Dates Pending – Stay tuned, we’ll be adding additional classes soon!
Basics of Better Bicycling (novice to intermediate)
Looking to start cycling for transportation or fitness? Sixty percent of Americans are interested but concerned about bike commuting. We can calm those concerns. This two hour class will save you two years of trial-and-error! You don’t even need a bike for this intro class. Arrive ready to learn for this classroom style session.
Bike Skills for Women (novice to intermediate)
Women represent 51% of the US population and 43% of people riding bikes. This course is tailored for women to address theories relating to fashion, fear, and economics. This three hour class consists of a one hour classroom workshop covering topics such as how to fix a flat, pre-ride checklist, and rules of the road. We then spend two hours in an outdoor skills clinic where students hone their bike handling skills on their own bikes. Please bring a bicycle in good working order, a helmet, and appropriate footwear.
Parking Lot to Peloton (novice to intermediate)
Nervous about that first big tour or charity cycling event? This class will prepare you for the experience starting from the parking lot to get you and your bike ready to confidently roll on to the roadways with a group in just two hours. Please bring a bicycle in good working order, a helmet, and appropriate footwear.
Group Riding 201 (advanced)
Now you want to ride confidently in the group. Why do some groups roll so tightly, safely and confidently while others are all over the road? It comes down to about 10 principles handed down from European clubs that many experienced riders never learn. Please bring a bicycle in good working order, a helmet, and appropriate footwear.
Intro to Racing (advanced)
Ready to rip? Climbing, cornering, and sprinting are just some of the skills taught in this clinic. This class also harps on staying safe at any speed. There will be discussion on training, diet, and tactics. Even if you never pin on a number this class can vastly improve any rider's skill set. Please make sure to bring a bicycle in good working order, a helmet, and appropriate footwear. This class will include instruction both on and off the bike.
Why do some group rides roll down the road in neat, tight lines with minimal anger from cars while too many group rides run in a fashion that is ragged, rude and chaotic? The answer is in the leadership of those rides. There are some methods honed by the best European clubs to conduct a group ride in a manner that is safe, courteous and legal. And those rides also provide a fun cycling experience hard to match when riding alone. Instructors will de-code those methods of group ride leadership. This course begins in a parking lot and then rolls along country roads.
Registration: $15 for MassBike members, $25 for non-members
Class Length: 2 hours
Requirements: Properly functioning road bicycle, cycling shoes and pedals, and helmet
Instructor: MassBike Executive Director Richard Fries
Richard Fries has been cycling since the 1970s. Having raced at the professional level, he also has worked as a cycling journalist,event promoter, and coach. Fries is best known as a race announcer, having provided live commentary for dozens of national championships, World Cups, and world championship events. Fries is also a strong bicycle advocate. Since 2015 he has served as the executive director of MassBike. He lives in Lexington along - you guessed it - a bike path with his wife and three children.