Tuesday, May 17, 2011

How To Ride a Bike

Most of us learn to ride a bike as a child but what if you never got the chance or it never caught on. Training wheels are not really an option as an adult so here is how to learn to ride a bicycle as an adult.


  1. Get a bicycle, preferably that is a tiny bit too small for you if you can.
  2. Remove the pedals with a wrench. Most bicycle pedals take a 15 mm wrench, and the left side pedal is reverse threaded. That means "lefty loosey" is the opposite of what you require to do on the left side pedal.
  3. Drop the saddle down as low as it will go on the frame. The idea is that when you sit on the saddle, your feet can touch the ground.
  4. Discover a smooth open space. The best is a slight hill with short grass, but you don't require anything steep. You require to start at the top of the hill.
  5. Sit on the saddle along with your feet on the ground, then push off along with your feet so you are scooting along on the bicycle like on an elderly fashioned hobby horse.
  6. Don't try to steer yet, but receive a feel for the brakes.
    As you scoot and pick up speed, let your feet off of the ground. You ought to receive a feel for how to balance the bicycle after a couple of tries.
  7. One time you have the balance down, take very gentle turns to receive a feel for steering. This won't be intuitive for you, but steering comes by leaning the bicycle. Don't make sharp movements with the handlebar or you'll flop over.
  8. One time you are confident, replace the pedals, adjust your saddle to an correct height, and before you know it you'll be trackstanding and riding no handed with the best of us!


Remember start slow and build your way up and it is always a good idea (if not the law) to wear a helmet particuraly when you are starting off. Stay safe and have fun!