Get on your bike: free cycle training for #Manchester residents

MCFly co-editor Arwa Aburawa decides to learn to ride a bike…
Recently, after some coaxing by my MCFly co-editor that I just hurry up and get myself a bike, I attended the level 1 adult cycling training at Bike Right. I was lucky enough to get the trainer Lucy to myself for the whole two hours as it appears no-one else had booked for the session. She got me kitted up very quickly and took me to the nearby park to get started straight away. After gauging my cycling experience she talking me through the very basics such as getting on the bike in a more lady-like manner, setting off on my bike, standing up, signalling and also looking behind me on the bike. She also talked me through the gears and the basic components of a bike. I was really impressed with how encouraging she was and her advice about not over-thinking it all put me at easy and so it all came more naturally that way.
At the end of the two-hour session, which literally flew by, I was feeling a lot more confident about my cycling ability and I am already sorting out ways to keep me practising. I am also planning to re-attend the course in a couple of weeks to check up on my progress. It was pretty simple to book the session. They sent me an email explaining how to get to the centre via public transport and text me two days before to confirm I was still coming along. I also got a free cycling map at the end of the session!
Did I mention that this course is completely free? Well, it’s free and you can also go along to each of the training levels a maximum of three times which means you can build up your skills at your own pace.
PS I did an “advanced” training session, which was one-to-one.  Extremely knowledgeable, organised and useful.  We went and tackled a couple of roundabouts that have been giving me the heebie-jeebies.  I cannot recommend the BikeRight training strongly enough. Marc Hudson

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