Tuesday, 8 December 2009

How to Ride a Bicycle

1. Get a bike.
Don't buy new, since you don't know if you'll stick with it. One size too small is good for learning, but plan to ride on the correct size later. For middle aged adults, get a balance bike without pedals.
2. Wear protective gear.
Shoes are a must - no sandals. Long pants, long sleeves, helmet, and gloves are a good idea.
3. Go somewhere flat and car-free.
Take the bike to a large, vacant paved area (for example, a school parking lot on a weekend). The area should be flat and free of obstacles such as bumps, parked cars, pedestrian traffic, people playing games etc. Grass is softer, but much harder to ride in. Be sure to check whether bicycling is allowed should you select a public park as your practice area.

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