There’s a common misconception that if you didn’t learn to ride a bike as a kid, you’ve missed your chance. You can always learn to balance a bike, if you commit to do it. After all, learning to ride as an adult is no harder than learning as a kid, as long as you take the same step-by-step approach to the process—and push grown-up fear and nerves out of the way. All you need is a bike and a safe, wide-open place to practice, like an empty parking lot or park.
Today, I will teach you How do you balance a bike?
Step 1: Set up your bike
It all starts with your bike, so set up properly. First make sure you can stand over your bike without the top tube pressing into you. Lower your saddle so you can sit on it with your feet just resting on the ground. You should be able to reach the handlebars and brakes comfortably.
Step 2: Practice getting on and off
To mount the bike, lean it toward you while applying the brakes so it doesn’t roll or wobble. Apply the brakes again when getting off the bike.
Step 3: Get used to braking
Braking is a crucial skill that will give you a lot of confidence starting out. Walk next to your bike and push it down the street while practicing pulling on the brakes to stop. Make sure you apply pressure evenly on both brakes.
Related post: Best Stretches for Cyclists.
Step 4: Learn to glide
Now you’re ready to start moving. The basic “balance method” is to involve scooting on the bike with your feet. Scooting along helps them to learn the feeling of balancing on two wheels. Also, the aim is to push off and get both their feet off the ground for as long as they can. If they need to put one foot down to correct their balance, then they put both down and start again.
Once they can glide along without touching their feet down to correct themselves, they are ready to begin pedaling. Practice your glide until you can keep your feet up for three seconds.
Related post: What You should Do to Have Successful Bike Training Ride.
Step 5: Hone your balance and vision
If you’ve ridden a scooter before with both feet on the platform, you should be able to balance on two wheels. Look toward where you want to go, instead of focusing on obstacles to avoid. Keep your eyes up and always look ahead instead of down. It will help you maintain balance and follow your line of vision.
Once you can maintain balance while gliding and have mastered braking and keeping your vision steady, you’re ready to pedal. Start with one foot on the ground and the opposite foot on a pedal in the two o’clock position to give you some momentum when you push off. Then push down on the pedal and add your other foot as you move forward. You’ll notice the faster you pedal, the easier it is to maintain your balance. Practice pedaling circles around the park or parking lot. Once you develop confidence, get off the bike and move your seat up so that your feet reach the pedals with only a very slight bend. Practice navigating cones or obstacles until you get the hang of it. You now know how to balance a bike.
Thanks Bicycling for their great article.