Bicycling skills

Learning basic skills and techniques can make your ride more fun. You’re never too old to learn how to ride a bike, or refine your skills!

Knowing basic bicycling skills and techniques can make you a more confident rider and improve your experience. The series of Smart Cycling videos from the League of American Bicyclists is a great resource for learning biking skills for common scenarios. Check out the videos below.

Shifting gears

Starting and stopping




Basic bike check

Lane changing

Intersection positioning

Bike lanes

Traffic laws

Riding on the sidewalk

Sharing the trail

Some organizations offer in-person classes that teach bicycling skills. Classes are offered by the American Bicycle Education Association's CyclingSavvy program and by the League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling program offered through the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota's education program.