Get fenders, if you plan to ride in the rain. it will feel more dangerous at first, but you will learn fast and have a usable bike far longer. Best of luck posted by Thug at 11:36 AM on March 21, 2016
1. Go to a gym and ride a stationary bike to see what it is like. 2. Get a regular bike, find a nice wide open space where the ground isn't slippery or sandy. You can ride on grass which will make falling more likely but less painful, or take your changes on a hard surface like a blacktop parking lot or a big driveway. 3.
I learnt to ride on a full sized BMX bicycle and there were no training wheels that big available, so someone in my family would help me get on the bike, and then for the first ten minutes or so, someone held the bike from the back, while I slowly pedaled and learnt how to balance, then they'd start me up and let go, Later in the day I just needed help learning how to stop and start.
Meh. I never learned to ride a bike and, despite some teasing from my friends in college, it never really affected me all that much. If I wanted to go somewhere I'd walk or take the bus. If, in the future, he wants to learn how to ride, it won't be that much harder than learning as a younger kid.
I have never taught anyone about bicycle riding, and it's been long enough since I learned that it just feels like instinct to me. Girlfriend has been asking about learning to ride for awhile now, so we're going to give it a go when the weather warms up a bit.
b) Learn how to remain upright in a traffic-free area, as the above posters recommended. c) Helmet. d) I knew how to ride a bike, but city riding terrified me. This book more or less fixed that. The 'spotlight review' at the moment is mine, by the way - amazon user 'neurotome'. e) Coolmax and Lycra improved my cycling experience considerably.
I don't know about NYC, but I just learned how to ride a bike a year & a half ago (I'm 31), and the bike that I was finally able to learn on was the electra townie. Super-comfortable, and I don't freak out about losing my balance.
I did this! I learned to ride a bike at 28. Like asperity suggested, I took an 'adult learn to ride' class via my local bicycle coalition. That got me 50% of the way there (I am bad at learning physical skills), so I borrowed an old beater bike from someone and practiced on my own.
And a bicycle with training wheels that he had ridden three, maybe four times. Last Thursday he said, "I can ride a bike without training wheels." We said, "Oh really?" Considering his history of not riding anything we were, uh, skeptical. So I took him to the playground, took the wheels off and damn if he didn't get on the bike and ride around.
I learned to ride at 26 and I now work part time at a bike shop and ride way more than I could have ever imagined. So yes, regular people really do learn to ride as adults. When I started practicing how to ride a bike, I would give myself a hard limit of ten minutes per session.
I second the advice given already given here. Obviously, it depends on the kind of bike you have, bigger bikes with windshields/fairings are easier to ride on the highway but more cumbersome to ride in general and difficult to learn on, and smaller bikes on the highway are not a whole lot of fun in my opinion, more terrifying than anything.
Hey, I didn't learn to ride a bike until I was 18, so I know where you're coming from! My recommendation: if you know anyone who has a bike, ask to practice with their bike for a while. When I learned to ride, my friends took me out to a parking lot and let me practice riding for a couple hours until I got the hang of it.
Riding a bike is definitely doable, though I would say that you could take it further and learn how to safely ride on trails, how to take it on public transportation, a basic maintenance class, how to safely ride on the streets, basic first aid, etc. It's really not necessarily that strenuous, but it's a useful skill to have.
The best bike skill you can learn is to ride a stright line. Many riders weave side to side as they pedal, which makes travel on mixed-use bike paths or roads with cars hazardous. Draw a chalk line on the road and try to stay on it.
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For maintenance, let me recommend you Bicycle Tutor. Now, then, that said, that pictured cycle is a good lookin' bike. Hell, if I rode a cycle like that, I'd want to put on a shirt and tie every ride. posted by Fiasco da Gama at 5:39 AM on September 8, 2008
Learning how to get on and off of a bicycle with the seat at the right height can be a bit intimidating for an adult, probably mostly because it feels odd trying to learn a new skill related to something as seemingly easy as riding a bicycle. However, if your coworker is interested in riding frequently, it is absolutely essential.
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I ride a low-end cruiser and I think you'll want a budget of about $400, which might get you a basket, too, if there's a sale. You definitely want to go to a bike store, because a lot of choosing a bike is fit--how long are your arms compared to your torso, your legs, etc.
3- Get a bike. Make friends with smart, safe-riding motorcyclists that don't do dumb stuff, and watch what they do. Learn from them and ask questions. 4- Ride, ride, ride. Ride to work, and ride in the country on weekends. Ride a lot and take advanced rider courses. 5- Some important and simple safety rules: