Grownups Learning Cycling Help.

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  1. rvijay07

    rvijay07 New Member

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    I ahve met a few adults who don't know cycling but would like to learn it if they had the chance.

    Are there any special devices that help them to do this ? Any other related sites, info. are welcome.

    Thanks.

    Vijay
     
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  2. Julian G.

    Julian G. New Member

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    Training wheels?

    No seriously- what I think anybody above the age of 10 should learn if getting into cycling are:

    1. Where you ride: ie. not on the sidewalk (since this is usually illegal and unsafe), that you have just as much right to be on the road as everyone else, etc.
    2. Hand signals - since you should be on the road.
    3. The difference between a cheapo wall mart bike and a quality one from a bike shop.
    4. The fact that bikes almost always follow the same laws as cars.
     
  3. batjerk

    batjerk New Member

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    Seen 'em. Big ones. These things are available, but I'm not sure where. One's LBS ought to be able to help out there. However, I believe the best thing to do would be to set the saddle really low and push oneself about until one gets the balance thing down. Then raise it up and practice on the grass some more. With basic balance mastered, one should head to a large, empty parking lot and learn some basic bike handling skills, e.g., riding in a straight line while looking somewhere other than straight ahead.

    Or, at least, they should. This should be number three. Department store vs. real bike differences can be last. (One can still ride a department store bike, even if they aren't the greatest wheels out there.)
     
  4. kdelong

    kdelong Well-Known Member

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    One big point that has been left out is making sure that the bike is the right fit. If not, it's going to be uncomfortable and they won't ride it anyway.:(
     
  5. Julian G.

    Julian G. New Member

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    I didn't put in any particular order there... but that works.
     
  6. gotundersteer?

    gotundersteer? New Member

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    Also, getting on the bike.


    I tried to start from the seat, like it did with my mountain bike.





    Best thing to do is grab the brake, plant on foot in the pedal and have the other on the ground. Mount the seat, give the pedal a push, and you should have enough speed to get your foot right in the toe clip and/or clip in.
     
  7. ::dom::

    ::dom:: New Member

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    I've tought a few adults how to cycle using this simple method. The longest took 2 hours, the fastest around 30mins.

    1. Take the pedals off.

    2. Lower the seat so that learner can put both feet flat on the ground while sitting on the saddle.

    3. Find a quiet road (a least 100m of road) that has a slight incline and start at the top.

    4. Let the learner coast down the road by taking their feet off the ground and freewheeling. They can brake when they feel unsteady or feel they are going too fast.

    5. When they can go all the way without putting their feet down (repeat a few times) put the pedals back on.

    6. Then they can start pedaling... that's it! :)
     
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