Bicycle Climb

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Level 2


Bicycle Climb Aerial Silks Intermediate Climbs Video Tutorial
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Bicycle Climb looks so simple, but many students find it tricky to get the tensions right on the silks when they’re first learning. It’s an elegant climb that can also be very efficient when it’s mastered. We teach this climb at the beginning of our intermediate level aerial silks classes, once students have mastered easier climbs like Basic Climb, Russian Climb, Boot Climb, and more.

To master Bicycle Climb requires a great sense of fabric management and the correct footwork and legwork to get the supports right. This climb is often used in choreography because it is so classic. Mastering this climb helps students eventually working on toe climbs and it also gives students more style choices in the air.

Become an Aerial Fit Online member to access the video for Bicycle Climb. This in-depth video will explain how to properly train this skill. It also includes cross references to the most important Building Blocks, Common Mistakes, Related Drills, Ground Drills, Variations, Next Steps and Sequences.

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Building Blocks & Prerequisites

Some of the most important aerial silks skills, related movements, and prerequisites from our aerial video tutorial library that students should be very comfortable doing to succeed at Bicycle Climb.

Teaching Tools

Common Mistakes & Solutions

These are the most common mistakes we see with students when they are learning how to do the aerial silks skill Bicycle Climb and detailed directions on how to fix these problems to make the skill look and feel easy.

Related Aerial Drills

These similar aerial silks skills and aerial drills are helpful to troubleshoot and help with problems. Students don't need to have mastered the Bicycle Climb to work on these related skills and drills. These drills may help your students make important connections and answer the question "What am I doing wrong?".

Ground Drills for Aerialists

These are some of our favorite ground drills for aerialists for Bicycle Climb. They can be used as part of the ground warm up or as part of the aerial class teaching progression.

Aerial Silks Variations

These are different variations of Bicycle Climb. Students should be very comfortable with the current skill before working on these different or more advanced variations. They can be used for further exploration, managing students with different levels and adding variety to aerial silks choreography.

Planning Ahead

Next Steps

These are the next steps we teach to our aerial silks students after they’re comfortable with Bicycle Climb. The next steps can be started right away and they lead toward specific future goals which are often the most advanced aerial silks skills.

Future Goals

These are some of the more advanced silks skills that build on the strength and control taught in Bicycle Climb. They are not the next immediate steps, but rather long term planning goals.


Aerial Silks Sequences, Transitions and Combinations

These are aerial silks sequences, transitions, and combinations that include the aerial skill Bicycle Climb. They are fun, creative, and challenge sequences from our aerial video tutorial library.

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