Bike Start

Bike Start is our learn to ride based clinic.

Bike riding takes three key skills:

  1. steering
  2. balancing
  3. pedaling

Learning three things at one time is not only difficult, it distracts from developing the primary skill of balancing. In our program students learn to steer and balance first, and then once they are stable and in control of the bike and their body, we add pedaling. Training wheels teach students how to ride tricycles. And although a young rider may receive some instant gratification for being on a bike and pedaling with training wheels, it can result in them taking much longer time learning and getting comfortable with balancing and being able to ride an unassisted bicycle.

We utilize Strider Balance Bikes and have the only fleet in Austin comprised of 25 bikes for youth of all ages and abilities. These bikes enable youth to learn to use their bodies to balance and control the bike as well as how to use their feet to keep themselves from falling over. This enables them to learn not just bicycle control, but body control.

We currently have twenty five [25] Strider Balance Bikes:

  • nine [9] Strider 12 bikes for riders in the 18 months – 5 years range
  • twelve [12] Strider 16 bikes for riders in the 6 years – 12 years range
  • four [4] Strider 20 bikes for riders in the 12 years – 18 years range

We can provide Bike Start programming to individuals, groups, as part of a physical education class, during after-school programming, or as a stand-alone event or component of a larger event. In general, we partner with the host school or PTA unless it is part of a larger event being managed by a third party. This can also be paired with our Bike Rodeo clinic or an open riding course.

This type of clinic is most important for elementary school (Pre K-5th grade) students but can be valuable for middle school (6th-8th grade) and high school (9th-12th grade) students as well if they need assistance learning to ride.

In addition to the learning to ride skills we can covers basic safety skills, helmet fitting, bicycle control and handling skills, and hand signals depending on the students progression.