How to learn to ride a bike correctly

How can an adult LEARN TO RIDING? YOURSELF. Can I LEARN to ride a bike WITHOUT FALLING? My deepest story is a bunch of tips for beginners

I know that most people don’t even think that at the age of 20 you might not be able to ride a bike.

The more difficult it was for me to find information and the more ashamed it was to admit it to someone.

I will not describe all the details of my beggarly childhood, but it so happened that as a child I did not have a bicycle, and no one had time (and / or desire) for my studies.

In general, at the age of 25, when girls of my age are already getting married, and some also have time to give birth, I decided to make up for the forgotten childhood and feel all the joys of cycling.

Now it is difficult to believe that a year ago I did not even know which side to approach the bike, and when the sellers offered to try the bike before buying, I replied with a categorical refusal.

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I probably dreamed about riding a bike all my life. How did you dream? I thought: “It would be nice to ride a bike”.
But in 2013, I began to stare at bikes. And every season I dreamed that “this summer I will finally buy and learn”.

But then there is no money, then a mortgage, then there is no one to teach, then a toxic relationship.

This went on for 4 years. Now I even regret that I missed this time.

In the spring of 2017, I could no longer look calmly at cyclists. My heart was already skipping a beat, and the thought was ringing in my head: “if others can ride a bike, then why can’t I learn”?

Indeed, in my case, everything depended not only on buying a bike, but also on the ability to ride, which I did not have

When I realized that I no longer want without great, the search began.

WHO WILL TEACH ME TO RIDE?

This was the most pressing question. If with the purchase of a large everything was simple and rested only on money, then with training everything was more complicated.

I had to find someone who would teach me. For some reason, I was sure that it was impossible to learn to ride a bike on my own. And while I was in this delusion, I was looking for.

She was afraid to ask friends because of her own shame.

So I started looking on the Internet. But I do not live and I could not find any bike instructors on the Internet.
Then I went looking for .
I found a cycling group in my city and wanted to publish an ad there, offering a certain fee for cycling lessons.
But I still didn’t know how to organize it. You need to go somewhere, train on someone else’s bike, endure the mocking glances of bystanders, etc.
In general, I never published an announcement.

HOW DOES AN ADULT LEARN TO RIDE A BICYCLE BY ITSELF AND WITHOUT FALLING? My experience

While I was unsuccessfully looking for a “bike instructor” on the Internet, I began to come across information about self-study.

I, of course, became interested and began to dig in this direction.
And today I will share with you information on how an adult can learn to ride a bike.

All sources vied with each other: “prepare for the fact that you will fall”.

I was terribly upset and protested. I didn’t want to fall. I wanted to learn how to ride a bike without falling and without assistance.
Is it really impossible.

And what was my happiness when I found source in which it was described step by step how an adult can learn to ride a bike on his own and without falling.

I still keep this link and am happy to share it with you. Moderators are not allowed to specify the author for a reason

I will not completely rewrite this manual. If you want, follow the link. I’ll just tell you that I simplified this technique a little and was able to learn to ride a bike without falling.

Surprisingly, the instruction on how to learn to ride a bike was written almost 10 years ago, but is still relevant.

I even took screenshots, which the moderators, as always, rejected (

It was really scary and in general life difficulties with balance, but after 2 hours I went!

“I knocked down an urn on the way, drove into a bush, but I was driving.”

Now they are so great. You sit on him, he himself will carry you.

If you stayed with me, I continue to tell

After I bought the bike, I had to find a secluded place where no one would see me.

It is not difficult to do this outside the city. I just got up early, grabbed the bike and went to the road knocked out by cars.

But for some reason, in the morning, I constantly came across someone. Of course, I was still afraid that they would laugh at me, but when I already had a bicycle, it did not stop me. The desire to learn to ride a bike outweighed fear.

I learned to ride a bike for 4 days for about an hour, with huge breaks between workouts.

The plan was as follows. According to the instruction.
Day 1. Drive the bike by the seat
Day 2. Doing a “scooter” to learn how to balance
Day 3. Pedal and enjoy the ride

However, in the process, I deviated greatly from this plan.

DAY 1
I took my bike and went to the training site.
It was just boring to drive the bike, so every now and then I tried to lead him by the saddle.

I patiently waited for the bruises to pass, then went back to training.

This day was the most emotionally difficult for me.

I began to get angry, freak out, even hit the bike for nothing (((

DAY 3. Almost done
All the same.
At first she led me behind the seat. Then she got on the bike, pushed off and, like, rode.
Having driven away decently from the house, I decided that it was time to turn around.
She sat down on the bike, pushed off and. I managed.
I rode by inertia, without falling on my side.
Then she managed to twist the pedals a little, until she started to overwhelm.
While I was driving, I did not even notice how I missed my turn, being in a delight that I cannot describe in any words.
However, even after such a trip, I did not believe that I had learned to ride a bike.

Again, the repetition of the passed material. Only this time I drove even farther from the house, turned around and went.
The road turned out to be with a slope, so I drove for a long time without even pedaling.
And then, I don’t know how, I turned at the right turn and started pedaling, then accelerating like abnormal (so as not to fall), then just rolling by inertia.
When I turned two more turns, I myself was so shocked, I could not believe what was happening so much that at the entrance to the house, for decency, I drove into potato
I just couldn’t believe what I did.
I learned to ride a bike!
Itself!
Without outside help!
No falls! In spite of and in spite of all the sites that unanimously repeated the opposite.

Now I am writing and as if I am reliving all these emotions

True, my big one still fell once, having gone to wheat, but I managed to jump off in time

To complete the picture, I will say that I still fell from the big one, but this happened after training and solely because of my arrogance.
I was going to skate smoothly and measuredly. On flat roads.
But curiosity and my young partner took me down steep paths.
And I also once tried to slip through a puddle, picked up speed and landed on my palm next to this puddle. It’s good that there were no people nearby, but I had wet wipes with me to wipe off the dirt.

Once, for some reason, she picked up speed before turning, did not have time to turn, and together with the great drove into rye. Then I had to pull out both the bike and myself.

It’s funny that now my learning path, which once seemed insurmountable, now seems incredibly simple.

Just learning how to ride was not enough, it was necessary to learn how to brake, change gears and even maintain a bike.
When I learned to ride a bike, I didn’t know all this yet.

ABOUT BALANCE
This is perhaps the most important thing. This is much more important than pedaling. Everyone can pedal. But somehow it’s not enough for cycling.

Usually they teach how to ride a bike. Hold the bike by the seat and say “pedal”. As a result, the student is focused only on the pedals and begins to get angry because he cannot turn them, because the great falls down.

They forget to tell the beginner that the whole secret of successful cycling is not pedaling, but balance.

Even if you pedal furiously, you can’t learn to ride a bike if you can’t keep your balance.

It is with mastering this skill that you should start learning to ride a bike.

It seems like children are now taught in a different way than they used to be.
First, they put on a balance bike (this is so big without pedals), the child touches his legs and rolls, mastering the art of balance, without noticing it.

In general, this is the whole point of how to learn to ride a bike.

Having learned to ride a bike at least a little and not fall over, it will no longer be difficult to start pedaling.

If we talk about how an adult can learn to ride a bike, then it is worth training on the principle of a children’s run bike.
It’s great if you can twist the pedals and then put them back in place. Because at first they only get in the way.
Unfortunately, I did not have such an opportunity. Even if I twisted the pedals, I would hardly have screwed it back. So I pedaled myself with huge bruises. And I was already beginning to hate pedals. I really wanted to break them off.

QUESTIONS I have been looking for for a long time ANSWERS
Why study on different days?
It is believed that the brain needs to be given time to process information, so it is better to take breaks between workouts.
Although, perhaps one continuous workout will be enough for you to master all the skills and learn how to ride a bike in 1 day.

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How to start correctly?
Probably starting on a bike is so easy that no one even pays proper attention to it.
However, I have been comprehending this elementary science for a long time, trying to spy on other cyclists.
So, I tell.
If the seat height on the bike is adjusted correctly, you will not be able to reach the ground with both feet at the same time.

Therefore, the option that was relevant during training (sit down, push off and go) becomes irrelevant.

You need to put the bike straight, stand on the side from which it is convenient. For example, the bike is on your right. You need to throw your right leg over the frame. Step on the pedal with one foot, while the other is on the ground at this moment. Then you start to scroll the pedal, lift your other leg off the ground and put it on the pedal too, sit down on the seat. All the actions described in the previous sentence must be performed almost simultaneously.
In principle, everything is simple, but you need to practice and get used to.
Even after learning how to ride a bike, I left the seat at the minimum height and started as usual. First she sat down, and then set the bike in motion. Although it should be the other way around.

How to brake properly on a bike?

I studied this question thoroughly.
The seat and handlebars of modern bicycles are located almost on the same level. Because of this, I was terribly afraid to fly over the steering wheel.

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Therefore, I read a lot of tips about proper braking on a bicycle.

To brake safely on a bike, it is not enough to simply apply the brakes. When you apply the brakes, you only stop the bike. In this case, the body continues to move by inertia. This is where the risk of flying over the steering wheel arises.

This is why learning how to use the brakes correctly on your bike is important.

So the bike has front and rear brakes. My front brake lever is located on the left handlebar, the lever is rear, respectively on the right.
You can fly over the handlebars on a bicycle if you block the front wheel, that is, sharply and completely squeeze the front brake.

Beginners are generally advised to ignore the front brake and only use the rear brake for safety.
I did so.

Until I found out that the front brake accounts for 70% of the effect, and the rear one. the remaining 30%. That is, it is more effective to brake with the front wheel.
The main secret is to use the front brake correctly. That is, do not allow the front wheel to lock.
To do this, it is recommended to brake like ABS (anti-lock braking system) in the car. That is, you need to slow down on a bike fractionally and often.
After pressing the front brake lever, you do not need to hold it until the bike comes to a complete stop. Can:
– squeeze and release to the end, and do not hold the brake until it comes to a complete stop. The front wheel will continue to rotate, but at a slower pace.
– or slightly clamping and releasing the front brake on the bike. This will gradually reduce your speed.

Why should a bicycle seat be positioned so that your feet don’t touch the ground when you are sitting??

When pedaling while riding, the foot should be fully extended. If in a sitting position, you stand confidently on the ground, then while cycling, the foot will not fully extend, and this is harmful to the joints.

When you don’t know how to ride a bike, it is incredibly scary to set the seat to the right height. I would like to know that at any moment you can confidently stand on the ground.

The first time I could not get used to it. It was scary not to feel the ground under my feet. Therefore, during training, I set the seat to the minimum height so that while sitting on the bike, I could confidently put my feet on the ground. Then she gradually raised the seat higher and higher, until I finally got used to the desired height. Now I don’t understand how it was possible to ride with a low seat.

How to turn on a bike?

After I learned to ride a bike, I had to master the turns. It turned out to be much easier.
I read that it is better to turn not with the steering wheel, but by tilting the body. As soon as you lean slightly to the side, the front wheel begins to turn in the same direction. You can help a little with the steering wheel and now you have already turned in the right direction.
The first exercise, when you have to drive the bike behind the seat, perfectly demonstrates this method. As soon as you tilt the bike, it immediately begins to go to the side. It is enough just to steer a little.

How and why to change speeds on a bike?

For a long time I dealt with all these stars and did not understand what the difference is between a large and a small star in front. I felt it only with time, when I felt confident behind the wheel and smoothly entered the turns. I got bored and then I decided to start experimenting with speeds.
Initially, I chose the golden mean, setting the speed “2-4”, that is, 2 stars in front and 4th behind.

The main thing to remember is that the smaller the front sprocket is selected, the easier it will be to pedal. And vice versa.
So if you find it difficult to pedal, you need to move to the smaller sprocket in front.

When I first shifted to the 3rd star in the front, I felt like I was making a titanic effort to crank the pedals. Over time, this feeling went away. Pedaling is easy on any chainring after several rides.

Last year I skated for only a couple of months. Beautiful views became a bonus.

This year I am looking forward to the opening of the cycling season. Hopefully, we will be able to master the new routes

The cycling season is open I managed to catch a good day at the end of April.

Good cycling and vivid pleasant impressions to everyone!

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And the complexes have long appeared (
If she said that I couldn’t ride a bike / ice skate or something else, they looked like an alien. And because of this, I wanted to fall through the ground (

As I understand it now, learning to ride a bike is really easy. It is unlikely that the child will be able to teach through force.
Desire is the key factor. And age is not a hindrance here.
And not everyone has complexes about what is shameful. For example, judging by the comments above

Somehow, for fun, I tried to brake the pedals back after using the brakes, it turned out to be terribly inconvenient

My husband and I conferred here and decided that it was impossible to advise a specific model, unfortunately. In addition, the budget of the event is important here.If you do not intend to increase the level of skiing and the distance of travel, you can again choose in appearance, but having already tried on several different models, it is better from different manufacturers (since the geometry of the frame may differ even with the same size). Pay attention also to the weight. this is very important, and the less it is, the better (not because the girl is easier to carry, but because it rides easier). Well, the components are also important. And the number of “speeds” is not in the first place here, as many believe. From personal experience:

I started with a GT Aggressor (36, if I’m not mistaken, v-breaks, 26 ” wheels). I can’t say anything about it, neither good nor bad, except perhaps for a low hitch class and stupid three frame triangles (but this is pure aesthetics and very subjective).
2. Then I moved to Bergamont (38, 26 ” wheels). the class is slightly higher (at least disc brakes) and for me personally it is more comfortable in terms of geometry. I used it in the tail and mane all year round. Basically, you can look towards these bicycles. She began to participate in cross-country races on it.
3. And then, on this basis, I got a second horse. a carbon Scott Scale 30 (310, 26 ” wheels). It just seemed like a spacecraft! Lightweight (11 kg versus 13-14 for its aluminum predecessors), very maneuverable and nimble. But the geometry of the frame did not suit me very much. It was a little shorter, and it made itself felt after 30 km of active work. the back in the lumbar spine began to get tired.

Here it will not be superfluous to clarify that the cost of such a bike is almost an order of magnitude higher. you have to pay for manufacturability)) It has a completely different class of attachment (brakes, derailleurs, cassette, wheels, fork (RockShox Reba. Oooo! Then I found out what normal FORK, which really WORKS out irregularities). It’s not scary to go anywhere and drive 100 km)), although the Begemotik also coped with this without problems, it was just not so easy to ride uphill and was not so nimble in technology (descents, turns, gullies. boulders, stairs, etc.)

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For me personally, it is logical to increase the level of riding and, accordingly, the bicycle. Therefore, it seems strange to me to change Stealth to Stealth. But it’s up to you to decide! If you don’t want to go further, higher, faster, just find a comfortable frame with a suitable geometry. and that’s it. With the care and attention you have given your Miss, any bike will last a long time.

By the way, both Bergamont and Scott are alive and on the move. The first one is already 4 years old, of which 1.5 years of daily year-round use (I myself served the scheduled maintenance), plus a couple of marathons in the forests (after the second one I had to contact the service). Now he is on forced leave (as unnecessary). In the spring we will be TO-sew and sell. The second is 6 years old (I took it second-hand), also a veteran of cross-country; my son has been riding it since this summer (he was still a little too big for him, I had to play around not only with the height of the saddle, but also with the stem of the steering wheel, the seatpost. to achieve a normal fit) Of course, also after complete maintenance and replacement of some consumables, such as brake cables and shirts.

So choose a bike strictly according to your needs and wishes, but if possible, take a 29er. Exciting new driving experience I guarantee!

Key recommendations

You need to ride a bike correctly. Here are the guidelines for doing this:

  • always look ahead a few meters;
  • you can not strain while holding the steering wheel;
  • knees should be placed parallel to the frame;
  • pedal correctly only smoothly;
  • always turn the handlebars as soon as the two-wheeled bicycle loses its upright position;
  • stability increases with greater speed;
  • you need to brake confidently, but smoothly.
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How to quickly learn to ride a bike?

If you think that an adult cannot master the intricacies of riding this type of transport, you are wrong. It is available to everyone. You just need a little patience and always remember about safety. The training will not take long. Consider how to learn to ride a bike.

Adult education

Learning is much easier for an adult than for a child. This is due to the state of the muscular system. in children it is less developed. Adults’ education can be complicated by the fact that they have developed a fear of falling.

This is why it is important to master the safety rules while driving. The ability to maintain balance is the most important thing at the beginning of the exercise. It is better to do this in this way: the saddle is lowered down so that in case of loss of balance you can stand on the ground. It is better to remove the pedals so that the lower leg is not injured.

You need to start training out of the blue. Only after that you can go to a small hill. It is easier to follow safety rules on it. And only when the simplest maneuvers have been worked out, the pedals need to be returned to their place. When turning, they do not need to be twisted, as this can lead to a fall. To maintain balance, the steering wheel is rotated towards the tilt.

Do not increase the load dramatically. If you have mastered the process, at first you need to drive no more than a kilometer for a day. And only when such a distance seems small, you can safely increase the intensity of training.

Features of a speed bike

This technique is also available for a person who wants to master a new sport. First, you need to find a two-wheeled bike that matches your weight and height. It is necessary to pay special attention to the length of the legs, otherwise it will be inconvenient to ride quickly.

You need to familiarize yourself with the principle of the transmissions. Their purpose is to make the ride more comfortable. The athlete can easily and comfortably overcome obstacles on the way. Modern bicycles of this type have two types of derailleurs: the right one adjusts the reverse speeds, and the left one adjusts the apron.

There are rules for gear shifting.

  • When climbing hills, you do not need to change the speed. You should first select a mode that allows you to reduce it.
  • It is necessary to monitor the operation of the chain: it should not skew.
  • Switching is carried out only while driving.
  • Sudden changes in speed must be avoided. Ideally, if the gear change will be carried out one by one. Also, wait for the bike to run smoothly after each such change.
  • In order not to disrupt or break the chain, it is necessary to balance the loads. It is undesirable to start driving with the fastest gear.

Bicycle riding technique

So you bought a two-wheeled bike. It’s time to start studying. You should be prepared for falls, so it is better to equip yourself with a helmet. Here are tips on how to properly learn to ride this type of transport.

  • First of all, you need to adapt it to your own characteristics. The saddle must be adjusted so that the foot on the pedal is almost fully extended.
  • We need to figure out where the brakes are. You need to understand how they work. First, you should “feel” the rear brake.
  • While in the saddle, and without ever releasing the rear brake levers, try to maintain balance. To do this, lift your feet off the ground. briefly, just a few seconds. This technique allows you to feel the balance in the two-wheeled bicycle, as well as how comfortable it is to sit in the saddle and hold the handlebars.
  • The movement should be started correctly as if there were no pedals. You need to push off the ground to roll. Do not be afraid of this: as long as the transport goes, it will not fall. And if you need to get off the bike, or you feel that it is falling, you need to brake, otherwise the equipment will run over you.
  • Mastering the pedaling technique is easy. If you turn them forward, they will turn the wheel. In the opposite direction, they provide free movement.
  • Next, we learn to put two feet on the pedals. This is not difficult to do, especially since we already know how to maintain balance. Some people do it almost instinctively. You should also pedal to gain a low speed.
  • You can only drive right straight. If the bike leans to the right, then the steering wheel must be turned in the same direction. The most important thing is to feel it and then you won’t fall.
  • You can turn at high and low speeds. When driving slowly, this can be done using the steering wheel. The slope is used if you skate fast.
  • Be sure to learn to practice the technique of reversals.
  • And finally, all that remains is to hone your skills. To do this, you can drive a short distance, turn around and come back. It should work without stopping.

How to overcome your fear of driving?

It happens that a person does not want to learn to ride a bike because of fear. It is easy to overcome. To do this, you need to follow these recommendations:

  • you never have to think about the bad or about the upcoming failures: you should always succeed;
  • remember that physical education is the best way to keep yourself in shape, and a bicycle will do just that;
  • the first steps to learning to ride are best done with the help of an experienced person;
  • it is very useful to do exercises that train balance and stability.

And remember, it’s never too late to learn to ride a bike. Anyone who has an irresistible desire to become an excellent athlete can do it.

How to ride a bike backwards?

Not all cyclists know how to ride a bike backwards. To do this, turn to the rear wheel and lean on the pedal with one foot. To start moving, you need to transfer your body weight to the steering wheel and press the pedal with your free foot. As soon as you get moving, you will need to focus on maintaining balance. To do this, use the rear wheel, which must be perpendicular to the path of travel. When it turns out to be able to overcome more than ten kilometers, you can try to pedal.

How to ride a bike without hands?

Having mastered the basics, you can learn how to ride a bike without hands. Initially, you can try to drive with one hand on the steering wheel. When you feel confident while riding, you can try to remove two hands for a few seconds. In this case, it is better to keep your hands close to the steering wheel in order to take the steering wheel in time if necessary. When you learn, you can try to ride this way in a free open area with a slight slope.

How to ride a bike at speeds?

Experienced cyclists advise, when learning how to learn to ride a bike, not to change speeds while climbing. This is required for the reason that the pedaling rhythm will be lost and, moreover, there will be excessive fatigue. In addition, when moving upwards, parts wear out during such manipulations. For this reason, it is recommended to shift even before lifting, when the chain is most relaxed.

Many cyclists rarely use the front derailleur. And there are also cyclists who prefer to use the forward gear during sharp changes in the slope of the road. Such a shift will be several times more effective than 2-3 reverse gear shifts. It is very important here to set the middle position on the rear sprocket well in advance. When you have to go before a good descent, it is better to switch the speed in advance, since there is simply not enough time for this during descent.

When studying, it is important to understand at what speeds to ride a bike. Most modern bicycles have 2-3 sprockets and 7-10 sprockets. The large chainring is recommended when driving on a good level road when there is no headwind. It is also customary to use 4-8 driven stars. The middle guide sprocket is best for driving on dirt roads, poor asphalt and not very loose sand. In addition, slaves 2-6 are used with it. Small chainring should be used when climbing, riding in mud, swampy soil, sand, thick grass.

How to learn to ride a bike quickly and easily?

The bicycle for many modern active people remains a favorite means of transportation. Anyone can master the riding technique if they wish and have free time. We suggest finding out how to quickly learn to ride a bike.

Which bike is easier to learn to ride?

If you want to learn how to ride a bike as soon as possible, you can use a low bike with a low or oblique frame. In this case, there must be such an opportunity to touch the ground with your feet. If you will be learning on a bicycle according to your height, then you need to lower the seat lower. It is good if in case of a fall there is special protection in the form of a helmet, elbow pads, knee pads and cycling gloves.

How to brake properly on a bike?

Many children and adults want to learn how to learn to ride a bike. To keep cycling comfortable at all times, it is important to understand how best to brake the bike. Experienced cyclists advise beginners:

  • Brake in such a way that the front wheel is not blocked.
  • If the wheels are blocked, release the brakes a little before the wheels start to spin.
  • During braking, shift your body weight as far as possible in order to add weight to the rear wheel.
  • Combine braking and maneuvers.
  • In bad road conditions, brake with the rear brake.
  • Braking with both brakes is most effective.
  • Apply the rear brake slightly earlier than the front brake lever.

How to brake on a bike without brakes?

Do you want to know how to quickly learn to ride a bike? Not every modern bicycle has special brakes. It is very important to understand how to brake on a bicycle without brakes. To do this, first of all, it is necessary to slow down the speed by stopping pedaling. When the bike starts to stop, you should touch the asphalt with your feet and thus stop traffic.

How to turn on a bike?

Not every beginner cyclist knows how to turn the bike correctly. You can learn this by maintaining balance. There are two ways: using the rudder and tilting. The first is used during low speeds, and inclines during high speeds. First, you should work out narrow and short, and then long and wide turns in two directions at low speeds.

Wrong ways to start

These methods are well known to everyone and are widely applicable, so most have never even thought about the fact that it is wrong to get on a bicycle this way. The bike is taken (behind the wheel), one foot is placed on the pedal, and the other is pushed off the ground, giving the bike the initial impulse. Then the kick leg is thrown over the saddle. A variation of the method. shuffling your foot on the ground to accelerate the bike, that is, there are several repulses. At this stage, the bike acts as a scooter.

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Why can’t these methods be used? As mentioned above, control over management is very, very limited. Downhill starting is difficult, as you need to accelerate the bike enough so that it does not stop while you saddle it and can continue to accelerate. To these difficulties is added another unpleasant circumstance. the cyclist’s weight is transferred at the moment when the bike moves at an angle to the road surface. The bike is not designed for such side loads, but they are quite significant. In the future, this can lead to breakdowns.

There is also a method that riders use in some cycling disciplines. Its essence is that the cyclist runs next to his bike, accelerating it, and then saddles it from the jump. This is at least unsafe, because it is as easy as shelling pears to miss while running, and the speed is already high enough, so a fall or injury is guaranteed. And it looks ugly.

How to learn to ride a bike

Paradox: Regardless of cycling experience, quite a large number of people do not know how to start and stop correctly. Perhaps the reason lies in the recent past, when our grandfathers and fathers taught us to ride a bike the way they can do it themselves. High frames “Uralov” and “Ukrain” forced to sit on the saddle with a large leg span, which was easier to do on the go. This is how we were taught by our own example the wrong “saddle”.

The wrong stop is also related to the height of the frame. In the traffic flow, such “bad” habits can come back to haunt with negative consequences. Starting on an uphill basis with such starting is also unsafe. Are you ready to test your habits? Go.

How to properly start on a bike

The surest way to start cycling is as follows. We throw our leg over the frame, no matter how it is. over the seat, over the handlebars (if it is lower than the saddle), or over the top tube. To make this easier, I advise you to tilt the bike slightly to the side. Now you are on the ground with both hands on the handlebars and the bike between your legs. There is no need to try to sit on the saddle. if it is installed correctly, then you simply cannot reach the ground with your feet.

We rotate the pedals so that the connecting rod from the side of the supporting leg is in front at an angle of 45 degrees relative to the ground. For example, if your supporting leg is right, then the right crank (on which the leading stars are installed) will “show” half past one. The supporting leg is the one in front when you are standing on the cranks parallel to the ground, and the second, “rear” leg is the jogging leg.

Now place your supporting foot on the pedal and press down on it. At this point, firstly, the bike will begin to move, and secondly, you will rise and sit quietly on the saddle, using the pedal as a step. Everything is simple and convenient. Control over the bike is maintained almost all the time, which means traffic safety at the highest level.

Practice and make this starting method your unconditioned reflex. It’s worth it.

Cycling start

The faster the bike moves, the easier it is to balance. Therefore, very often cyclists first speed up their bike a little, and only then sit on it. At the beginning of his “cycling path”, this may be justified, since a person feels insecure while driving a two-wheeled vehicle, but then this method must be abandoned. Instead, the habit of starting on the run lasts a lifetime. Meanwhile, while the driver is accelerating the bike, control over it is very limited. It can be completely subdued and confidently maneuvered only by taking the correct position behind the wheel.

Stop the bike

We have already talked about the correct braking technique. For those who have not read, go here: “Braking and cornering”. In that article, we did not raise the issue of stopping, or rather, how exactly to act during its commission. Bridging this gap.

Stopping is not difficult. Nevertheless, many bikers manage to make mistakes here too.

First of all, you need to be prudent. If this is not an emergency braking, then before stopping, worry about your future start. Yes, get the sleigh ready in the summer. As you know, you can only change gears while driving, so be sure to lower yourself to your starting gear before stopping. Usually this is the second leading star and 2-5 on the cassette. at your discretion. It is important to develop an appropriate habit, which will certainly make your life easier.

Now about the stopping process itself. There is no need to take your feet off the pedals ahead of time to help the brakes perform their functions. In fact, such actions only worsen the effectiveness of the deceleration. The rider’s weight is transferred by relieving the wheels, which reduces the traction coefficient. Plus, it can be painful for the legs.

At the very end of braking, we smoothly transfer our weight to one leg, and prepare the other with a full stop to put on the ground. If you lower your leg to a full stop, there is a chance of “pecking”: the bike without the biker’s weight will be unloaded, and the brakes will only stop the bike, and the rider will continue to move by inertia in an intimate place in the takeaway. Phew, this is unpleasant.

As you can see, bad habits when starting and stopping can be hazardous to health. If you have managed to avoid injury before, then no one can guarantee that everything will be as safe in the future. Improve your bike ownership technique for yourself and your downstream neighbors.

Safe driving principles

It is especially important for beginners to take care of safety, both for themselves and for the sake of others. Approach training responsibly so as not to get injured or damage someone else’s property.

Features of learning to ride a bike for adults

It is believed that it is impossible for an adult to learn to ride a bicycle if he did not acquire this skill in childhood. But that’s just a delusion.

All the limitations are in the head, and it is they that interfere with learning. Most often, an adult is ashamed to learn a child’s skill at a respectable age. it looks ridiculous. Seems wrong. Because of this, many postpone training so as not to be embarrassed or embarrassed.

To solve this limitation, it is enough to choose a secluded track, where there are no strangers. So you don’t have to think about the views of others, and you focus on learning.

The second problem is the fear of falling. Fearing to fall, a person strains too much, which is why the movements come out constrained, sharp and often lead to a fall. You need to be prepared for the falls and stop being afraid. Use protection (helmet, knee pads, elbow pads) to avoid injury. Learn to feel when the bike is collapsing and correct its position.

Otherwise, you will have the advantage of motivation. Children do not know why they learn to ride a bike, they are often forced by their parents. Do you know exactly what you want and are ready to make an effort.

Basic road rules for cyclists

A cyclist is a road user and must comply with traffic rules. Unfortunately, not everyone takes cycling seriously, and this creates a lot of additional difficulties and disagreements with car owners or pedestrians.

You need to read the basic rules for cyclists before you start riding long distances.

Violation of the rules is punishable by fines from 800 to 1500 rubles, depending on the offense.

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Special clothing

Choose the right clothing for your workout. Be prepared that the item may get dirty or torn due to a fall.

Prefer tight-fitting items to avoid snagging on parts of your bike. When entering the highway, you will need bright clothes with reflective stripes so that motorists notice you and drive around in advance.

Choose shoes with a solid sole and a rough tread that won’t slip on the pedals.

Transport benefits

An adult can already get a license and use a car or motorcycle. Why use a bike when there is faster, more comfortable transportation?

It is a mistake to think that great is for children and adolescents. After all, the benefits of cycling do not diminish with age. And a few additional pleasant advantages are added.

  • Saving. Compared to a car or motorcycle. The bike is cheaper, no need to buy a garage or parking space. No need to fill up with gas, go through annual inspections or buy compulsory insurance.
  • Mobile. The travel speed is, of course, lower than by car. But not in traffic jams. While the drivers are in a traffic jam and move at the speed of a pedestrian, the cyclist can easily go around the traffic jam and quickly get to the place. You can take a shortcut through lanes and courtyards. Some cities have dedicated cyclist lanes.
  • Easy parking. It is very difficult to find a parking space in the center, and sometimes you have to leave the vehicle a kilometer from your destination. With a bike, everything is easier. you can fasten it with a lock to a tree, a post or special platforms.
  • Better health. Any sport is good for the body, and even more so as active as cycling. Everyone understands the benefits of cycling.
  • Losing weight. A sedentary lifestyle can negatively affect your figure, and a bicycle can help with this. It is enough to travel to work and home on this transport, and the figure will immediately begin to improve.

Psychologically, cycling has a very positive effect on a person. Fresh air, physical activity, rhythmic activities soothe. As a result, it improves sleep and metabolism.

In general, the benefits of a bicycle are invaluable, it remains only to learn how to ride it in order to know all the charm of this sport.

Cyclist age

You can ride a bike at any age, as long as you do not leave the yard and sidewalk.

You can only enter the carriageway and become a full-fledged participant in the movement after 14 years.

How to park your bike correctly in the parking lot

You need to use a lock to keep your bike safe. Best suited is the U-lock, which is so named because of its U-shape. It is not as convenient to fasten it as with a regular lock with a chain, but it is also difficult for thieves to remove it.

Attach to stable and sturdy structures: sturdy railings, railings or special bike rails.