Learn to ride! Improve your skills! Have fun! Be awesome!

Wheel Kids’ private riding lessons provide one-on-one instruction for children age 5 and up of any cycling ability. Whether your child’s goal is to master riding without training wheels or advanced-level safety skills instruction our coaches can provide an individualized program to meet your needs.

To determine your child’s riding skill level please refer to our Rider Skills Categories list.

  • Lessons typically occur on weekends or after school during weekdays.
  • Lessons occur at our Richmond Playground clubhouse, but other locations may be possible.

As with any lesson in any topic we can’t guarantee that your child(ren) will achieve all of their or your goals. Every child learns differently and every child’s outlook on bike riding is different. Our coaches are excellent in teaching skills that make bike riding easier and safer. They can’t teach a child to “want to ride” or to “like to ride.” Please be sure that your child is interested in bike riding to make the lesson more efficient and more pleasurable for your child.

Fees & Registration

  • Private lessons (one child)
    • 1 hour: $75
  • Semi-private lessons (two children)
    • 1 hour: $120 total
  • Transportation surcharge for lessons provided outside of our three locations
    • 10 – 20 miles: $20
    • 21 – 30 miles: $35
  • Payment and Participant Agreement form are required before each lesson begins.

For Novice/Beginner level riders or riders under age 9 we require a minimum of two lessons in order to account for time spent checking the bike and building rapport with your child.

See our Refunds page for information on refunds and cancellations.

Schedule

Lessons are available throughout most of the school year when we have available staff. No lessons are available from Memorial Day through the last weekend of August so we can concentrate on our summer camps.

To Register

Please follow the steps below to register, and be sure to provide us with ALL information requested in order to complete your registration.

Step One: Contact Us

To get started please email us with the following information:

  • Child(ren)’s name and age(s).
  • First and second choice date(s) and time.
  • Child(ren)’s current Skill level.
  • Desired Skill level.
  • Your preferred phone number.
  • Any behavioral issues or tactics our coach should be aware of.

We’ll contact you to schedule your lesson plan at a convenient time and location.

Step Two: Payment

Once a date and time has been established we’ll send a PayPal invoice for payment.

Please note that we cannot provide a lesson without advance payment.

Step Three: Participant Agreement

Please download, complete, and email or mail the Participant Agreement. This Agreement form also will be attached to the PayPal invoice. The Agreement form must be received before the date of the lesson.

Wheel Kids riding classes offer learn-to-ride and rider skills improvement options.

Class types, schedules, and locations vary.

Level One – Novice to Beginner Cyclist

Level One classes are for children not yet off training wheels or similar devices, or for those who still haven’t mastered independent riding. The class focuses on the fundamental skill of bicycling – balance while in motion – with a goal of getting children riding on two wheels without assistance. Once accomplished, riders will work on starting, stopping, controlled slowing and turning. This class is recommended for children 5 through 8; older children are welcome but may prefer to do one-on-one training in a private lesson.

Class time: 9:00 am – 10:45 am
Dates: NO CLASSES CURRENTLY SCHEDULED

  • Session 1: Sundays – Dates to be determined. Six classes total
  • Session 2: Sundays – Dates to be determined. Six classes total

Location: Panhandle.

Level Two – Beginner Cyclist Advancement

Level Two classes are for riders who have mastered basic bicycling balance and riding and are seeking improvements in bike handling and safety practices. This class emphasizes bike control and improved balance at various speeds, tight turns, standing on the pedals, and riding with one hand. Riders will be introduced to hand signals and longer ride opportunities. The goal of the class is for riders to acquire the skills and confidence needed to ride in a group for 2 to 5 miles and achieve the Advanced Beginner skill level necessary to join a Wheel Kids camp. The class is appropriate for ages 5 through 12, though some of the riding may challenge the endurance of 5 and 6 year olds.

Class time: 11:00 am – 12:45 pm
Dates: NO CLASSES CURRENTLY SCHEDULED

  • Session 1: Sundays – Dates to be determined. Six classes total
  • Session 2: Sundays – Dates to be determined. Six classes total

Location: Panhandle.

Registration

NO CLASSES CURRENTLY SCHEDULED

PLEASE SEE OUR PRIVATE LESSONS TAB FOR ANOTHER OPTION TO GET YOUR CHILD RIDING OR IMPROVE RIDING SKILLS

Wheel Kids preschool classes

  • focus on balance, coordination, socialization, & fun
  • promote movement and physical activity
  • are a great way to be silly and have fun
  • encourage new friendships
  • reinforce listening and learning habits
  • introduce kids to the joys of bicycling

Age

Preschool classes are for kids 2 1/2 to 5 years old. These are target age categories that correspond with the basic physical and cognitive development levels needed for the class. If your child falls outside the target age range but you feel her or his skills are appropriate for a class, please contact us to discuss enrollment options. The minimum age is 2 1/2 as of the date of the first class. Due to the age of the participants and the need for the coach to remain with the class, a parent or guardian must remain onsite during the class to help tend to restroom breaks and other temporary departures from class.

Equipment

Use our balance bikes and helmets or bring your own (balance bikes only for FreeWheelers, please). If using our balance bikes a 16″ inseam is needed so your child will fit the bike.

Activities

Most class periods include a warm-up and stretching session, skills development exercises, a free-ride and games period to get the class-wiggles out, and a cool-down story time (time permitting). The day always ends with a fab sticker or other prize.

Advancement

Like any learning process, mastery of balance and coordination may require repetition and time. We encourage our riders to stick with a particular class as long as it feels comfortable to them – the fun doesn’t end with one time through. At the end of each class we’ll provide you with an assessment of your child’s level and a recommendation for next steps.

Location

These classes are held on the playground adjacent to our clubhouse at Richmond Playground. MAP

Classes

FreeWheelers

Target age 2 1/2 – 4

Emphasis: Balance, Motion, Stability

Skills focus: starting, stopping, forward movement, gliding, steering, maintaining balance and trajectory.

FreeWheelers is the place to prepare your child for a lifetime of bicycling. It wasn’t that long ago that she learned to walk, but now it’s time to roll. This class will work on basic skills such as balancing on two wheels, starting and stopping, self-propelled forward motion, and turning. Challenges and games such as red light green light, following the playground markings, riding in circles and squares, and slalom courses will develop riders’ ability to remain upright and glide around on their balance bikes.


PeloTots

Mastery level. Target age 3 1/2 – 5

Emphasis: Pre-bicycling

Skills focus: Precision control, changing speed and direction, overcoming obstacles, hand signals.

PeloTots is the last step before a balance bike rider becomes a bicyclist. This class will expand the proficiencies gained in FreeWheelers by providing additional obstacle challenges and will introduce riders to playground-based “neighborhood” rides. These simulated scenarios help PeloTots riders understand the issues they’ll encounter while riding, from using bike lanes or paths to managing intersections to being aware of others as they ride. They’ll use games to help master one-handed riding, then use that skill to learn and apply hand signals. All of these lessons will be learned on the playground; at 5 years old, PeloTots graduates still have some time before they can comprehend the full range of challenges involved in real neighborhood riding.

Some PeloTots riders may be ready to try riding a bike with pedals as they progress through the class. Feel free to use our balance bikes, or bring your own bike (the kinds with pedals!). The emphasis of this class isn’t on learning how to ride a bike with pedals, but we’ll help any child who seems to be ready for this next step.

Schedule

Preschool classes consist of two 6-week sessions. When classes are provided you may register for as many class sessions as you like (join us once, twice, or three times a week).

Please check back for news of Fall 2016 and/or Spring 2017 class schedules.

Registration

Register for one to three sessions per week.

Cost: $120 for 6-week session.