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Bike New York indoor learn-to-ride classes
Bike New York indoor learn-to-ride classes
Bike New York

There may be snow outside, but free learn-to-ride cycling classes are conducted indoors in February by Bike New York, the organization announced this week.

The dates are Feb. 6, 11 19 on Roosevelt Island at the Sportspark. Two-hour classes begin at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. The courses are low-stress, with the emphasis on fundamental elements of cycling to those who never learned to ride or who haven’t been on a bike in a long while. Adults and mature teens must sign up in advance for the free class. They use loaner bicycles provided by Bike New York, the nonprofit educational organization that also runs the big TD Five Boro Bike Ride every May.

Each class covers:

  • Adjusting your helmet for a comfortable, effective fit
  • Balancing on a bicycle
  • Pedaling
  • Steady starting and stopping
  • Steering with control

Adults who take the class may be any age. One student, for example, described herself as "60 years young." She said even though she "never learned to ride a bike" before, "with your volunteer staff's guidance, patience and instructions, I learned the same day!"

To sign up, go to Bike New York and choose which class you would like to register for. Fill in the form and submit online.