Athens, Ohio
(740) 594-9944

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Bicycling Instruction

Build Your Skill Set, Gain Confidence and Ride More Safely

Would you like to feel more confident on your bike? Athens Bicycle co-owner Meredith Erlewine offers a variety of lessons and clinics to help you take your riding to the next level.

Perhaps you haven't been on a bike in years and want to start riding again. Or, you have been riding regularly but want to feel more confident riding in groups on the road, with traffic, or on technical terrain in the woods. Meredith has the experience and know-how to meet you where you are in the bicycling learning curve and help you get to where you want to go.

Road Bike / Hybrid Bike Skills Instruction

Southeast Ohio offers many bike paths, roads, charity rides and tours for all levels of cyclists. Lessons and clinics for beginner and intermediate riders interested in riding roads and paths can include the following topics:

  • Starting and stopping/dismounting
  • Braking
  • Descending
  • Climbing
  • Shifting
  • Body position
  • Riding in a group
  • Riding in traffic
  • Bike handling on different road surfaces
  • What to carry on a ride

Mountain Bike Skills Instruction

MTB Skills ClinicOur region is home to many popular off-road trail systems. Shorten the mountain bike learning curve by practicing tried-and-true techniques that will set you up for success riding in the woods. Lessons and clinics for beginner and intermediate riders interested in learning to mountain bike can include the following topics:

  • Body position
  • Braking
  • Steering
  • Shifting
  • Climbing
  • Descending
  • Cornering
  • Switchbacks
  • What to carry on a ride


One-on-One Skills Coaching, Road or Mountain*

  • $30/hour
  • Add up to 3 people to your lesson for an additional $20/hour per person
  • We will work in parking lots and grassy areas on a variety of skills drills
  • Consider scheduling time for a ride with Meredith afterward to practice your skills on the road or in the woods
  • E-mail Meredith for more information or to schedule a lesson.


Less formal than a lesson. We will hop on the bikes and do a ride together. I'll observe your body position and riding style, providing feedback and helping you practice corrections when necessary. This is also a great time to ask any burning questions you have about bicycling in general.

  • $30/hour
  • E-mail Meredith for more information or to schedule a lesson.

Group Skills Clinics*

Schedule a half-day or full-day skills clinic for groups of 5 or more. Price is $30-$60 per person depending on group size and clinic duration.

*Rates are for local instruction (Athens area). Private lessons at additional locations are available for a slightly higher fee.

Meredith ErlewineMeredith Erlewine has been hooked on bikes since 1991. In addition to being a writer/editor and a mom, she and her husband own Athens Bicycle. She is an experienced road cyclist and mountain biker, and has competed in mountain bike races at the expert level since 1999. She has stood atop the podium at West Virginia's Wild 100, 24 Hours of Big Bear and 24 Hours of Snowshoe, and is a past winner of the WVMBA Ultra Series. Meredith loves to help people discover what they are capable of doing with their minds, bodies and bicycles. She has been guiding mountain bike tours since 2002, is an IMBA-Certified Level 2 Skills Instructor, and has completed the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycling 123 training program, focused on teaching cyclists how to ride safely on streets and with traffic.

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4 W. Stimson Ave., Athens OH
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