How to Ride a Bike

Our site is dedicated to beginner cycling, and you don’t get much more “beginner” than actually learning how to ride a bike. I have recently had the opportunity to review an e-book called Learn to Ride a Bike that is designed to help you teach a child to ride a bike, but it can also be used by adults trying to learn how to ride a bike step by step.

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How to Start Cycling

With two small kids of my own, I have struggled with how best to teach kids to ride a bike — and also how not to ride a bike.  I’ve only recently finished teaching my kids, and frankly, we had some difficult moments that could have been avoided if I had read the advice in Learn to Ride a Bike.  The author of the book has 20 years of experience in teaching others (including people with special needs) how to ride bicycles.

While Learn to Ride a Bike is written from a perspective of teaching kids how to ride a bike without training wheels, the principles in the book just as easily apply to the topic of  how to ride a bike for adults. One thing I really like about the book is the format: it is told in an easy to read story that covers all of the basic principles, followed by a checklist to give you quick reference to the essentials for teaching someone how to ride a bike.  Topics covered include:

  • Preparing the bike.
  • Getting the rider ready.
  • Choosing the place to ride.
  • How to start from a stop.
  • Proper positioning.
  • How to encourage the rider.

As I mentioned, I truly wish I had read this before teaching my children to ride without training wheels.  I have to admit, there were times I pushed too hard and felt bad about it later.  Some of the ideas in Learn to Ride a Bicycle could have helped me to avoid that tension.

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For more info about the book, >Click Here!<

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Purchasers of the book also get a bonus e-book on how to have a great family bicycle outing.  This is also well thought-out and should save a lot of stress on your family bike outings.  The bonus book goes into detail on topics such as:

  • What to prepare the night before.
  • Proper food and drink before and during the ride.
  • Preparing your equipment.
  • Preparing the route.
  • What to check on the bike.

It also has a quick-reference checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything.  I sincerely believe that this bonus e-book alone is worth the purchase price — as it will save you time and hassle when trying to spend some quality family time on a bike outing.

So, whether you are looking to teach children to ride a bike, or to teach yourself or another adult how to ride a bike, you should check out Learn to Ride a Bike. Full disclosure: if you click through my link to purchase, I will get a referral fee (at no extra cost to you) that helps to keep this site going (thanks!).

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3 comments to How to Ride a Bike

  • Over here most people don’t use training wheels at all. At first children use a ‘Laufrad’ which is like a mini bike without pedals. And than when the kids are safe they graduate onto a bike without problems.

  • admin

    Hi Andy, some people use those here in the U.S. also (often called a “balance bike” here), though other people will say to just get a small bike and take the pedals off. I learned on training wheels and my kids did also. I can see pros and cons of each method.

  • Richard

    No matter how you teach them, YOU need to be the role model to show them the way. I use (for instructional purposes) a 20″ BMX with the pedals (fold-ups) up and the seat lowered so I can demonstrate what I want them to do. It’s monkey see, monkey do.

    Teach them it is a bona fide vehicle (not just a toy) for muscle powered transportation for their entire lives. This is a gift that will keep on giving.

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