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Our Programs

TYPES OF PROGRAMS & RIDER LEVELS

AT A GLANCE

Types of Instruction We Offer

Pedaling Minds provides 6 levels of riding instruction for our camps and clinics. Whether your first learning to pedal, getting off the training wheels, or ready to learn the rules of the road or do some trail riding. Pedaling Minds is there every step of the way.

The information below can help guide you as to what level to choose for the rider. Everyone develops their skills at their own pace and comfort. If you have questions about what level is best to choose, contact us and we can answer all your questions.

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Scroll down to learn more about the rider levels.

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Levels 1 & 2

Learn to Pedal & Rookie Riders

Ages 5+
L1: Connecting the dots to finding our pedals and building self confidence
  • Have no experience with a bicycle whatsoever
  • Have experience with training wheels or strider type bicycles
  • May be fearful / hesitant / emotional
  • Struggle to hold their balance on a bike
L2: Getting used to pedaling, early control and the joy of riding
  • Can pedal or barely pedal but use their feet to stop or have trouble stopping
  • May be fearful / hesitant / emotional
  • Have slow reaction times
  • Have a hard time starting or weave excessively while riding
  • May struggle to get on or off their bike confidently

Join us for some fun conquering pedals and our fears. This is perfect for you If you don’t know how to start, pedal, or stop on your own. At your pace with personalized tips and tricks from the coaches, you’ll gain control of your bicycle, tame your fears, and be riding in no time! Many parents are surprised at how much the kids progress in this camp. As a beginner adult you will be excited to see just how much your confidence grows after this level.

Levels 3 & 4

Novice & Intermediate Riders

Ages 6+
L3: Strengthening bike handling and control
  • Can start, pedal and stop on their own
  • Cannot stand while pedaling
  • Cannot shift their gears or ride one handed
  • Feels uneasy riding downhill or over obstacles
L4: Developing awareness beyond the bike
  • Stand and pedal, accelerate, control speed downhill & stop suddenly
  • Can shift their gears and ride one handed
  • May feel uneasy/unstable riding on beginner/intermediate dirt trails
  • Lacks situational awareness with other riders, pedestrians, or cars

You can pedal and ride a bicycle, that’s awesome! But can you ride one-handed, stop suddenly at a red light, ride in a group, or ride off road? If not, you belong in this level! Our courses include traffic lights and stop signs where you can learn to control your bike and your mind in challenging situations. We do all of this in the safety of a parking lot. And if everyone is feeling stable and confident, we’ll go out on trails together for some serious fun.

Levels 5 & 6

Proficient & Independent Riders

Ages 8+
L5: Introduction to trail rides both dirt and paved
  • Experience riding in varying terrains paved/dirt
  • Overall good control of bike: stand, shift, accelerate, stop
  • Has situational awareness & communication skills for other riders, pedestrians or cars
  • Can ride 5-10 miles in a group
L6: Confidently riding where we want!
  • Experience riding varied terrain, busy paved to more advanced dirt trails
  • Can maneuver their bike readily and without hesitation or help
  • Has good trail/road etiquette with other trail users or drivers
  • Can ride  10-20 miles in a group

Do you know how to ride a bike and want to go on some riding adventures? Let’s explore trails and learn to overcome the unexpected. There are endless routes to take in this camp. The only thing standing in our way is how far we can go. Riding on paved and unpaved trails, we’ll pick a location, learn how to read maps, navigate traffic on the trails and roadway intersections, change a flat tire, ride to the bike parks, and maybe even get ice cream or get our feet wet in a stream. There are countless surprises along the way and loads of fun.

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