Content of the material
- To enter:
- Learn to Brake
- How To Ride a Bicycle (For Adults)
- Step 3: Safety
- Contributing Experts
- Karen Silhavy
- How Long Does It Take to Learn How to Ride a Motorcycle?
- Starting the Motorcycle
- How to learn with a rear brake?
- How to brake with front gears?
- The Kickstand or Centerstand
- Are there any alternative teaching methods?
- A quick method to teach a right-handed child:
- How to Ride a Motorcycle Safely?
- Learning to Ride is a Journey, not a Destination
- UP NEXT >>
- The Three Pillars of Learning to Ride
- Step 1: Get a Bike
- Pick Your Place
- Learning to keep balance
- Tips for parents
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Learn to Brake
Next, while off your bike, practice using the hand brakes to a get a feel for how much pressure it takes to slow down or stop. Walk alongside your bike and squeeze the brakes part way to slow down. Make sure you squeeze the front and rear brakes at the same time. Next, try to do a smooth, controlled stop that’s not jerky or too abrupt. Practice stopping every 15 to 20 feet until you can do so smoothly.
How To Ride a Bicycle (For Adults)
It’s never too late to start learning to ride a bike as an adult! (And you can always get better once you have started!)
Just start below from points 1 through 4.
Like I mentioned before, there are two main ways:
First of all, you want to select a low gear to make it easier to start pedaling. However, don’t select the easiest gear because you might spin out and fall.
The first method is that you lean against the wall, feet on the pedals, one hand on the handlebar. Start pedaling and push yourself away from the wall. Make small circles and then 8’s. Feel the brakes (RIGHT – REAR first!). Change gears, first with the rear derailleur and then with the front.
NOTE: Keep in mind not to push hard on the pedals when changing gears. You can damage the derailleurs or lose balance and fall.
The second method is to put one pedal up and place your foot on it. Then push down on it and sit on the saddle. At the same time, put the second leg on the other pedal and start pedaling.
Both are quite easy ways for those who want to learn how to ride a bike.
Related: Find proper bikes for yourself here.
Step 3: Safety
Alright so now what you want to do is ride you bike for a while so you can get used to it and improve your skill. But first safety.
- Never ride above your capabilities starting out or in a crowd of people
- Always respect others on the route your taking
- Don’r ride your bike so far that you cant ride it back
- Remember pedestrians have the right away
- Avoid running in to foot traffic
- Stay on the right side of any path your on
- Take caution of blind turns
- Always stay alert for cars and remember they may not always see you
- WEAR A HELMET ALWAYS
- Follow any rules or laws in your area
Karen Silhavy Retail Sales Associate and Instructor Karen Silhavy has been with REI in the Chicago area for seven years, outfitting people for cycling and teaching children and adults how to ride a bike.
How Long Does It Take to Learn How to Ride a Motorcycle?
There isn’t a single, definitive answer to this question, as everyone learns differently and at their own pace. Some people can learn to ride a motorcycle in a single day, others may take several days or even weeks. If you feel you may take longer or need extra lessons, that’s perfectly fine. It’s important not to rush the learning process and take your time: you need to learn safely, and you also need to have fun in the process. After all, you’re learning to master a motorcycle for the fun factor!
Remember that getting your motorcycle license doesn’t mean you’re now an expert rider. Even when you pass the test, there is still lots to learn: as you go along, you will face different road, traffic, and weather conditions, so always stay alert, ride defensively, and be on your guard. Skill and confidence will gradually come with time and mileage.
Starting the Motorcycle
Unless you own a vintage motorcycle, your bike has an electronic ignition that makes starting the engine as easy as starting a car. Your bike won’t start unless the kill switch is in the “On” position, so flip it down before you turn the key (the kill switch is usually a red rocker switch operated by the right thumb). Next, turn the key to the “Ignition” position, which is typically to the right.
Make sure you're in neutral, then use your right thumb to push the start button, which is typically located below the kill switch and marked by a logo of a circular arrow surrounding a lightning bolt. Many bikes require you to disengage the clutch while you start the engine. This is simply a precaution to prevent the bike from accidentally lurching forward because it's in gear.
As you hold the start button, the engine will turn over and start to idle. Carbureted bikes might need a slight twist of the throttle as the engine turns over in order to get fuel into the cylinders. Fuel-injected bikes don’t need this.
How to learn with a rear brake?
Try to use the rear braking at the beginning. Ride for 10 mph and stop with mediate braking to your destined point. Try again if you stop late or soon. The best performance of braking is when you don’t skid.
How to brake with front gears?
When you brake with the front brake your body might move you forward. To avoid this you might want a smooth braking technique. you can use rear brakes in most cases, however, for shorter distances use front brakes only.
Make use of the front brake when you are riding your bike slowly. When it is working smoothly try to make a turn.
The Kickstand or Centerstand
Most modern bikes automatically shut off if the kickstand is still down when the bike is put into gear. If your bike isn’t equipped with this feature, make sure you retract the kickstand by literally kicking it up with your left foot and allowing it to tuck underneath the underbody of the bike. Not doing so can be a serious safety hazard.
Center stands, mounted beneath the motorcycle, require the bike to be rocked forward. Stand to the left of the bike, place your left hand on the left handle and straighten the front tire. Place your right foot on the center stand's tang to make sure it's flush on the ground, then push your bike gently forward. The center stand should then click and pop up.
Are there any alternative teaching methods?
The principle of training is the same, the difference lies solely in the approach. You, as a parent, know how to engage your child. Riding the bike is to be broken down into the following steps:
- maintaining balance;
- riding with the help of children;
- riding in autonomy.
A quick method to teach a right-handed child:
- Place the bicycle to the right of the child.
- Let them take the handlebar and drive the bike, turning to the left and to the right. Hold the bicycle, but not too firmly, to enable the child to learn to turn it on their own.
- After that, they should hold on to the seat with their right hand, and the handlebar with their left hand.
- Have the child stand on the pedal with one foot – to place the right foot on the left pedal, standing to the left of the bicycle. The experience will be similar to riding a scooter, because it would be necessary to push off the ground.
- Come closer to the pavement. Have the child place one foot on it and the other one – on the pedal which is located on the other side of the frame and the highest point.
- Have the child push away from the pavement, press on the pedal and start riding.
Training a left-handed child differs in terms of the position of the bicycle near the child. Move from one activity to another after the child overcomes their fear and copes with the task.
How to Ride a Motorcycle Safely?
Motorcycling carries an inherent risk, and that’s why it’s crucial to learn to ride a motorcycle safely. Always wear protective gear when riding and take an MSF course to learn in a safe, controlled way. Once you get your license and start riding on your own, make sure to put in a lot of practice, and never try to ride above your skill level or keep up with faster riders. Speed and skills will come with time and practice; for now, just put as much saddle time in as you can, avoid riding in the dark or in extreme weather, and hone your skills until you feel more confident on the bike.
If, after getting your license, you feel you could benefit from some extra riding lessons, go ahead and book them – there is no such thing as too much learning.
When you’re out on the road for the first time, remember to ride like you’re invisible and keep your distance from other vehicles. Distracted car drivers are the biggest dangers for motorcycle riders, so be sure to ride defensively and stay alert. In traffic, the same applies: keep your distance and always have your eyes peeled, especially at busy intersections. If you’re planning a longer ride or a weekend adventure, keep your daily distances short to avoid fatigue, stop often, and take breaks every 100 miles.
Learning to Ride is a Journey, not a Destination
The first few months of learning to ride are possibly the most dangerous time in your riding career. So remember, you’re playing the long game. The object is not to get up and running on a bike as fast as possible, but to make sure you can stay on the the road for as long as possible.
Even after you attain basic competence on a motorcycle, there will always be room to grow. It’s tempting to think that once you’re comfortable on the street, you’re done learning. But the skills you need to ride defensively go beyond the skills you need on a routine trip to the grocery store.
So, though it might feel like your goal is to get comfortable on a motorcycle, that’s actually only a checkpoint on your journey. Learning to ride is a lifelong endeavor, and by keeping that in mind from the start you’ll position yourself to have a long, happy riding career.
If there’s anything I can do to help you along your journey, please don’t hesitate to ask. Enjoy the ride!
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The Three Pillars of Learning to Ride
As far as I’m concerned, anyone of sound mind and body can learn how to ride, even if they struggle their first (or second) time on the bike. All you need is the commitment and patience to learn one step at a time.
With motorcycles, we tend to behave as if there’s no middle ground — either you’re riding or you’re not. However, as I learned to ride, I realized there were three central skills I needed to be a competent rider. I call them “The Three Pillars of Learning to Ride:”
- Balancing and maneuvering
- Operating the controls
- Navigating traffic
Okay, so it’s not groundbreaking. However, thinking about the individual steps of learning to ride helped me realize that I didn’t have to learn everything at once. And, more importantly, I actually learned better when I only tackled one new skill at a time.
Step 1: Get a Bike
To begin with you must first get a bike to learn on. You want to get a bike that will suit most what you will do with it For Example
Street bike: These bikes are made mostly for traveling on streets, sometimes at high speeds, bike races and just travel. While these bikes do well on cement or the road, any other terrain will prove extremely difficult and will throw off even the most experienced riders
Mountain Bike: This bike was made for adventure. It can literally go anywhere. This bike is best for off-roading such as trails through a forest of through a national park. This bike can take a beating. Good for any terrain
Beach Cruiser: This bike was made for sidewalks. Basically this bike is perfect for going through a park, bike riding with your kid, going through the neighborhood, and anything like that. This bike is not a fast bike but can travel on rough terrains a little bit, such as a dirt road or hard pack dirt.
BMX: This bike was made for skate parks and doing tricks. This bike is perfect if you like being dangerous.
These are the general bikes available while there are more types these are the major ones. Ready now choose which one suits you and we’ll move on
**GET A BIKE WHERE YOU CAN TOUCH THE GROUND WITH BOTH FEET WHILE SITTING DOWN**
Pick Your Place
Once your kid is ready to ride, you need to select the ground where they're going to practice. Dines recommends your yard, the driveway, or pavement at the park. "[Just] somewhere where the terrain is flat and smooth so that the focus can be on mastering balance and confidence without distractions like busy roads, obstacles, or steep hills."
Learning to keep balance
In order to learn how to ride as fast as possible, you will need: correct boarding a bike and keep your balance. A simple exercise will help you develop this skill. Sitting on a bike, you need to hold the handlebars and lift your feet off the ground for a few seconds.
You will notice that you will soon be able to feel balance, maintain balance for longer, and also know if the seat is adjusted correctly for you.
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Tips for parents
Do not buy the means of transport ‘for the years to come’ and for future usage. Choose it according to height and not age. Adjust the height of the front set and the saddle. Ensure your child has got the necessary protective equipment.
Read the step-by-step instruction and learn how and which bicycle to choose for the child.
Before putting the baby on a bicycle, choose the appropriate transport and help them to get rid of fear. Start with a tricycle and then teach them to ride a two-wheeled bike. Use the training wheels to prevent falls. Teach everything step-by-step: from the ability to maintain balance to the abrupt braking at high speed. Find a special approach for the child, support them and repeat all exercises several times.