Wish to ride a bicycle like a pro? Well, no problem. If you’re a beginner, and don’t have a tad idea regarding how to ride a bicycle, then there are a few outstanding tips that can help you to ride even in the Tour de France championship; you can learn riding in just a few minutes. So, don’t be mortified; we all were in your shoes once. Just follow the following five tips, as they’re described, and I assure you, the gates of fresh-air fun would open for a lifetime…
So, are you ready? Well, pull your socks up and fasten your belt.
Choose the Right Bicycle
This is the first, and the most important step. And, sadly, this is where most of the beginners make an error. Parents, who attempt to teach their kids regarding riding a bicycle also make a blunder here. The thing which they don’t give attention to is that if the bike isn’t comfortable, it won’t be easy for the rider either to have fun with it. In fact, it can hurt him/her during the training. Therefore, choosing the right bike is crucial.
Besides, canvass a few things before starting your training. First, is it according to your size? Since, most parents, and beginners, typically begin training on larger bikes, which is of course utterly uncomfortable for a new rider. Second, are you going to train on paved streets or rough terrain? If you’re training on paved streets, opt for the road bike. But, if you’re planning to train on the rough terrains, a mountain bike is certainly the best choice.
Find a Gentle Downhill
Choosing the right place is as significant as choosing the right bike. And, for beginners, the best place is a gentle downhill. Now, of course, here we’re communicating a slight slope, which is almost flat, not a mountainous type downhill. Once the beginner rider, or a kid, ride on that path, it becomes easier for him/her to balance the bicycle and get the momentum. In addition, while attempting on a slight downhill, it won’t be in a rider’s mind to pedal; he would naturally focus on balancing the bike, rather than pondering his feet.
However, remember that the end of the downhill should end after 50 to 60 yards with a flat surface, or tad uphill. Since, a long downhill terrain can accelerate the bike enormously and cause some damage. And, any kind of damage in the beginning can water down the entire motivation. Apart from this, if you’re training your child, then it’s better to grab the seat from back for the first few times to help him/her perceive the entire speed picture.
The Pedaling Technique
Pedaling often baffles the kids. And, it’s almost certainly the only thing that creates troubles for a new rider and don’t allow him/her to balance the cycle easily. However, there are some rules regarding pedaling too; if you’d follow those rules, you would not only balance the cycle easily, but also use it as your premier power rather than wasting your energy. The professional cyclists, who participate in the championships, believe that pedaling is the only thing that distinguishes a winner from a loser, and plays a vital role in the success.
Now, remember, if it’s your first time, or if you’re teaching your kid, and if it’s a slight downhill, use front foot power to accelerate and ride, while keeping your ankle a tad high. On the other hand, if it’s a tad uphill path, use the middle of your feet while keeping your ankles low. I agree, it could be a bit confusing, especially at the start, but it makes pedaling easy. Though, in case you feel that pedaling is creating trouble for you, or for the kid, then it’s better to practice on a downhill path. Since, there won’t be any compulsion to use the paddles. And, you can practice pedaling too rather comfortably.
Learn to Use Brakes
Though, it’s easy to practice in a green field, or paved roads, without using brakes. But, braking technique is, of course, an immensely significant factor. And, you’ve to teach yourself, or your kid, about it, at the start. Though, don’t confuse it… In case you think that you, or your child, have learned how to balance a cycle and pedal successfully on a straight path, then it’s time to focus on the brakes. Spend some time to learn/teach how to use ‘smooth stops’ and ‘emergency stops’. And, practice these both things on a straight lane.
Besides, as you perhaps already know, there are two basic kinds of brake systems – front brake and back brake. We use back brake to control the speed, and front brake to really stop the bike. Though, keep in mind that we use front brakes only if we’re in a slow speed. Using them in high speed can cause some serious damage.
Add Turning Points
This is the last step, and it facilitates a lot, especially if you’re living in an urban area. If you’ve studied how to ride a cycle and use brakes efficiently, then start practicing on the turning points. The first rule is to slow down if you’re about to turn, as you can’t take the turns with high speeds, especially if the street are small. If you would do that, in a way, you would break the laws of physics and invite some injury.
In case you’re living in a suburb area, you can practice this in fields, or around the trees. Once you’ve learned the other things, it won’t be tough for you at all to dominate this skill. But, if you’re teaching this to your kid, teach him about the lanes too; tell him which lane is the right lane to ride and etc. This is greatly necessary, as kids mostly don’t understand the lane rules and often confront with unexpected accidents.
This 2-wheel Adventure is one of the best adventures of the world. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner, or an experienced rider. Riding a bicycle is pure fun. And, the best thing is, once you acquire the riding skill, you never forget it, even if you try after decades… So, just remember these 5 above points, and I promise you, you’ll learn it faster than your imagination, and in fact make use of your bicycle more than your lavish vehicle…
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