How to Ride a Bike

I didn’t learn how to ride a bike until I was an adult. Yeah, it’s embarrassing to admit but I’m sure there are plenty of you out there in the same boat…I mean, bike. Kids hop on a two-wheeler and—in most cases—master it in no time with minimal fear. Adults are another story. We’re too caught up in thinking to just relax and let it happen.

1. Teacher
Some adults can be a little defensive about their lack of riding skills. So the first step is to decide whether you want to be taught by someone you know or an outside teacher.
2. Location
A quiet location is both safer and less of a distraction. You might also want to find a place with soft grass to minimize the inevitable fall or two.
3. The Bike
It can be easier to learn on a bicycle with wide tires, large seats, thick pedals, and few speeds.
4. Tune-Up
Visit your local bike shop. Watch, listen, and ask questions so you can do it yourself next time.

1. Balance
Lower your seat so your feet can touch the ground. Push yourself along for a while—maybe even trying a turn or two—before lifting your feet up and feeling a short glide.
2. Starting
Teach yourself how—with one foot on the ground and the other on a pedal—to use the grounded foot to push off as the other foot applies weight on the pedal.
3. Stopping
For beginners, it’s usually safer to use both brakes at the same time. Eventually, you can modify this approach as your skills and confidence increase.
4. Handlebars
Keep them straight until you feel balanced and then practice small turns. Don’t grip too tightly.
5. Hills
Next, challenge yourself on a small upgrade and downgrade. Balancing is easier once you reach a steady speed.
6. Falls
Everyone falls. But remember: Bikes are not only greener than cars; they’re also safer.

1. Bike Helmet
2. Bike Lights
3. Bike Lanes