ADULT WANTS TO LEARN TO BICYCLE ON GIFT BIKE
January 17, 2006
Hello. The boyfriend surprised
me this Christmas by buying me a sports bike. He had this
perfect idea of us riding our bikes together with our group
I have never ridden a bike before,
let alone a mountain bike. Since receiving the bike, I have
tried several times to practice riding it with no success.
I do not know how to balance and I fall off. I have had
bruises and scratches. I am getting frustrated and so is
he. I guess an adult learning to ride a bike is not easy
as when learning it at as a kid. As a kid we have no fear,
we fall, we go back. As an adult, I fall and I have to psyche
myself up to go back to the bike.
Are there training wheels or guide
wheels that can be attached to my sports bike and make it
easier to learn how to ride? Thanks.
Back to questions
Ive never even touched a rifle.
So what if a gun-loving friend gave me one for Xmas? Someone
would probably get hurt.
OK, not too likely. But people do
give their loved ones bikes they cant use, and pain
often ensues. (Ive even devoted a set of interview
questions to the subject.)
Why? People who ride bikes see them
as easy ways to have funso, naturally, they want to
share that fun with a gift. But the gift user often has
problems cuz the bike doesnt fit right or doesnt
suit the kind of riding that the user does.
Youve got a different hurdle
to jump. As youve guessed, learning to ride a bike
as an adult doesnt usually come easy. You probably
wont learn from your boyfriend, who means well but
has never tried to teach this very challenging subject.
Especially with the added pressure of having to perform
like him and your friends.
So what should you do? You could
try training wheels. Theyll at least help you get
comfortable with starting, stopping, pedaling, and steering.
If you do, get ones made for 26-inch wheels (pictured at
right) and you should not use them off-road.
Training wheels wont help
you with the hard part: balance. (In fact, they might delay
your learning of balance.) Luckily, many adults learn bike
balance from a fairly simple method that you can read about
Although I describe it for teaching
kids, the method usually gets taught to adults. Folks in
Chicago, Toronto, and elsewhere have taken a three-hour
class using a specially-fitting bike in a wide-open space
like a parking lot, taught by highly-trained and well-experienced
According to your e-mail address
you live in California, a place filthy with bike instructors.
I suggest you search the League of American Bicyclists
of League-Certified Instructors and ask one to teach
you using the method. If needed they could contact me for