Cycle training and maintenance
New – fix your own bike
Hire some space to work on your ride!
Want to work on your own bike but don't have the space or the tools? If you live, work or study in H&F you can now hire some space to fix your own bike at the Bikeworks WEST training centre. The centre has 10 bike stands and tools, and if you book a space you can work on your bike for an hour for FREE. You need to book though.
This programme is being sponsored by Hammersmith & Fulham and The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and is free for residents of both boroughs.
You will need proof of address and photo ID to register on you first visit and photo ID is required for each subsequent visit.
To book your place visit the Bikeworks website.
FREE group cycle training lessons in schools
We offer national-standards cycle training to our primary schools' year five and six pupils, and to pupils in secondary schools. Two instructors take groups of up to 12 pupils. The School Travel Plan (STP) MUST be up to date to qualify for this offer.
- children who take part, and pass the test at the end, will be awarded a Bikeability certificate and badge;
- in order that we can meet demand from as many of our schools as possible, please book as early in the school year as possible. If additional funding becomes available schools can apply for subsequent courses;
- the courses help towards achieving targets set out in STPs and are only available to schools with up-to-date STPs; if you want to check whether your STP is up to date, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 8753 3344
For further information and to book cycle training at your school:
Scooter training: We don’t offer scooter training, because there is no evidence that scooting is any more hazardous than walking. Providing scooter training could give the wrong impression that scooting is a hazardous activity, possibly resulting in some parental decisions not to allow children to use scooters. This would be a highly undesirable outcome.
FREE 1-2-1 cycle training for adults
Free 1-2-1 cycle training is available for adults living, working or studying in Hammersmith & Fulham. The sessions deliver private tuition in safe, confident road cycling and are arranged at a date, time and place to suit you and are tailored to your level of experience. See some glowing testimonials at the bottom of this page.
We take a £5 payment by PayPal on booking, which is refunded when you complete the training that you have booked. This is to deter people from booking then not attending.
- a two-hour one-to-one cycle training session for anyone who lives, works or studies in the borough
- bikes can be provided for complete beginners
- female and male instructors will train anywhere in Hammersmith & Fulham
- possibility of lesson for adult with child, eg to learn how to cycle safely to school with your child.
Basic cycle skills
Learn to cycle with a free session tailored to you. You'll practice in a safe, off-road environment with a fully qualified instructor. In a session you'll learn the basics, build skills and gain confidence to navigate around your local area.
Urban cycle skills
Improve your cycling skills with a free session tailored to you. You'll start in a safe off-road environment to refresh your cycling technique and develop new skills before moving on to practice on quiet roads. Your instructor will support you throughout to help you cycle with more confidence.
Advanced cycle skills
Perfect your cycling techniques with a free one-to-one session from a fully qualified trainer. Improve your performance when dealing with complex junctions, heavy traffic or cycling at night and receive assurance that you are cycling efficiently and effectively.
Family cycle skills
Gain confidence and learn skills to cycle as a family with a free family cycling session. In the session a qualified instructor will teach you how to cycle with children, using quiet routes and parks. These sessions offer the opportunity to build on, or prepare for, Bikeability skills taught in schools.
Or phone 020 8980 7998 if you want more information.
FREE bike maintenance courses
We run free cycle maintenance courses for people who live or work or study in Hammersmith & Fulham, because basic knowledge about how to maintain your bike is essential for keeping your bike roadworthy and staying safe on the road. We don’t want people giving up cycling just because they don’t know how to fix their first puncture!
Choice of venue: Cycle maintenance courses are held at:
- the Macbeth adult education centre in Hammersmith - course details and booking information
- the Bikeworks base in Maxilla Walk (access via Landsdowne Close) W10 6NQ - further details and online booking can be found on the Bikeworks website. We take a £5 payment by PayPal on booking, which is refunded when you complete the training that you have booked. This is to deter people from booking then not attending.
Adult cycle training testimonials
- I really enjoyed the session and have recommended it to lots of friends and colleagues.
- I couldn't quite believe the progress I made in just one session. Just wish it had been longer. But thank you regardless! It felt like a treat.
- I was unable to cycle at all. In the two hours I learned how to balance and basic technique.
- The whole thing was great, the trainer was perfect, there was a large emphasis on my safety, which is I exactly what I wanted.
- The trainer was very good - she was a nice person and was very accommodating.
- The instructor was amazing and really helped with my confidence on the bike. I will now use that to continue my cycling.
- A wonderful project, with a lovely, able and patient instructor who did not seem to mind that I never cycled before.
- Training was helpful and made me clear about how to cycle more assertively and confident of what I was expected and entitled to do on the road.
- Booking session was simple and easy. Instructor was good and helpful. The training session was very helpful but not enough as just managed to cycle few metres. Wish I could have more sessions that would boost my confidence.
- I only completed the first stage of cycle training and will be having further training soon. The trainer was very informed and knowledgeable and gave me lots of useful tips on looking after the bike and going back to basics on the bike.
- Cycle training was fantastic and really improved my skills and confidence, the instructor tailored the session to meet my needs and ability.