How to Ride a Bike as an Adult

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I made a decision—we were going to be a bike-riding family. The issue was—my partner had never been on a cycle in his life.

I knew unless he learned how to cope on two wheels, he would feel excluded, and my planned excursions with our daughter would never come to pass.

Thankfully, teaching him to cycle was simple.

Here’s the comprehensive yet easy explanation of how to ride a bike as an adult.

Top Tips for Learning to Ride

  • Choose a quiet and spacious location.
  • Only practice in the daylight.
  • Wear high visibility clothing.
  • Begin with balance coasting.
  • Always look forward.

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Getting Started

 

I learned how to ride a bike as a child.

However, work, starting a family and the lazy-attractiveness of driving my car meant that for many years, my cycle rusted away at the back of the garage.

When I initially resolved to return to two wheels—admittedly, I was nervous. But, the adage was correct—you never forget how to ride a bikea fact proven by the University of Tokyo.

But what about those adults who have never sat in the saddle?

There’s a common belief that if you didn’t gain cycling skills as a child, then you’ve missed your opportunity.

Absolute tosh.

As long as you have a butt to sit on a bike seat and hands to steer—you can cycle.

The key to riding is balance—and you already have that skill—well, assuming you don’t fall over every time you stand up. Perhaps the only barriers to learning to bike in later years are anxiety and apprehension.

Let’s face it—kids are pretty fearless.

Remember how many times as a child you fell during play—but you just brushed yourself down and carried on. The problem is as grown-ups, we lose this bravery. We overthink everything, and consider all the possible negative outcomes—even if they’re highly unlikely.

And, falling off your bike when you learn cycling as an adult is rare. Furthermore, take the necessary precautions, and even if this does occur—it’s highly doubtful you’ll do yourself a mischief.

So, get into the mindset of a child—and follow the below guidelines.

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Choose the Correct Location

When you first learn how to ride a bike—selecting the perfect location from the outset increases your safety and means a more comfortable and relaxed experience.

The factors that your ‘cycling classroom’ require are as follows:

  • Level ground—this means it’s easier to balance your bike, propel the pedals, and prevents momentum increasing your speed to uncontrollable rates.
  • Smooth terrain—rough ground can destabilize you—later, you will work up to riding on more uneven land.
  • Free from traffic—ensuring you’re not endangering yourself or others.

If you have an expansive yard or driveway—these are excellent training areas. If not, public areas such as a wide sidewalk or empty parking lot are suitable alternatives.

However, if you are using public land and paths—check your local regulations.

Some areas prohibit the use of cycles. For example, the state of New South Wales in Australia forbids anyone over the age of 16 from riding a bike on sidewalks.

Practice Cycling in the Daylight

When you’re more experienced—you will be cycling in daylight and moonlight. However, as a beginner, always practice your riding skills when you have natural light.

The early days of two-wheeled training will inevitably involve a fair amount of stopping, starting, swerving and swaying. If in the unlikely event you leave the sidewalk, you may end up in traffic that will find it difficult to see you at night.

Furthermore, you need good visibility. As a novice cyclist, you’ll initially be concentrating on your balance—meaning you’re paying less attention to the environment around you. The more clearly you can see potential obstacles, the safer it is for you.

Picking and Using the Correct Equipment and Clothing

Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting you head out to your local sports store to purchase any Day-Glo Lycra. Well, unless that’s your bag.

However, choosing riding clothing that is both practical and promotes safety is essential. Here are the items I consider indispensable for the cycling newbie.

Total Clothing Coverage

In the highly unlikely event you fall off your cycle—wearing long-sleeved pullovers and shirts combined with full-length pants can prevent scratches and scrapes.

However, avoid anything baggy on the lower half—as these can become trapped in the bike. This may cause you to experience an unwanted dismount, displaced chain or wrecked clothing.

Even though you’re not riding at night—wearing bright colors will still increase your visibility to others. If you’re a more reserved type and don’t own any vivid attire, you can purchase very affordable cycling armbands, reflectors, vests and tabards.

Footwear

Wear shoes with a decent sole that allow you to grip the pedals tightly—sneakers are ideal.

As there may be some inadvertent scuffing in your first attempts on a cycle, it’s wise not to use your ‘best’ footwear.

In all circumstances—avoid open-toed shoes such as flip flops or sandals. Exposed toes could lead to some painful cuts and scrapes.

Protective Padding

If you’re really concerned about having an injury—or your first attempts on a cycle have led to accidents which are deterring you from pursuing the hobby any further—get hold of some knee and elbow pads.

These will protect the joints should you fall off—and can provide an additional sense of security, boosting confidence.

Cycling Helmet

Whether it’s your first time on a cycle, or you’ve been riding every day since a child, a helmet is as essential as the bike itself.

The truth is, you never know when an accident will happen. Even if you’re incredibly skilled as a rider, you can’t account for unforeseen issues such as hidden potholes, wayward pedestrians, other traffic, a wild animal, or a sudden gust of wind.

You will never see a professional cyclist without head protection—so follow their example.

Head injuries are the most common cause of death in cyclists—so wear a helmet.

When you look at the facts, it’s a no-brainer—or rather, a brain-protector. Research from over 55 individual studies indicates that wearing a cycling helmet:

  • Reduces head injuries by 48 percent.
  • Lowers the incidence of serious head injuries by 60 percent.
  • Decreases traumatic brain injury by 53 percent.
  • Reduces face injuries by 23 percent.
  • Lowers the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured by 34 percent.

For a helmet to be effective—it has to be the correct size for your head. It should fit tightly, yet comfortably, and sit around 1.5 inches above your eyebrows.

Here’s how to choose and adjust these essential pieces of safety equipment:

  1. Manufacturers base cycle helmet sizes on the circumference of the head. So use a tape measure to identify its size—get a friend to assist if you find that easier. Take the measurement from just above your eyebrows.
  2. If you don’t have a fabric tape measure, use a piece of string and then lay along a metal measure or ruler.
  3. Now you have the correct size, and you can purchase a helmet.
  4. Put the head protector on.
  5. Place your index and middle fingers together and put them directly above your eyebrow—if the helmet touches the uppermost finger, it’s in the correct position.
  6. Many head protectors have a twistable rear adjuster—turn so that the helmet is tightly secured (but not so much that it’s uncomfortable).
  7. Place the strap under your chin and tighten.
  8. Gently shake your head from side to side and up and down—if the helmet doesn’t move—you’ve fitted it correctly.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyhyrITHDgw

Make Yourself Visible

I mentioned wearing bright clothing to ensure others see you—but also make the same effort with your bike.

At the very least, if not already fitted, attach reflectors to your wheel spokes and pedals. And even though you will not be practicing in the dark, fit a white headlight and red tail light for a belt-and-braces approach.

Then, should you be so committed to your practicing, you don’t notice dusk setting in—you’re prepared.

Adjust the Bike Seat and Test the Brakes

As you become more proficient, you’ll eventually have the seat so that you’re on tiptoes while seated on the saddle.

However, as a beginner, raise or lower it (by adjusting the securing bolts beneath) so that you can have both feet flat on the floor when in the sitting position. This can provide added stability and a sense of security should you lose balance.

Now, the brakes.

Ironically, before you start to move, you have to learn to stop.

Not only is this a necessary safety precaution—but it will also boost your confidence, knowing that you will not be careering uncontrollably downhill in a comical yet somewhat dangerous manner.

The majority of cycles have a front and rear brake, operated by levers on the handlebars.

Typically, the left operates the rear, and the right the front (although these can be swapped around by a professional).

Admittedly, there are alternative stopping systems. Some bikes employ a coaster brake that activates when you pedal backward—but the most common configuration is the levers.

Don’t get on your bike yet.

Hold both handle grips and push your cycle along the sidewalk. Every so often, apply the brakes—noticing the amount of pressure you require to stop the cycle adequately. Ideally, use the rear brake first—then the front.

This method is important.

Notice how the rear brake on its own makes the back wheel skid, while the front brake pitches the bike forward. Applying just the front brake alone at speed can lead to you flipping over the handlebars—as your momentum pushes you over the foremost wheel.

When you’re comfortable with handling the stopping system—it’s time to get moving on two wheels.

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Practice Getting on and off the Bike

Depending on the frame configuration of your cycle—you either mount by stepping through or over.

A step-through frame has a lowered top-bar, which you commonly find on ‘traditional’ women’s bikes. To get on board, stand by the side of your cycle, grasp both handgrips, and step one leg sideways—as if you’re climbing into a bath.

For a step-over, again stand sideways-on to your cycle, holding the handgrips and swing your leg over and around the saddle—like the trail leg on an athletic hurdler.

In both styles of bike—complete the process in reverse to dismount.

Practice climbing on and off your cycle until you’re completely comfortable. This is a useful technique to master—as you may have to dismount at lights, to scale a sidewalk curb, or in areas where local regulations forbid riding.

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Start Moving!

 

You’ve taken all the necessary precautions and made the vital checks—now it’s time for the fun, cycling itself!

Scooting, Pedaling and Coasting

You’re probably aware of balance bikes—children’s two-wheeled cycles with no pedals. The idea is, the little kiddies sit on them and scoot along on their feet—learning to balance.

You’re going to do precisely the same (well on an adult bike, not a child’s).

Theoretically, you could remove the pedals and cranks to replicate these training machines entirely. However, personally, I believe that utilizing the pedals during your early practice sessions will boost familiarity and speed up the pedaling learning curve.

Just before we get started, a quick word of advice.

You may have a temptation to begin your training on grass—theoretically providing a softer landing should you fall.

Don’t do this.

Firstly, the chances of you having a mishap that leaves you lying on the floor are unlikely. Secondly, cycling on grass is extremely hard work. Instead, choose a nice and level stretch of concrete, tarmac or sidewalk.

Anyway, here are the steps.

Balance Scooting

  1. Mount your cycle, sit in the saddle and hold the handgrips—in the manner I described earlier.
  2. Support yourself with both feet planted firmly on the floor.
  3. Ensure your cycle is as upright as possible, not leaning to one side.
  4. Check the path ahead is clear of pedestrians or obstructions.
  5. Look straight ahead at all times—never look at the ground.
  6. Propel yourself forward with both feet.
  7. As soon as you begin to move, lift both feet off the floor.
  8. Initially, splay your legs outwards, keeping them perfectly straight while not touching the ground. This will aid in attaining perfect balance (like a tightrope walker’s pole).
  9. Try to hold an upright position for as long as possible. If you feel yourself tipping to one side, lean slightly to the other to compensate—and I mean slightly.
  10. If you find that you can’t control the bike at any point—gently apply the brakes and support yourself on one or both feet. Then push yourself off and start again.
  11. Repeat, repeat, repeat and—repeat.
  12. Once you believe you have mastered balance scooting, it’s time for the next step.

Pedal Coasting

Now we’re going to up the ante by beginning to use the pedals—although only to commence your movement and to support your feet.

  1. Sit astride your bike on the saddle, with both feet on the floor, holding the handgrips.
  2. Maneuver one of the pedals (with your dominant side) into an eleven o’clock position.
  3. Place the balls of this same foot on this pedal.
  4. Keep yourself upright and stable with your other foot on the ground.
  5. Looking forward, push down on the pedal to propel yourself along the path.
  6. Lift your other foot onto the vacant pedal. At this time, they’re purely providing support—don’t rotate them.
  7. Use the skills you learned in balance scooting to keep yourself upright.
  8. Apply the brakes to stop—first rear, then the front.
  9. Repeat until perfectly comfortable.

Pedaling

We’re nearly there—just a few more steps, and you’ll be cycling!

  1. As in pedal coasting—mount your bike, pedal in the eleven o’clock position and propel yourself forward.
  2. When you begin to move, place your supporting foot on the spare pedal.
  3. Begin pedaling at a moderate speed. The faster you go, the more momentum you will carry, making balance easier—but it’s important to remain in control.
  4. Remain upright for as long as possible—until you either lose balance or run out of space.
  5. To stop, apply your brakes.
  6. Repeat until comfortable—then practice cycling at the more challenging lower speeds.

That’s it! Well done! You’re now cycling!

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Top Tips for Adult Cycling Beginners

Here are some quick words of advice to increase the safety and efficacy of your first cycling experiences.

Keep Looking Forward

This is essential.

You need to know where you’re going—to ensure you don’t hit any obstacles. The further you can see, the earlier you can either adjust your speed or steering.

Furthermore, it promotes good habits. When you’re out on the road, not only is it essential to be conscious of traffic and pedestrians—but good visible awareness means noticing and reacting to important highway signs.

Additionally, looking forwards helps with balance. Coming back to the tightrope walker analogy again—they always place their eyes on their intended destination—never their feet.

Don’t Worry About Steering

In the early stages, don’t become disheartened if your coasting pattern is more circular than straight—steering ability will grow.

The most important step is to master balance—the rest can wait.

Relax!

I know it’s easy for me to say relax when you’re trying something completely new—but it will seriously help.

Slightly bent elbows and an untensed upper body makes both balancing and steering much more straightforward. A few deep breaths before you start moving can work wonders.

Hold onto the Handlebars

Ok, I know it’s a little obvious, but don’t become too confident and start one-handed cycling just yet.

Only when you’re fully in control of your bike—with perfect spatial awareness, balance, braking and steering, should you consider removing a hand. What’s more, you should only do this for a specific reason—signaling, retrieving a water bottle, changing gear, etc.

Two-handed riding provides much greater stability and therefore is safer.

Use Your Brakes

From the first time you mount your cycle—only use the brakes to stop, not your feet.

From a purely practical angle—braking with the soles of your shoes will completely wreck your footwear. More importantly, it can be dangerous.

Not only can your feet become trapped beneath you—stopping in this manner will propel your upper body forwards, making you collide with the handlebars and leading to an unintentional (and possibly painful) dismount.

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Developing Your Cycling Ability

 

So, you can pedal and balance—but that’s not the end of the training!

To learn how to cycle correctly—you need to practice all the necessary skills that road-riding involves.

Improve Your Steering

In the how to ride a bicycle steps I mentioned earlier—you will have inadvertently gained some steering expertise, it’s inevitable.

However, I fully recommend taking specific steps to ensure that your ability to maneuver your cycle is at optimum levels.

Find a relatively flat and expansive area, such as a closed or empty parking lot. In a straight line, lay out some markers at eight feet intervals such as cones, jumpers, or aluminum cans. In fact, anything that will neither damage you or your bike is suitable.

Weave in and out of these markers. When you reach the end of the line, turn the cycle around (without dismounting or putting your feet on the floor—if space permits), and repeat.

As your skills elevate, reduce the spacing between the markers and re-ride the route. Keep bringing them closer together as you progress, until their distance virtually equates the length of your cycle.

Practice Coasting on Slopes

Downhill runs are fun—but they do involve some crucial elements of control.

Their attraction lies in they’re effortless—you allow gravity to do the work—saving your energy and your muscles.

However, the steeper the slope, the more momentum, and therefore speed you will carry. This can mean shooting along the road at an unsafe speed.

1. Find a very gentle decline—and either walk or cycle to the top.

2. Sitting astride your bike, propel yourself forward with the pedals to begin your descent—and then coast (i.e., let gravity pull you down the slope, no pedaling).

3. Resist any temptation to move your feet.

4. As you reach the foot of the decline, allow the bike to slow down naturally, and then finally brake to stop.

Practice Descending and Climbing Hills

It’s time to take things a step further.

Ideally, find an area that’s quite undulating. That is, a hill, followed by a flatter basin, and then meeting another hill. If that doesn’t fit your locale, don’t worry. One decline is fine, you’ll just need to turn around again at the bottom and reclimb the same mount!

1. Starting at the top of the hill, begin your descent by pushing off with the pedals.

2. Coast down the hill, controlling any areas where you feel your speed is becoming excessive with your brakes—then release and let gravity retake control.

3. Keep coasting when you reach the foot of the hill until you’re required to begin pedaling again.

4. Slightly increase your speed as you approach the next incline—this builds your momentum, making climbing the hill easier.

5. Depending on the slope, you may need to lift your butt from the saddle and lean forward—to increase the amount of power you can deliver through the pedals.

In the perfect scenario, repeat this procedure as often as you require to become comfortable. However, as the uphill sections may take a large amount of effort, take breaks if you need to.

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Grass and Uneven Terrain

If you live in the USA, there are over 13000 miles of dedicated cycling paths and routes covering an expansive 26 different states.

But, many of these are un-tarmacked.

Riding on uneven and loose terrain is challenging—but opens up a whole new world of biking.

I wouldn’t recommend any off-roading until you’ve completely mastered all the previous skills. However, once you can balance, pedal and steer, there’s nothing stopping you from taking your cycle onto some grass.

Riding on this vegetation is a solid introduction to rough-road biking. It’s uneven, lumpy and hard-going and provides a good foundation for more difficult ground.

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Had Enough? Dismount Safely

 

Once you’ve finished for the day—either because you’re exhausted or night is drawing in—it’s time to dismount.

  1. Stop in a safe location. If you’ve been riding on the road, pull in close to the curbside.
  2. Look over both shoulders to check there are no pedestrians, cyclists or motor vehicles approaching you from behind.
  3. With both hands on the handlebars, and one foot on the floor—dismount by either stepping-through or sweeping your leg over the saddle.
  4. Always ensure you step to the side away from traffic.

Safety and Precautionary Tips

 

You’ve now grasped the basics of how to bike—give yourself a massive pat on the back!

However, cycling is a continual learning experience. As you progress, your knowledge will rapidly expand. To give you a head start, here’s my advice on becoming the safest and most road-savvy rider.

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Plan Your Route

Whether you’re heading out just for some cycling practice, or you have a particular destination to reach—always plan your journey. If you’re not too familiar with an area, or are unsure if there’s an alternative route, an app such as Google Maps can be an indispensable tool.

Depending on your reason for travel, some factors that are worthy of your consideration are:

Distance and Time

It may be that time and/or distance aren’t important factors in your ride, especially if you’re just on the road for a weekend leisurely ride.

However, if you need to make an appointment, or only have a small time-window to practice your riding, planning your course is essential. Remember that the fastest route for a motor vehicle isn’t always the quickest for a cycle.

Major Roads

When you learn to bike, you limit your experience of road traffic, as you’re practicing in relatively car-free zones.

Hence, hitting a vehicle-heavy highway can be daunting and dangerous.

Prior planning can enable you to avoid these densely motorized areas—or alternatively—allow you to gain experience by incrementally choosing busier thoroughfares gradually.

Terrain

If you currently lack fitness or strength—choosing the correct route can help you avoid challenging terrain such as steep hills. Conversely, if you’re looking for a workout, you may want to seek out tougher inclines.

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Buy a Repair Kit

Don’t just learn to bike, learn to look after your bike!

Trust me—despite all your careful riding and precautions—issues will occur. This can range from displaced chains, spongy brakes, loose pedals, and, of course, punctures.

Many new bikes come with an all-in-one tool—usually including the correct screwdriver and hex heads to adjust your cycle. Unfortunately, they are often mass-produced and will not stand up to much use.

So, treat yourself to a good quality bicycle repair kit. This should include:

  • Spare inner tube.
  • Puncture kit.
  • Tire levers.
  • Quality multi-tool or different wrenches.
  • CO2 cartridges.
  • CO2 valve.
  • Cycle pump.
  • Duct tape and zip ties.

However, it’s no use having all the correct tools if they’re in a drawer at home—and you’re miles away from civilization on your cycle. Hence, when you climb on your bike, always check you have these essential pieces of equipment with you. Whether it’s in your backpack, panniers or frame bag—it’s crucial that your kit comes with you on every journey.

And, learn how to use it!

Don’t wait until a breakdown happens. Take time to understand the tools in your bag—and how to troubleshoot cycle issues if they should occur—before you head out on your ride.

Video: https://youtu.be/Q2sKMqB9QCg

Don’t Try to Talk on the Phone or Listen to Music While You’re Riding

I know it’s tempting to accompany your cycling excursions with some tunes, or call your bestie to tell them what an amazing time you’re having out on the road—but don’t.

You need to be fully aware of your surroundings at all times. Playing with smartphones or iPods is distracting—listening to music or chatting while wearing earbuds means you cannot hear the traffic.

Research from the Netherlands indicates that riding while enjoying your favorite beats has a negative effect on your perception of the sounds that are vital for safe cycling.

Bring Food and Water on Longer Rides

At the very least, you need to carry water with you every time you’re in the saddle.

Not only is hydration essential for health, but drinking sufficient water also increases your performance levels—allowing you to ride longer and harder.

Many new bikes arrive complete with a water bottle—others include frame mountings to allow you to retrofit a third party drink holder. Alternatively, if you’re not keen on removing your grip on the handlebars to take in liquids—there are numerous back-mounted hydration packs available. These allow you to take in vital fluids without letting go of the cycle.

Furthermore, I recommend taking some sustenance in the form of food with you—especially on longer rides. This can replenish vital energy stores—and together with water—can be a lifesaver should you become lost.

If you’re short on space, or want to keep weight to a minimum, consider including a nutritious energy bar on your journeys.

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Perform a Health Check Before Heading Out

Giving your cycle a once-over before your rides means a safe, and hopefully, breakdown-free experience.

Prior to hitting the road, make sure you check the ABC’s:

A- Air

Check your tires!

You don’t need a puncture to have the incorrect tire pressure—weather and temperature fluctuations can also affect the fullness of your tires.

Too much or too little pressure can lead to flats or an uncomfortable ride.

The amount you need depends on the type of tire and the surface you will be cycling on. Generally speaking, the firmer the surface, the harder your tires need to be,

Cycle tire pressure gauges are easy to get hold of and will not break the bank.

B- Brakes

Before heading out, always check your brakes are working and that the pads (where fitted) are in good condition.

Spin each wheel individually—lift it off the ground and rotate with your hand. Check the pads aren’t rubbing the rims. If this is ok, then apply the levers to both front and back while the wheels are spinning—ensure they bring the wheel to a quick stop.

C- Chain

Examine your chain for cleanliness and broken links.

Excessive debris in the chain may cause it to lose its hold on the cogs—or in worst-case scenarios, lead to breakage.

Additionally, ensure the chain is well-oiled and moves effortlessly on the derailleur when you shift.

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Obey All Traffic Laws

From the first day you climb onto a cycle—always make sure you follow the traffic laws required by your local or national governing body.

These regulations are there to protect you and others on the road. Furthermore, failure to adhere to these rules may land you into trouble with the authorities—and hit you hard on the wallet.

Make yourself familiar with the laws specific to your home country or state. Additionally, if you’re on a cycling vacation, take time to study the regulations of your destination—as these may well differ from those you are accustomed to.

Some key points to remember:

Your Bike is a Vehicle Too

Just because your cycle doesn’t have an engine—that doesn’t mean it isn’t a vehicle.

A minority of irresponsible riders consider themselves exempt from traffic regulations—and assume being on two wheels gives them a license to act how they wish on the highways.

Remember—bikes are considered vehicles, and riders must adhere to all traffic signs, lights, and crosswalks. In the USA, this is the law under the Uniform Vehicle Code. Not only does this document ensure that cyclists have the same rights as automobiles, but also that they have the same responsibilities.

Ride With the Flow of Traffic

Generally speaking, cyclists must ride in the direction of travel of all other traffic.

However, in some countries, there are exceptions.

For example, in many one-way streets in Ghent and Paris, local regulations allow two-wheelers to go in the opposite direction to automobiles.

Ride on the Right (Usually)

The majority of countries ride on the right-hand side of the road—including most of Europe, the USA, China, Canada and Russia.

However, there are some exceptions where rules dictate that cyclists and automobiles must travel on the left side—the UK, Japan, India, Australia and New Zealand.

Always familiarize yourself with your local laws or those of countries that you’re visiting.

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Ride in Single File

In 39 states of the USA, the law permits cyclists to ride two abreast—but just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

This can place the outer rider in danger—as overtaking automobiles may struggle to pass in the face of oncoming traffic.

Stay Where Drivers Expect You to Be

Always remain on the correct side of the road and around 20 inches from the curb or road edge.

This means motor traffic doesn’t have to venture into the opposite side of the road to overtake. Furthermore, should there be a blind bend, you’re less at risk—as you aren’t in the middle of the highway.

Don’t Ride on Sidewalks

Your place is on the road—sidewalks are for pedestrians.

In most USA cities and states, riding on the sidewalk is illegal unless you are 12 years of age or younger.

That being said, some areas, such as Boulder, Colorado—have multi-use pavements for both walkers and riders.

Use Bike Lanes or Designated Areas

For safety reasons, and to avoid traffic congestion, try to use bike lanes or portions of highways specifically intended for cycles.

These can be denoted by specific paint markings—or protected from motor vehicles by plastic or concrete bollards.

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Use Hand Signals

When turning corners, overtaking or slowing down—use hand signals to indicate to other vehicles your intentions.

Not only is this a matter of courtesy, but it also adds to your safety as other road users don’t have to guess your next move.

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has produced a handy document graphically explaining the important signals.

Be Aware of Other Cyclists, Pedestrians and Cars

It would be incredible if it were just you, your cycle and the open road—but unfortunately, it’s a shared environment.

Hence, always remain alert to other cyclists, walkers and automobiles and try to anticipate their next action. This will increase both your and their safety.

Always Lock Your Bike

Unsavory types may wish to deprive you of your cycle—making a quick buck for themselves and ruining your hobby.

Over two million bikes are stolen in the USA every year—so don’t help to increase that statistic by one more.

Investing in a quality chain, cable or D-lock is the most cost-effective way of protecting your pride and joy.

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How to Ride a Bike as an Adult Summary

 

Learning how to ride a bike as an adult isn’t complicated or impossible.

With a little perseverance, you will open up a whole new world of adventures and locations that you would otherwise never enjoy on foot or in your car. What’s more, these are experiences you can savor with the whole family.

Follow my tips, be brave, and you’ll soon join the ranks of the billion happy cyclists around the world.

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