How to learn to ride a bike at any age?
If you want to teach your child to ride a bike, then start it not before he reaches the age of three, so that the muscles of his body are sufficiently strengthened. Before learning, be sure to familiarize yourself with the safety rules when cycling and tell your child about it. And then we will tell you how to learn to ride a bike for both adults and children.
Which bike to choose?
Young children will find it easier to start training with a three-wheeled “friend”, and older children and adults who want to learn how to ride a bicycle will cope with two-wheeled.
- The main task of a tricycle is to teach a child to pedal. Its main advantage is stability, so your child will ride without much fear. Such a bicycle does not have brakes, since in order for its wheels to continue to rotate, they need to be constantly rotated independently.When making a choice of a bicycle, make sure that it fits the child in height and does not weigh too much - after all, the child must learn to move it from its place.
- From the age of six onwards, it is better to switch to a two-wheeled bicycle that suits you or your child. The frame for the bike should be durable, but light, so usually beginners are advised to choose frames made of aluminum. The frame selection table for height can be viewed below:
Acquired model should be necessarily adjusted so that the legs do not dangle in the air, and could touch the ground. A child can also use a pair of special hanging wheels that come with a children's two-wheeled bicycle to soften the transition from a three-wheeled to a two-wheeled model.
The bicycle is the most civilized vehicle known to man. Other modes of transport are becoming increasingly nightmarish every day. Only the bike remains pure in heart. (Iris Murdoch)
The height of the steering wheel is more crucial when buying a bike for mountain tourism and racing.For those who only want to learn how to ride a bike in the city, for walks, it will be enough to adjust the steering wheel at the level of the saddle or slightly lower. The width of the steering wheel is usually chosen by the width of the novice cyclist. Brakes for city driving, choose drum or roller.
How to learn to ride a bike
Beginners better learn to ride on dry, but not loose earth, which will help soften the blow in the event of a fall.
- First you just need to ride the bike behind the saddle next to you to learn how to keep it in balance - and forward and backward, and with turns. When it comes to this easy to handle, you can try to sit on the bike. How to do it correctly, see the video:
- First you need to learn to keep balance. First, you can ride without pedals at all, pushing off with both feet off the ground. Then the student should put his hands on the steering wheel and put one foot on the pedal, and leave the other free. Pushing this foot off the ground, as when riding a scooter, you need to try to drive as long as possible. As soon as you feel that your transport begins to fall on its side, set your leg aside to find support.If you are teaching a child, you can insure him by walking close to the side of the foot where he is pedaling. And so on until the child learns to keep his balance on a slow-moving bicycle and cannot take the second foot off the pedal. At the same time, it is not necessary to control the bike using the handlebars, keep the balance only with the help of the body.
- Next, you should learn to drive in a straight line and distribute the body weight correctly on the vehicle. Ask someone to go near and hold the saddle from time to time, or hold it for the child themselves, so that they feel support and learn to ride the bike, looking not at their feet, but forward. But, being an assistant, do not grab the steering wheel so that the child learns how to control it himself. Speed develop average. Then you can ride not only on a flat surface, but also on small descents and ascents.
- And, of course, you should learn how to properly brake on a bicycle, most importantly, do it at low speed and insure yourself with your feet. It is better to start training with the rear brakes, to avoid the risk of flying forward, as can occur with front braking.