Classes

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Classes are conducted on a variety of topics and will be listed on the website as soon as they are scheduled.  

Spokes and UpOn A Bike are teaming up to present a series of lectures to get more women interested in biking.  Please watch the upcoming events for the scheduled dates.

Upon A Bike's main focus is being 'up on' a bike.  While here in the Northern Virginia the winters can be mild, odds are higher that the weather won't be accomodating to outdoor teaching.  So classes will be appearing on the schedule after the holidays so we can get rolling in the spring.  But if you would like to schedule a class for a group of three or more before then, please contact Kathy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

Examples of upcoming classes:

  • Confident Cycling Level I- A class aimed at those who haven't had a lot of experience on their bike.  We'll talk saftey and bike anatomy but spend most of the three hour class learning the basics of bike handling on the saddle.  If the class is ready, we'll head out on the road for a short group ride.
  • Confident Cycling Level II-This group has more experience riding but often is hesitant to or worried about riding in the streets.  A fact surprising to most people is that it is statistically proven that the streets are more safe than the bike/rec paths for a cyclist.  We'll discuss why, talk about where and how to ride on the road, focus on emergency handling techniques, and hit the streets to put what we talk about into action.  This is a three hour class conducted outside.
  • Traffic Saftey 101- This class is the core class encompassing the cycling curriculum from the League of American Bicyclists.  In the nine hours (spread over 2 to 4 sessions) lecture topics cover the bike and how it works, how to change a flat, cycling nutrition and clothing and a host of other topics.  Five hours is spent on our bikes doing drills and riding in the streets. 

The core of the curriculum taught by UpOn A Bike is based on the Smart Cycling program of the League of American Bicyclists.  The foundation of this program is the fact that cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as vehicles.  Why?  Because when you drive a car you are visible, predictible, and assertive.  Learning to drive your bike as you drive your car makes you, the cyclist, the same as other vehicles on the road.  Other vehicles see you when you ride in the correct position in a lane.  Traffic can flow easily around you when you are traveling a straight path or yield to you when you signal a change in your position and take the space you are entitled to on the road.  Most crashes can be avoided simply by knowing these principles and understanding why crashes can happen!

All classes are for adults 18 and older.  Also, since part of the mission of UpOn A Bike is to get more and more women riding, many of these classes will be women only sessions.  

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