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How to Ride a Bike

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Uploaded on Jan 22, 2010

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Learning to ride a bike takes patience. You'll likely crash and fall a few times. But once you've mastered it, you'll never forget.


Step 1: Put on your helmet and gloves
Strap your helmet on and put on your gloves.

Step 2: Sit on the bike
Sit on the bike with your feet on the ground and grab the handlebars.

Step 3: Practice braking
Practice braking. If you have hand brakes, squeeze them so you know what it feels like to stop the bike. If it's a coaster brake, practice pedaling backward until the brake stops you from pedaling anymore.

Step 4: Have friend hold bike & put feet on pedals
Have your friend steady the bike, then put your feet on the pedals.

Step 5: Pedal the bike
Start pedaling, not too quickly that you lose control, but fast enough to maintain momentum. Have your friend run along with you, keeping the bike steady.

Tip
The faster you go, the easier it is for the bike to stay upright.

Step 6: Have your friend let go
When you reach a speed that will keep you upright, your friend can let go.

Step 7: Keep pedaling, even if you turn
You might wobble or turn without meaning to. Just keep pedaling! As long as you're moving forward, you should stay upright.

Step 8: Brake and start up on your own
You're riding a bike! Ride around, getting used to the feeling. When you feel comfortable, brake, then practice starting up on your own.

Did You Know?
Rubber tires, paved roads, and jockstraps were all first invented for bicyclists in the late 1800s.

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