Purrfect Pedalling cycle training

Whether you want to get fit, save some money or improve our environment, now is a great time to start cycling. Cycle lessons will help give you the confidence to make more of your journeys by bike, whether for work or leisure.




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Due to the very high level of demand during 2019 I now have a long waiting list. To help manage this I am not making further additions to the list until after Easter 2020. If you find that you still require lessons after then please do contact me and I will add you to the list and give you an indication of when you are likley to be able to start.

Most people learn to ride a bike as a child but if you didn't don't worry.... it really is never too late to start. Learning the basic skill of riding is not very difficult and when you have done this, it is something you will never forget!

Like learning to walk nobody can "teach" you to balance a bicycle but at Purrfect Pedalling we aim to considerably speed up the natural learning process. Although it will vary for each individual, most people should be up and riding after one or two lessons. After that you need to learn to control the bike - start and stop safely, turn, use the gears and deal with hills and obstacles. We find most beginners choose to have four or five lessons but you can of course stop the lessons when you want.

Our sympathetic one-to-one tuition means that you learn at your own pace without any embarrassment. Our one concern will be to get you cycling as soon as possible.

Typical Lesson Programme

A typical programme of lessons includes: beginning to balance and pedal; starting off and stopping; easy and harder turns; dealing with hills (including gears if appropriate); more advanced bike control; off-road cycling in a more typical non-circuit environment. Progression through the programme varies considerably but many people will be cycling a little in lesson 2 with further lessons dealing with improving control and confidence as outlined above.

Beginner Lessons for Children

We can also help children of all ages to cycle for the first time using the same approach - it is considerably quicker and less frustrating than spending many months using stabiliser wheels! We have a range of different bike sizes and considerable experience of helping children to get cycling, having taught several hundred. We will help your child learn in a way that is sensitive to their personality and needs. The lesson programme for children is essentially as described above but will be varied depending on the age of the child.

Children who can ride but who need a confidence and skills boost prior to school Bikeability lessons, can have tailor-made off-road sessions for this. These lessons include riding with one hand and looking behind as these are key additional lessons required for Bikeability.

There is now a MINIMUM AGE for lessons of 7/8 (that is, children who have started Year 3 at school). This is based on experience and to give priority to older children. Younger children can obviously learn to ride but their attention span is normally shorter and they benefit less from this type to of formal lesson. We suggest you try yourself and contact us if you still have problems when they are a little older. Also, for this reason, we may recommend shorter lessons for younger children of 30 or 40 minutes (which may be as part of a lesson with siblings) - see Lessons & Prices).

Children now in Year 2 children may be added to a waiting list after Easter for possible lessons during the summer holiday but will older children will be given priority until September 2020.

Please contact us for more information or to book a lesson.


last updated January 2020. All material on this website Purrfect Pedalling

Getting the most from your training

Depending on your starting ability and aims, we will select the elements of our training which are most appropriate for you. This will ensure you will get the best value from the time you decide to spend with us. It will help us to help you if you think through what you are trying to achieve from your training.


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For more information about our cycle training, email purrfectpedalling@gmail.com or text 07896 885726.

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Purrfect Pedalling supports Cyclesolihull which is a voluntary group encouraging more people to cycle in the Solihull area. Cyclesolihull produces over 50 self-guided route leaflets and organises over 100 turn-up-and-ride Community Cycle rides each year.

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