Fall 2011 Bicycling Classes in Northern Virginia

Adult education programs in Arlington and Fairfax Counties are separately sponsoring three cycling skills and bicycle maintenance courses taught by Allen Muchnick, a traffic cycling instructor certified by the League of American Bicyclists. Except for the 9-hour classes with Saturday sessions, all classes meet on weekday evenings from 6:30-9:30 PM.

The three courses are:

* Smart Cycling--Traffic Skills 101, the essential, comprehensive, and very practical 9-hour cycling skills course for *all* bicyclists;

* Bicycle Maintenance & Repair, a 3-hour lecture and demonstration; and

* Bicycle Mechanics Workshop, a 3-hour hands-on sequel to either course listed above.

TO REGISTER, enroll with the local course sponsor IN ADVANCE:

* Arlington Adult Education (703-228-7200 or [ http://www.arlingtonadulted.org ] ) . To view all bicycling classes, go to [ http://tinyurl.com/2dv57s ] .

* Fairfax County Adult & Community Education (703-658-1201 [or 703-658-1225] or [ https://aceclasses.fcps.edu/ ] . To view all bicycling classes, search for "bicycle" or go to [ http://tinyurl.com/3mnwcm8 ] .

For questions about the instruction, contact the instructor, Allen Muchnick, at <allenmuchnick@yahoo.com> or 703-271-0895.


Learn the craft of cycling with on-bike and classroom instruction in key cycling skills and best practices for roads, paths, and groups: equipment use and care, breakdown repairs, efficient pedaling, bike handling, training, vehicular (street) cycling, and crash prevention. Nine hours over two sessions. Bike and helmet REQUIRED at the second class session which meets on a Saturday.

* Arlington County Course, GI816A, $85 residents/$109 non-residents, seniors $65/$85: Tu, Oct 18, 6:30-9:30 PM plus Sat, Oct. 22, 9 AM-4 PM, Arlington Career Center

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. Lecture/demonstration on bike fit, breakdown repairs, and the inspection, adjustment, lubrication, and renovation of diverse components. Bike not required. One 3-hour session.

* Fairfax County Course, TI05300, $48 ($36 for resident seniors), plus $17 for optional "$25" textbook: W, Oct 19, 6:30-9:30 PM, Plum Center

* Arlington County Course, GI813C, $45 residents/$55 non-residents, seniors $35/$45: W, Nov 2, 6:30-9:30 PM, Arlington Career Center

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BICYCLE MECHANICS WORKSHOP. This self-directed, hands-on sequel to either of the above bicycle classes lets you tune up, fix, or modify your bicycle or practice inspection, maintenance, or repair procedures. Bring bike(s), supplies, and inspiration. One 3-hour session.

* Fairfax County Course, TI05301, $55 ($41.25 for resident seniors): W, Oct 26, 6:30-9:30 PM, Plum Center

* Arlington County Course, GI814C, $39 residents/$50 non-residents, seniors $29/$39: W, Nov 9, 6:30-9:30 PM, Arlington Career Center


Allen Muchnick
League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling Instructor (LCI) #538
Arlington VA