Learning to ride a bicycle is one of the things that the majority of people globally dread, but experts will tell you that it is as simple as ABC. People fear learning how to bike because of the embarrassment of falling leading to minor injuries or bruises, but the truth is that nothing happens if you don’t try. It is through several trials that you get to improve by the day, gathering more confidence and experience to take up tougher challenges in bicycle riding. Bicycle riding is an important skill that is easy for anyone to learn for them to enjoy the environmental friendliness as well as health benefits of bicycle riding.
The first step in riding a bicycle is putting on the correct gears as protection against any kind of fall that might occur during your first attempt to ride. Clothing comes in handy where in this case you will put on a long sleeve shirt together with a tight trouser with padding at the knees and elbow to secure you against injuries. Other than correct clothing, a helmet designed to offer protection during biking is also a necessary tool because it can help reduce injuries to the head and brain to a large extent. It is easy to make surgical repairs to other parts of the body, but a brain injury can cause irreparable damage, the reason why head protection is important.
In your full gear, identify a favorite location, which is flat and grassy with soft gravel for you to practice cycling during the day. A smooth, flat ground like a playing ground is recommended because there is little or no destruction, besides chances of getting big injuries in case of a fall are minimal. The main challenge with this kind of surface is that it makes it hard to peddle or keep balance unlike when practicing on a gentle slope.
On a flat surface ground, mount on the bicycle and ensure that its saddle is adjusted to allow your feet to touch the ground, that way it is easy to avoid falls. Check by squeezing brakes located at the handlebars to identify which one controls the front and rear tires, do this by walking the bike beside you as you check. It is also important to check your tires’ pressure to ensure that there is enough pressure to support you as you cycle. Another important reminder before starting a bicycle is to ensure the chain is tight enough and well oiled by raising the hind tire while spinning the pedal.
While mounted on your bike holding it firmly upward between your two legs, put one of your feet on the pedal while being supported by the other on the ground. With your weight distributed towards the center, push yourself forward with your foot on the ground, and as the bike starts moving, pull your foot off, raising them to allow you to move. At this point keep your balance while moving on, but in case you feel a sign of tippling, just bring it to a halt by planting your feet on the ground after braking.
Once you are okay with balancing on your own, it is time to learn how to peddle. With your bike in motion and looking straight ahead to avoid disruption, put your feet on the pedal then start peddling the bicycle as you maintain balance by pedaling fast. To bring the bike to a stop, start by halting pedaling, then apply both front and rear brakes once before pushing off your weight to the lower pedal. This will allow you to pull off the saddle and plant your feet on the ground from where you can now dismount from the bike.
From the discussion above, it is indeed easy to learn how to ride a bicycle provided you follow all tips mentioned here and keep your confidence all the way. Once you have mastered the basics of riding a bike, you will realize that other rubrics like reducing speed when making a turn, keeping left while overtaking, and cycling without headphones on, become easier to follow. It is advisable to have a friend or someone senior to help with starting off challenges that may lead to a fall. With all that in place, learning how to bike is so simple that even a nine year old child can successfully learn.