in 40 years. Additionally, I never really rode a bike in any but the most pristine/uncomplicated situation.
    Well, Lance first wanted to make certain that a guy my age had the reflexes to learn to ride. I then passed the test and Lance turned out be a supremely patient teacher, making certain that I had mastered each skill before moving on to the next one. This was really helpful because sometimes it took me a couple of times to get things right. Lance was very flexible and with good humor would always come up with ways to make things work. We had three sessions at a local playground and then moved out into the real world of Riverside Park. Everything went smoothly. I had mastered the mechanical skills and now Lance helped me to be aware of the situations that can be encountered dealing with pedestrians, other bicyclists and vehicles. Although still a beginner, I now feel ready to ride around urban bikes and bike paths.
    Thanks, Lance

  6. Flor

    As a kid , I was afraid of falling off a bike and didn’t considered learning how to ride. Physical education is one subject I dread when I was younger. Somehow in my 40s, I feel I need to learn to bike before my bones starts to get brittle. And i want to show my kids that mommy can bike so they can also start learning how to ride.

    Finding Lance is the best gift I ever gave to myself. He was very thorough and constantly trying to figure out what could he do better to make me learn how to ride. He’s a great teacher, putting you at ease and making you feel more confident. Most of all, his instructions are individually modified , looking at your weakness and finding ways to make you “get it” . He’s never pushy and an overall amazing teacher. Thank you!

  7. James

    I am the only child so my parents are extremely over protective. They felt that knowing how to ride a bike is a dangerous pursuit so they kept that away from me. Throughout my life I always felt that something was missing by not knowing how to ride a bike. So I did some extensive research on how to get this issue resolved and this is where I found Lance and Virtuous Bicycle. I am so glad I found Lance! His patience and encouragement throughout my journey in how to ride a bike really smoothed the learning curve. Lance’s ability to deconstruct, decode and demystify the whole process on learning how to ride a bike is an amazing experience all on its own.

  8. Isabelle

    I am so incredibly grateful to Lance for teaching me to ride a bike! I didn’t learn as a child and tried three times unsuccessfully as an adult (twice with friends and once with bike New York). As I lack coordination skills, I felt I would never learn. But with a husband who is a keen rider and a daughter approaching the age when she will learn to ride, I thought I would give it one more try. Luckily I found Lance, who is a skilled, experienced, patient and fun instructor. After four lessons, I felt I had been riding my whole life. You gave me wings Lance! Thank you!!!

  9. Judy

    I hadn’t ridden a bike since moving to New York over 20 years ago. I now plan to ride a bike to work six miles each way. Lance gave me the perfect skill-building lesson to ensure that I will be able to do this safely.

  10. Ricki Harell

    Best learning experience I’ve had in a long time! Got it for my 34 bday. Now, getting to the age of 34 without knowing to ride the bike is kind of a big deal, and like everybody I was nervous and scared I might fall. 
    Lance was the best teacher I could hope for. He was patient, funny and very reliable. He took me step by step and in the second lesson I manage to ride the bike! All of this without falling off from the bike even once. If you want learn how to ride, Lance is your man. He’ll make you feel confident and will make it seems to look so easy and most important, a lot of fun.

  11. Joe, Carol and Maxine

    My family and I often workout in the same enclosed area where Virtuous Bicycle conducts lessons for new bike riders. While I am not an expert on bike riding, it is very obvious that Lance is a very dedicated and competent professional teacher/trainer. We have observed him training several students over the last few months and we can honestly state that he is totally committed to his students and he gets amazing results. He appears to be extremely patient and understanding of his students. Most important, his students respond positively to his instructions and his friendly, warm manner. As he arrives at the park early to set up for his lessons, we always enjoy chatting with him. However, when his students arrive he is all business and gives them his undivided attention. We respect his commitment to his students and it is refreshing to see someone go all-out to help one learn a new skill.

  12. Jouli

    I never learned riding a bike as a kid and I always thought that it is too late to learn when I am already in my 30s.. Well, Lance showed me that it is never too late. I showed up for my lesson and was so nervous but Lance made sure I was focused, relaxed and most importantly having fun. He had me riding and pedaling on my own by the end of my first lesson, he gave me so much confidence that I could do this and actually enjoy it. Taking a private lesson with Lance was the best thing that I have ever done, I’ve started going on short rides around my neighborhood, I went for my first park ride this weekend and I survived and so did all the people that were at the park, THANK YOU LANCE, YOU ARE AN AMAZING TEACHER!

  13. RS

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    As a teacher and 60+ year old, I know a good teacher when I see one, and Lance is an outstanding teacher! It’s clear from the start in how you get on and learn how to control the bike and learn how it works, before you start using the peddles. And start to lose any fears you have from not ever riding a bike. He has a set of starting and continuing steps that he tailors to each student–and you learn the do’s (e.g, peddling steadies and controls the bike! And it does not take much to turn the bike) and most importantly the don’ts (e.g., don’t get off the bike until the brakes stop it). And in the practicing he provides, you figure out what skills you need to improve further with him and on your own. If you are informed, you can ride safely, and then you can move on from there. Thank you Lance!

  14. Debby

    I promised by husband on his birthday 3 years ago that I would learn to ride a bike. I attended a Bike New York Learn To Ride class the next year (under duress) which went well and I proudly reported that I was able to “ride” by the end of the lesson. However earlier this year my husband wanted me to demonstrate my riding skills, and he quickly realized that my skills were basic at best and only good for navigating an empty car park!

    Then came Lance.

    Lance is first and foremost a really nice human being, and is genuinely interested in people and what makes them tick. In my opinion this is what makes him a such a great teacher, as he can empathize with his students and also adapt his teaching style to the student as he realizes that everyone learns differently. Lance is also funny, patient, considerate, very reliable, an excellent communicator (loved the photos, video and many encouraging emails), extremely motivating and overall a great ambassador for cycling.

    I have just completed two 3 hour lessons (I recommend the extended lessons) over the past two weekends, and can now safely tell my husband that I can ride a bike! Don’t get me wrong, I won’t be commuting in traffic to work tomorrow but I am planning on buying my first bike in the next few days and will start riding in Prospect Park with my husband and slowly branch out from there as I gain more confidence and skill.

    Thanks again Lance, you’re a superstar!

  15. SJ

    I had an absolutely amazing lesson. Lance clearly understands how to teach adults ( there was not an iota of condescension or impatience); clearly knows what he is talking about ( he explained the mechanics and led me through the exercises in a way that I just got it!), was extremely motivating, encouraging and mostly very likeable. I am so going back to get more lessons and recommending Lance to anyone who will listen! Thank you so much! I feel empowered and that is SUCH a gift.

  16. Malik

    The other day I could not write a proper thank you note for the great learning session. Probably, you have heard this a thousand times from many people but I would say it one more time, you are one of the best and fun teachers. To be very honest, I could not believe I actually rode a bike for the first time with so much ease until I saw the short video clip afterwards. A big thank you.I can’t wait to learn the next steps!!

  17. Daniela Rios

    I just bought a new road bike to join my husband in his hobby, and although I have ridden bikes as a child and a couple of times as an adult, I was not very confident in my abilities. My first attempt at riding my new bike was a disaster. Since the bike’s seat is high (and supposed to stay high) I lost my balance and fell right off resulting in a nasty bruise and scrapes all over my legs. To avoid shattering my confidence completely, I decided to contact Lance, to build on my current biking skills and mainly to have him teach me how to ride this road bike (my little death trap, as I nicknamed it). I was a bit nervous before the lesson but Lance quickly put me at ease. He guided me through some exercises (like stopping without falling!), and helped me gain more confidence. To my surprise, I was easily mounting and dismounting the bike within the first hour of my lesson. I learned how to navigate the road, dealing with the other bikes, dogs running around, distracted tourists, the whole thing. Before I knew it, I was riding around the Central Park loop with Lance, going up hills, shifting gears, stopping the bike at the stop signals, noticing potentially hazardous situations way ahead and avoiding them… I was finally happy and at peace with my new bike. And the best part is that it was easy… or at least Lance made it seem easy since we took one step at a time, and once you put all the pieces together, you realize that it really is not so difficult. Lance is very patient and very easy going. I highly recommend him, not only for those first time riders, but also for people like me, who have been on bikes before, but were lacking some extra skill to be able to try new challenges!

  18. AC

    I never learned to ride a bike as a kid because my parents never spent the time with me. Lance was so methodical, and patient – there was definitely an art to how he taught me how to ride. I am so glad that I reached out to him! After the first lesson, I couldn’t believe that after years and years, I can finally say that I can ride a bike! Thank you Lance for being a brilliant teacher! I didn’t think that I could do it :)

  19. Fernanda

    After contacting many teachers for adults in NYC I finally found Lance. He was the ONLY one who got back to me and was super structured and serious in his evaluation about my potential to learn.
    Lance is a true teacher, it is easy to trust him and to let go of being afraid. I had tried so many times with friends. Nothing like a professional with love for teaching and a good methodology.
    I took a 3 hour lesson and by the time it was over I was riding on my own. I am super thankful for having such a joyful experience.

  20. Ben

    I was so lucky to find Lance to teach me how to ride. I am in my early 30’s and had never had a chance to learn to ride a bike before meeting with Lance. He was patient, fun and clearly invested in my success all of which were traits I really appreciated. I went from being a complete beginner with no bike skills to confidently moving through Riverside park while changing gears. Lance was an amazing teacher and I could not recommend him more strongly for those like me who have meant to learn forever and never got around to doing it. Thanks again Lance!!!

  21. Jae-eun

    I never biked as a kid and it was my first bike lesson ever. I just followed each step Lance asked me to try and to my surprise I was riding a bike after one hour! I didn’t know learning a bike could be this easy and fun. Highly recommend.

  22. Dana Roc

    I can’t say enough about how good Lance is at teaching people how to ride a bike. His technique is extremely effective as is his execution. I knew immediately that my daughter was in good hands. Lance is patient, methodical and effective. Like the Dog Whisperer for bike riding…I would highly recommend him!

  23. Albert

    The whole process was a gratifying experience from start to end, and I can’t thank you enough. I was definitely amazed by how the drills came together, and coming into the session did not expect that I would actually be riding the bicycle by the time it ended. You have truly developed a great program! Any apprehension I had about learning how to ride a bicycle was replaced by enjoyment.
    I am greatly looking forward to our next session!

  24. Blaine

    Lance was so awesome! He was patient with me, he helped me overcome my fears and achieve my life long dream of being a cyclist. He knows what he is doing and gives very clear instructions. He made my whole experience so much fun! He is respectful, professional, and he makes you comfortable! Thank you so much Lance, I’m so happy I chose you to be my instructor and looking forward to riding with you in the future.

  25. Emma

    For anyone who is nervous about learning or re-learning how to ride a bike Lance is your man! Don’t let your friends take you out, put you on a bike and push you down a hill. You may (or may not) figure it out, but most likely you will never get on again! Lance was infinitely patient and paced our sessions appropriately to build my confidence in my own abilities. I was never pushed too far outside my comfort zone, but I could still see measurable improvements. On my rides now I realise how much I learned in those lessons that has certainly saved me from making costly mistakes. I am now able to confidently ride laps of Central Park negotiating hills, pedestrians and traffic and most importantly I am enjoying it. Thanks Lance for opening up a whole new world for me. My husband still can’t believe that I am finally out riding with him!

  26. AJ

    I didn’t learn to ride a bike as a kid because I was constantly afraid of falling. But lately I’ve been feeling I was missing out on all the fun that other bikers seemed to be having so I reached out to Lance. He is a patient teacher who starts with the basics and lets you learn at your own pace while you gain confidence. I started without knowing how to get on a bike and left feeling like a pro. I’m so glad I reached out to take the class and I still can’t believe that I am actually able to bike!

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