The Cycling Bug beginner’s guide to how to ride a bike

The Cycling Bug beginner’s guide to how to ride a bike

Sounds simple, and for the large part – it is. But as with everything in life if you don’t know how… something simple can seem surprisingly difficult.

Follow The Cycling Bug’s 8 basic rules of how to ride a bike and your first ride needn’t be a nightmare.

Tell us your learning to ride stories, and share your cycling tips here.

Find a safe place to practice

Although it sounds like it might not be the softest landing spot should the unthinkable happen and you fall, concrete or tarmac offers the best place to learn balance and control of a bike. But if you are really worried about the hard ground you can go on short cut grass or even compacted gravel, but these areas will make it slightly harder to balance and pedal.

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Never had a bike as a child but at 64 i want to learn to ride now but it scares the life out of me got no balance what so ever but will keep on trying.

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I had not ridden a bike for 40 years and recently started free cycling tuition with Bikeright Newcastle. I,ve had 5 lessons but struggling with my confidence. Don't think I,ll ever go on roads but just want to have fun with my partner tootling around country parks. I'll persevere and hope to start enjoying it eventually.

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I am slow and wobbly! Really struggle with the gears on my Trek Hybrid. Can't get up hills but did complete a 30 mile sportive last August. Don't cycle in winter but can't wait until it warms up so I can go out again. Have to go on roads until I reach the track. Scary as so many drivers looking at phones and sat navs!

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I am struggling but determined.. Have just started to LEARN @ a young 54 and although daunting, my partner is a fantastic support, as is his friend who cycles very much. I will not go out on road yet and am certainly considering a local council scheme for beginners. (I never had a bike as a child)

So if you see a worried red head around Southend airport area, that will be me, with a blue helmet on.....:-)

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as easy as riding a bike isn't easy :)

I started riding again in December after a 30 year break and I still wobble all over the place I feel like I should have L plates - I stick to the cycle track because I'm far too scared to go on the road but other cyclists must wonder what on earth I'm doing on a bike - everyone has been very nice though, no rude comments at least not within my hearing distance but I am slow :-D

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As easy as riding a bike...

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