FAQ

What is your cancellation policy?

There are no cancellation charges when done 48 hours before lesson commences. Cancellation after 48 hours before lessons commences will incur charges of $60 per hour unless under extenuating circumstances.

Can you coach a child with special needs?

Yes! We have been successful with coaching kids with ADD, ADHD, Autism (Mild Spectrum), Aspergers (Psychomotor), MID (Mild Intellectual Disability), etc. Please feel free to ask about specific challenges. Often times, we will engage the help of parents to maintain a level of prescribed practise as we progress from lesson to lesson. We regularly conduct lessons in APSN schools too.

I am really bad with balance. I have tried many times to learn unsuccessfully. Can I still succeed?

Yes! Everyone can learn (Caveat would be students with special needs). The approach is a step by step process with small incrementally layered motor developments.

Do you guarantee results?

Come join us with the right attitude towards learning, motivation and mindset and we will ensure that you will succeed with the prescribed structure. The only stumbling block to learning with this approach is commitment to the process and committing to the time to do it!

Is Cycle School Singapore accredited?

Yes! The primary coach (myself) is accredited with the following. Please feel free to ask for references.
Singapore Coach Excellence Program Integrated Level 1 (Cycling) by Sport Singapore and Singapore Cycling Federation
Values and Principles in Sports by Singapore Sports and MOE
Singapore Cycle Safe Trainer Level 1 & 2 by Singapore Cycling Federation
Basic Sports Science by Republic Polytechnic
Professional Mountain Bike Instructors by PMBIA
First Aid, CPR & AED by SFATC

Can I bring my own bicycle?

Yes of course you can. In fact this is highly recommended if the personal bicycle is sized correctly.

Is the training bicycle provided?

Yes. A training specific bicycle will be provided that will be sized according to each and every student accordingly. The key to learning effectively is to have the correct tools and instructions. Every student is different and may need various bicycles to master the basics of balance.

Do I need to bring safety gear?

The technique employed is exceptionally safe. Despite that basic safety gear will be provided for adults. Kids will need to have their own as it is very predictable that they are quick learners and get very aggressive really quick on 2 wheels. (Ah the beauty of being young and invincible!)

What should I wear during lessons?

Shoes are required. A comfortable top and shorts or exercise pants / tights for ladies. Padded cycling tights are especially recommended to keep away that expected bum sore. Yes you will be experiencing some level of bum sore as your body adjusts to being on a bicycle saddle with the exception of those who regularly cycle on tandems or have regular spin classes at the gym. Strictly no CROCS.

What age is the oldest person you have coached?

The oldest student we have coached is 67 and she is enjoying every moment of it now.

Am I too old to learn to cycle or balance?

You are never too old to learn. With the structure used, learning is as simple as following instruction.

How young can they start?

Kids are never too young to start learning how to ride a bicycle. The only limitation is muscle development for cycling which can be developed with guided self practise. (Some fun homework for the kiddos and bonding time with parents)

Who are the cycling lesson coaches?

Our coaches highly experienced from years of coaching kids and adults how to cycle and certified by Sports Singapore SG-Coach (formerly known as Singapore Sports Council). They are also part of the National Registry of Coaches (NROC) and have hands on experience with school coaching environment including students with special needs. Rest assured, the students will be in good hands while participating in cycling lessons.

How is the cycling lessons conducted?

The cycling lessons employs the tried and established balance model. This approach ensures that the student develops the necessary motor skills, muscle memory and conditioning for balance before moving on to the pedals.

Can the cycling lessons be conducted at a location of our choosing?

Yes it can be arranged at an alternate space. The most effective way to learn is to minimise variables in both the environment and tools used in the process. So recommend Tiong Bahru as the space is predictable and a range of bicycles for students to learn on is provided. Everyone needs a different approach. We do travel, bearing in mind the above factors, travel time is chargeable as per lesson fees.
An ideal location would be a sheltered space with level ground, ideally the size of a basketball court or larger. Public parks and park connectors are sub-optimal for several reasons:
Probable non-flat ground
Hazards from members of public
Hazards from static obstacles
Hazards from the heat or rain
Distraction from members of public and stationary obstacles
Distraction and fear resulting from a narrow space. This results in students inability to focus on the task at hand due to worrying about running off the limited physical and psychological space.

Can the cycling lessons be combined into a 2 hour session?

Yes it can be under request and is only recommended for students 7 years of age and above. Note that there will be exhaustion and bum sore at the end of the first hour.

What if we do not learn in the 2 lessons?

It’s a 2 coaching hours structure where the student has to meet an objective for the first hour. If not met the student can self practise on their own or come by for bike rental only to practise. Once objective is met then they move to hour 2. Some do learn within 1 hour. Some may take a little more time than others and should be given the space to develop in a stress free environment. It is a fun lifelong skill after all. In addition this approach minimises cost!

Why is the lesson only an hour long?

Based on extensive experience coaching hundreds of kids in the past, a child’s focus during cycling lessons declines within 45 minutes. The first 15-30 minutes is the most critical period of the session where curiosity and interest will develop into a fun outlook. After an hour, concentration, energy and learning capacity severely declines leading to diminishing returns in advancing cognitive and gross motor development. The level of concentration also varies with age, with younger kids under 6 years of age being more prone to distractions than older ones at  6 years of age and above. Schools keep class periods to an hour for the same reasons.

Cognitive development through play

Developing cognitive motor skills for kids
From sitting up on their own to throwing a ball, children gradually develop the physical skills needed for their adult lives. Physical development includes both growth and the ability to use muscles and body parts for particular skills. Both gross (large muscle movements) and fine (small movements) motor skills contribute to physical development, and children often learn a set of skills by a certain age. If you are worried your child is not meeting these developmental milestones by the recommended age, you can engage your child in some physical activities to reach these goals.
Play sports and enjoy outdoor activities. Teach your child to ride a bike or a tricycle when age-appropriate.
Confidence
A young child with weak gross motor skills feels uncoordinated and incompetent in physical activities, such as playground games. He may avoid those activities that require gross motor skills, according to Rae Pica, children’s physical education specialist, in an article for the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Avoiding those activities means fewer opportunities to catch up on gross motor skills. He may also feel left out and miss out on socializing time with his peers.
Physical Activity
Since gross motor skills involve large movements of the body, developing these skills means your child is moving around and getting exercise. Getting him hooked on physical activity at an early age means he’s more likely to be an active adult, which means a healthier body as he gets older. In the meantime, your active preschooler who engages his whole body strengthens his bones and muscles, according to KidsHealth.
Optimizing Early Brain and Motor Development Through Movement
Preschoolers should be give a wide variety of movement experiences that require coordinating body movements with visual information. Preschoolers can also be introduced to activities that elevate the heart rate. Experiences with outdoor play equipment stimulate movement exploration and creative play.
In addition to developing the motor system and laying the foundation for a positive attitude about physical activity, early childhood programs are finding that movement is a very effective learning medium for the young child. Through the use of movement experiences, educators can stimulate problem-solving abilities, critical thinking, and reinforce a variety of academic concepts. As interpreted from the work of Robert Sylwester (1995), author of A Celebration of Neurons, such experiences aid learning and retention by creating a multidimensional mental model of the experience. This is a concept that is certainly not new, but unfortunately appears to have had little impact in early childhood programming.
Contact us for group learning or personalized coaching activities for children and let them develop through being a child….