It was a total difference: its impossible to describe the pleasure of riding a
bike with front and rear suspension (full-suspension), adjustable shock
absorbers, hydraulic breakers, 27 speeds and, believe, 24 pounds! In a medium weight.
Get back to ride, for those who want to start over, is to rediscover that a
good thing in life became much better.
Discover what's a good bike, which one would be interesting to buy, even if you
won't buy it immediately.
And before you go around, pedaling in traffic, know why it is so important the
mechanic safety of any used bike.
To pedal is good, easy and comforting. We can all do
it! And who learns doesnít forget. Anyone may ride with peacefulness in the
streets, fields, roads or any other place. Itís rare, really rare, to find
someone incapable to keep balance on a bike.
A bike generates sympathy and almost everyone likes
it, although it is usual to find those who say not being able to ride... Some
claim to fear traffic, others had rided only in childhood and never again sat
on a bike. There are others that not even learned to ride, for several reasons.
They all bring a sense of desire to ride, but don't know how to perform it.
Rarely does a person get a good orientation and can
not ride a bike as any cyclist who goes to and fro, free and happy. We all have
our limitations. Wanting, we can at least work them around. Much of our
limitations are fears that are easy to overcome. A bit of goodwill and good
guidance are enough.
back to ride is easy, because who learned doesnít forget. In addition: new
bikes and their many speeds are easy and comfortable to ride. There is no
comparison with previous models.
To ride a bike in traffic, as scarier as it may seem,
can be much easier and safer than it appears at first. Just change some
concepts about driving and thinking in the city.
For those claiming "I know nothing", and
this "know nothing" actually means I do not know how to ride, the solution is usually an individual follow-up.
The majority who did not learn to ride was clearly for reasons that have
nothing to do with lack of balance and motor coordination. Usually for some
groundless reason, transforming the bike in a ďmonsterĒ. Nothing more.
Itís never too late to learn to ride a bike. Are you
Ok! Give it a try. Itís easy.
For those who never ride a bike:
Set your mind on these: Usually, those who could not
balance out and start pedaling, tried to learn on a wrong, big, unbalanced
bike, which did not ride in straight line. Or was guided by a bad instructor.
The bikeís quality is connected to the ease of
keeping balance. With quality it's easy to pedal.
The hints bellow are both for adults
as for teaching children to ride (without the backup wheels).
a bike a little small for the student. He must feel safe, feel that heís not
stuck and that if something goes wrong he will be able to put the feet on the
ground and get out. Womanís bicycle frames are usually good since doesn't have the
top tube. However, avoid use a very small or a child bike.
the seat height so that the student sitting would be able to fully support the
feet on the ground. Knees should be be slightly bent. Think that the future
cyclist will walk away ridding sitting on the bike; so if it stands on top toes
he will feel insecure.
the knob to get just the rear brake working. Avoid sudden brakes. Braking
should be smooth and progressive.
4. Put both pedals on
should be a little more emptier than its normal pressure, in order to prevent
the bike jump or gives bumpy sensations.
Where to start?
Choose a street, a park or any other quiet place, well-paved, flat,
unobstructed and with a gentle slope.
First contact with the bike:
the student on the bike and show him that it doesnít bit!
him with the bike so he get use to it and relax.
him that if he take off booth feet off the ground, the bike will not roll over.
by the student and make him stay with both feet hanging in the air for a few
seconds. Repeat the exercise a few times.
more relaxed the cyclist is, the more time on the bike it will balance.
First movements: now is up to the student
Let the bike guide you naturally; thatís the secret. Donít fight against
the natural balance of the bike.
1. Place the
bike on the downside.
2. Sitting in
the saddle, keep your body completely relaxed, arms and back loose, hands
holding the handlebar and one finger on the brake knob. Do not try to turn the
handlebars, just hold it.
3. Sitting in
the saddle, push the bike forward with your feet, as if you were walking.
4. Let the
bike get a little speed, more or less the speed of a person jogging. No speed,
5. Seems too
fast? Seems you lost control? Be cool. With feet on the ground, use the brake
6. Make a break. Body relaxed and a finger on the brake.
Take a deep breath and calm down: see, you didn't fell off the bike!
7. Start again. Remember: you need some speed to get
balance. Drag your feet as they were little bike's wheels to maintain balance.
8. It wasn't this time yet? You may be tense. So, take a
deep breath and relax. The more relaxed you are, the more balance the bike will
9. Try again. Don't get mad you the bike. Relax and keep
10. Don't give up, you already had balance for a small
distance, so you'll have for the
distance you want!
11. Keep practicing with your feet close to the ground until
you can make a smooth and controlled zig-zag. Congratulations, cyclist!
Do not try to exhaustion. It is counterproductive. Stop and
try another time or tomorrow. Keep thinking about it does not help.
1. Are you feeling more
confidence? For now on it's easy!
2. Start moving the bike
as you already know: feet close to the ground.
3. Gain speed, lift your
feet and put them on the pedals.
4. Don't be alarmed:
balance is the same with the feet on the pedal.
5. Remember to keep the
fingers on the brake's knob.
6. Experiment using the
brake without take the feet of the pedal.
Being relaxed is the basis for balance while pedaling. Under stress,
you get scare or you get on the floor.
1. Ask someone to put the
bike in a gear that's not too light nor too heavy.
2. Start moving the bike
as you know, gain speed and balance. Support the feet on the pedal and ride
smoothly, without despair.
3. Don't look for the
pedals with your eyes. The feet found the pedals more easier when you are not
looking at them.
1. Sitting on the bike,
keep one foot on the pedal and the other on the floor for balance.
2. Push the bike forward
only with the foot that is on the pedal. Gain speed, put the other foot on the
pedal and pedal.
3. Want to leave riding? Try on a downside. Put one
pedal up, place the foot on it, pressure down, while push the bike forward with
the foot that's on the ground.
4. Great cyclist!
Congratulations. You are pedaling. Now is just practicing! Or a little
more than that, but it's not hard.
Always stay focused on what you do, but keeping the body loose, relaxed.
It's the golden rule, the only recipe for a refined and efficient ride of any
vehicle. Follow it minimizes the possibility of making mistakes, having
accidents or take a fall.
Play and improve your motor coordination:
1. Ride the slowest you can without setting foot on the ground
2. Make tight turns as slow as possible
3. Lock the bike and just put your feet on the ground, when it is
4. Stop the bike, count to three and start again - without setting foot
on the floor. Increase dwell time
5. Place 5 cans on the floor, spaced three meters between them. Pass
through on "S". Reduce the distance as you improve
6. Standing on the pedals, make turns and brake
7. Standing on the pedals, with knees bent, pass through holes or bumps
8. Pass in tight spaces
9. Go down one step
10. Our sidewalks are often uneven, terrible for pedestrians, but great
for cyclists to practice balance
What's the next step? To ride better, no doubt. But slowly and step by
step. There is still much to learn.