About Cycle Skills and bike maintenance

Camden Cycle Skills teaches essential cycling skills for all ages and abilities, from group off-road courses, to individual training on busy roads, as well as a classes on looking after your bike. 

Anyone who lives, works or studies in Camden can register on the following for free:

  • Cycle skills for adults
  • Cycle skills for children
  • Community cycling clubs
  • Bike maintenance courses

All training follows the government Bikeability syllabus and all instructors are National Standards qualified, have received First Aid training, and hold current DBS Certificates as required for working with young or vulnerable people.

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Cycle Skills for Adults

We offer 3 courses for adults, depending on your needs and experience.

Register for a course

You can only book 1 session at a time. Please mention any special needs that the cycle instructor needs to be aware of at the time of registration. Camden instructors will adapt training to meet each person’s needs and ensure their safety.

You must give us at least 48 hrs notice of your cancellation, but please notify us as soon as possible so that we can offer your place to someone else.

Contact us at cycletraining@camden.gov.uk or call 020 7974 1451.

Level 1 - Learn to Cycle

A beginner’s course in cycling, for people who cannot cycle for over a minute without assistance. 

Training takes place in 2 lots of 90 minute sessions over 1 weekend, held at Haverstock School. Training bikes and helmets are available to borrow.

Date Time
Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th November 2018 10.30am - 12 noon
Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th November 2018 10.30am - 12 noon
Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th December 2018 10.30am - 12 noon
Saturday 15th - Sunday 16th December 2018 10.30am - 12 noon
Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th January 2019 10.30am - 12 noon
Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th January 2019 10.30am - 12 noon

Level 2 - Building Cycle Confidence

This course prepares you for riding on the road. To take this course, you must be able to ride unaided. 

Training takes place in 2 lots of 90 minute sessions over 1 weekend, held at Haverstock School. Training bikes and helmets are available to borrow.

Date Time
Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th November 2018 12.45pm - 2.15pm
Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th November 2018 12.45pm - 2.15pm
Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th December 2018 12.45pm - 2.15pm
Saturday 15th - Sunday 16th December 2018 12.45pm - 2.15pm
Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th January 2019 12.45pm - 2.15pm
Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th January 2019 12.45pm - 2.15pm

Level 3 - Urban Cycle Skills

To take this course, you must be able to cycle one-handed for 5 seconds, and also be able to stop quickly in an emergency.

Training takes place in groups of 1 or 2, and will involve cycling on quiet roads to complex junctions and busy roundabouts, depending on your individual needs. For example, you might choose to practice your route to work. Sessions are between 90 minutes and 2 hours.

You should bring your own bike, although the use of a borrowed or hired bike is also possible. You might also consider signing up to ‘Try-A-Bike’, Camden's free 4-week bike loan scheme. 

Cycle skills for children

We offer several different courses, depending on your child’s needs and experience.

Each child should bring a well-fitting bike (no stabilisers) and a helmet. Please let us know on your registration form if your child has no bike or helmet; we have small number which may be borrowed subject to availability.

Register for a course

You can only book 1 session at a time. Please mention any special needs that the cycle instructor needs to be aware of at the time of registration. Camden instructors will adapt training to meet each person’s needs and ensure their safety.

You must give us at least 48 hrs notice of your cancellation, but please notify us as soon as possible so that we can offer your place to someone else.

Contact us at cycletraining@camden.gov.uk or call 020 7974 1451.

Level 1 - Learn to Cycle

Learn how to start, stop and take charge of your bike. Aimed at children who cannot cycle for more than a few minutes without assistance.

Training takes place in 2 lots of 45 minute sessions over 2 days, held at Haverstock School during school holidays.

Date Time
Monday 18th - Tuesday 19th February 2019 10am - 10.45am
Monday 18th - Tuesday 19th February 2019 11.15am - 12 noon

Level 2 - Building Cycle Confidence

Away from traffic, children can practice the essential skills, such as signalling and stopping safely in an emergency. Aimed at children who are able to ride unassisted.

Training takes place in 2 lots of 90 minute sessions over 2 days, held at Haverstock School during school holidays.

Date Time
Monday 18th - Tuesday 19th February 2019 1pm - 2.30pm

Level 3 - Children and Families Urban Cycle Skills

This course is aimed at children and parents or guardians, teaching children to cycle safely on roads, and teaching you to lead your child safely through traffic. We require your permission for older children to take part without an accompanying adult.

To take this course, your child needs good bike control skills such as signalling, stopping in an emergency and looking behind while cycling in a straight line. All participants must have their own, roadworthy bikes.

The training will begin away from traffic, moving onto quiet roads and busier situations as appropriate. This could include your route to school. Sessions are between 90 minutes and 2 hours. 

This training is also offered under the name of ‘Bikeablity’ to many children at Camden schools, usually in years 5 or 6. Contact your school directly to find out whether it will be available to your child.

Bikeability at Schools

All primary schools in Camden are offered Bikeability training for students. 

Children in year 5 or 6 can learn road safety skills on quiet roads. Younger pupils are taught bike control skills within the school grounds. Pupils in early year groups can take part in scooter training and pedestrian skills sessions.

Schools in Camden looking for further information on Bikeability should email Richard Riddle, Road Safety Officer.

Community cycling clubs

Pedal to the People provides safe and supportive bike clubs for anyone that wants to give cycling a go: 

Pedal to the People

Every Monday (exc. Bank Holidays) 
4.30pm-6.00pm 
Cumberland Market basketball court, NW1 4DE 

Every Thursday 
4.30pm-6.00pm
St Pancras Community Association 

Bike maintenance courses

Our Essential Bike Maintenance course teaches skills for carrying out routine maintenance and simple repairs:

  • bike overview: names of parts, roadworthiness
  • tools: what's needed?
  • preventative maintenance: cleaning and lubrication
  • cycling in Comfort: adjustments for comfort and efficiency
  • tyres and Punctures: repair, tyre and wheel removal
  • brakes: different types, adjustments, replacing pads and cables
  • gears: indexing and replacing a gear cable

The course does not cover hydraulic disc brakes, hub brakes, hub gears or suspension systems.

Training takes place in an outdoor area at Haverstock School.

This course is not suitable for children. Please bring your own bicycle to work on.

Register for a course

You can only book 1 session at a time. Please mention any special needs that the cycle instructor needs to be aware of at the time of registration. Camden instructors will adapt training to meet each person’s needs and ensure their safety.

You must give us at least 48 hrs notice of your cancellation, but please notify us as soon as possible so that we can offer your place to someone else.

Contact us at cycletraining@camden.gov.uk or call 020 7974 1451.