It’s alright to admit that you don’t have a clue on how to ride a bicycle. Not all of us were taught by our parents. But that doesn’t stop us wanting to go for a bike ride, so if you end up in the unfortunate position where you have to teach yourself, you are going to have to suck it up, swallow the embarrassment and follow some good advice. If you want to learn how to ride a bike, you will have read on and take note of the hints and tips we are going to give you.
Firstly you need to find somewhere where you can practice without killing yourself. This can include a grassy area so if it turns out that you go for a tumble, then you won’t gruesomely split your head open on the hard ground. Although there is a downside to this, rough surfaces can make it hard to balance so if you aren’t not very good to balance yourself, it may actually be safer to practice on flat ground and be ready to stop yourself if anything goes wrong.
To learn how to ride a bike, you must first understand how a bike is ridden. First you should make sure that you have your helmet then ensure the wheels and tires are attached properly and safely. You must know when you can use the side walk and when you must use the road. Knowledge of local cycle lanes is also advisable. The more you know, the faster you will learn.
The next thing you should make sure is that you actually understand how your bike functions. The first thing to get under your belt are the peddles. Get used to where they are in regards to your feet. Take time to discover which foot position is comfortable for you. The next thing is to understand your gears. You must make sure that you know when a lower gear is needed and when a higher gear is needed. Then you must ensure that you are able to use the brakes. You must remember things like braking with back and front wheels at once. If you break with only front wheels, you will flip over and probably get injured. This is a crucial point to remember when you want to learn how to ride a bike.
There is one more important thing that you should definitely remember when you are out practicing. This is to establish balance. The first thing you want to be doing is to go slowly trying to balance on the bike. Going slowly is vitally important because if you overbalance, your foot can easily stop you from falling. Additionally, the slower you are, the more balancing must be done by you. On the other hand, the increased speed helps you balance, so going slowly forces you to develop your own balancing skills. If you have assistance at hand, it may be wise to have them stand with you as you practice just to make sure that nothing bad happens when you are starting to learn to ride a bike.