- Get a bike, preferably one that's just a little too small for you if you can.
- Remove the pedals with a wrench. Most bike pedals take a 15 mm wrench, and the left side pedal is reverse threaded. That means "lefty loosey" is the opposite of what you need to do on the left side pedal.
- 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.
- Find a reasonably smooth open space. The best is a slight hill with short grass, but you don't want anything steep. You want to start at the top of the hill.
- Sit on the saddle with your feet on the ground, then push off with your feet so you're scooting along on the bike like on an old fashioned hobby horse.
- Don't try to steer yet, but get a feel for the brakes.
- As you scoot and pick up speed, let your feet off of the ground. You should get a feel for how to balance the bike after a couple of tries.
- Once you have the balance down, take very gentle turns to get a feel for steering. This won't be intuitive for you, but steering comes by leaning the bike. Don't make sharp movements with the handlebar or you'll flop over.
- Once you're confident, replace the pedals, adjust your saddle to a correct height, and before you know it you'll be trackstanding and riding no handed with the best of us!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
How to ride a bicycle
I see adults asking how they can learn to ride a bicycle. Here's how: