The 1:1 Magic Hour


*** COVID-19 UP DATE JANUARY 4th 2021***




Magic Hours during Lockdown and the current Tier system…ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED πŸ‘Š
I am continuing to work in all my four schools during the week
Under the new guidelines i come under the umbrella of teaching/education and youth work, which is permitted on a 1:1 basis.
You are also permitted to meet up with one other, from an other household, for exercise.
More importantly this is a fantastic milestone for your little person to achieve, not only for their physical health but also mental health during these strange times x
I have discussed the guidelines with my Covid Matron wife and Infection Control Lead sister and feel very comfortable with my decision x
I am very grateful too, to Mrs Mortimer, Headteacher at Saltergate Schools, who has given me her blessing to continue to use the school grounds ❀️
always a but…
her only request is that you, the parents/guardians and children, do not enter the school for now, to use the facilities… ie you need to go for a wee before you set off… that includes you too dads πŸ˜‚
Remember this is all done outside…
*On recommendation from my wife i will be wearing a proper mask as opposed to a mask/face covering.
*Parents, please bring a face covering with you incase you need to wear one, but tbh we, the adults, are socially distanced all of the time
*Face covering for your child is your choice, but to be fair they are normally quite quiet at the start (read terrified) so aerosol from them is normally only when they are bezzing round the playground, screeching with delight on 2 wheelsπŸ‘ and i’m well out of the way by then ❀️
*We will all sanitise hands at the start AND end of your Magic Hour
*Bikes will be wiped down between Magic Hours
*If i am wearing fingerless gloves, i have 6 pairs, one pair for each lessonπŸ‘
If you are one of the 60 families booked in during lockdown, you should have received two text messages to date
You will receive another a couple of days prior to your lesson to check you are still ok to continue
If you do not feel comfortable attending during lockdown, i totally understand and we can rearrange once the dust has settled…all i ask is that you let me know asap and dont just not turn up x
Obviously if you are showing symptoms and or are having to self isolate, then please let me know and again, we will reschedule
This is a fluid situation and things/guidelines/Boris can change his mind very quicklyπŸ™ˆ
But for now…
Magic Hours are GO.
Not only for our Magic Hour but all the time ❀️
Keep safe all and finger crossed we are all winning at bike riding very soon…
the winner being the one who had the most fun x”

Magic Hours are held throughout the year on pretty much every Saturday and Sunday, along with extra sessions during the school jollies …Β xx


…the 1:1 Magic Hour is just that. An hours 1:1 tuition that will set your little person off on a life of 2 wheeled fun and adventure πŸ™‚

No matter what their age or size, if you/they have never ridden a bike, then forget about the stabilisers and or a balance bike…Β  come along for some 1:1 tuition and i WILL get you/them riding proper πŸ™‚


Every child who could balance prior to their lesson, not only have i got them to ride, but i can normally get them setting off and stopping on their own, using brakes too… balance is critical and a huge help… the more they can balance the more time it leaves me to do my magic. A non balancer isnt the end of the world, as i can teach that too with my Magic, one of a kind, balance bike…Β it just means i may need a second lesson to get them up and riding proper πŸ™‚

If your little person is too big for a young child’s balance bike or you simply don’t have one, fret not πŸ™‚Β  simply take the pedals (and stabilisers, which you must throw in the bin πŸ™‚ ) off their own bike/a bike that fits, drop the saddle, pump up the tyres nice and hard and get bombing along with those feet in the air… or come and see me… i’ll hopefully/should get them balancing within the hour and save you from a weeks supply of back ache πŸ˜‰

Make sure the bike is not too big, the saddle is at it lowest so they can get their feet firmly flat on the floor and practice going down a gentle slope…trying on the flat/going up hill wont help, as speed is their friend so gravity will give them a helping hand πŸ™‚

To remove pedals, when stood on either side of the bike, you loosen them off by turning to the back of the bike, no matter what side you are on…so on the chain side you turn anticlockwise, on the non chain side, clockwise πŸ™‚ x

how to take your pedals off

Guaranteed madness, mayhem and a stack of fun for all our cycling superstars of the future…


Due to the nature of tuition when learning to ride with pedals it has to be a case of 1:1 as everyone learns at different rates… (balance is slightly different and i can do in little groups πŸ™‚ ) and of all those who could balance prior, all but one have gone from balance bike to pedaling within the hour πŸ™‚ (my only failure was a little girl who refused to pedal. She came back for a second lesson and i think, after a few “words” from mummy and daddy the night before, she did pedal this time and was riding within about 5 minutes πŸ˜‰ )

AΒ  Magic Hour session is Β£35.

Its all done here during the holidays and at weekends πŸ™‚

Saltergate Junior School directions

1:1 Magic hours are held during school holidays (when Molly and Maisie care permits) and pretty much most weekends throughout the year…and there’s never bad Yorkshire weather by the way… just poor clothing choice πŸ˜‰

On the day, bring your little persons bike without stabilisers and their helmet … again, dont fret if you dont have one/neither… training is done on my full range of Wild bikes from Go Outdoors and i have helmets πŸ™‚

I will advise you on the practicality of your child’s bike and help you with any questions with regards a new bike you may want to get them πŸ™‚

Once they can ride… don’t do what i did once …


i was in sooo much trouble, but was soon back in the good books though…

maisieSorry again Maisie B πŸ™‚ xx

…and yes i know, no helmet!!! but twas soft grass πŸ˜‰

So if it’s tantrums, arguments, stress and back ache you are trying to avoid/had enough of, please do get in touch and let me work my magic and i’ll let you concentrate on planning the adventures to be had πŸ™‚

In the first instance, please get in touch via the contacts page to check availability, which can be found here