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anyone else can't ride a bike?


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random but I wanna know how many people out there who, like me, can't ride a bike. just never learnt. really want to cos it's a great way to get exercise but where am i meant to learn where there's not people watching!? anyone else with me or am I just a retard lol
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Well, I can definitely ride a bike.. But, let me tell you it's not very hard at all.  Just get a small bike first (so you want have far to fall, if you do).  You could get training wheels, but if you don't want people to see you, than that's probably not a good idea.Once you do it once or twice, it's really no problem.   Find some kid's bike and try it out.  You can do it.
Well, I'm not with you in that I DO know how to ride a bike.  In fact, I take it to work every morning and to friends' houses on the weekends, run errands, etc.  It saves a LOT of money on gas and, like you said, it's good exercise.

But I can give you a couple suggestions.  First, don't be embarrassed by the fact that you don't know how to ride.  It is something that (I think) EVERYONE should learn to do.  Just because you're a little older, doesn't mean it's too late.  Actually, my ex-boyfriend's Dad never learned to swim ... he's 55 ... so finally last summer, we taught him.

Once you know how to ride a bike you don't forget.  It's really just about balance and steering.  I suggest investing in a bike from a store like, say, Target... because they're your basic bikes and are pretty inexpensive.  Or get a used one from a bike shop that sells them, or just borrow a neighbor's for a week or two. 

Then find a big, mostly empty parking lot or other large paved area.  Bring a buddy.  You may even want to wear elbow and knee pads... just because I have fallen many a time (when I was younger) and skinned both knees and elbows pretty bad.  Of course, you'll need to wear a helmet.

Then hop on.  You may want your buddy to hold on to the back of it as you pedal, to help you balance.  GO SLOW, but not too slow that you fall off.  If you think you're going to fall, stop and put your feet down.  Or jump off and ditch the bike.  Keep trying, with your buddy hanging on to help you balance, and slowly letting go more and more so you can take control of the balance factor. 

Remember that on a bike, you shouldn't take too sharp of turns or stop too quickly.  Watch for big bumps in the road... if you're going too fast they could stop your bike and you'll do what is known as the "superman dive" over the handlebars.  NOT FUN!  Trust me, I've done it.

It'll take some practice, but you can do it.  And it's well worth it!  Then maybe instead of walking to work... you could bike!  It's a lot of fun.  

It might be a good idea to talk to a local bike shop in your area for tips on learning to ride.  My parents just basically shoved us along, and then hollered tips like "brakes!" or "slow down!" and "turn!".  Some people can't really learn the way I mentioned above.  So talking to a bike shop in town, they should give you even better suggestions. 

But don't try doing it alone the first time, you'll probably need help and advice from someone who knows how to ride.

Good luck, it's SOOO worth it!  Oh, and be safe!
I used to be able to ride a bike when I was a kid...but, I tried the other day just for the heck of it and barely got 3 feet lol!! I guess I forgot how to keep my balance on it!
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I learned how to ride a bike 4 years ago. My husband bought me one for my 28th birthday and then taught me how to ride it. He thought it would be nice to take evening bike rides after work. Sounds nice, but I hated it. I can ride it, but I never do.
This is about an exercise bike. I bought one and can't fit on it so I can't ride it yet. I hope to get to the point of being able to ride it.

I do know how to ride a regular bike but when I got on one I got very scared. so I think biking will be on my goal list maybe next year.

Donna 

random but I wanna know how many people out there who, like me, can't ride a bike. just never learnt. really want to cos it's a great way to get exercise but where am i meant to learn where there's not people watching!? anyone else with me or am I just a retard lol

 

Hi,


I used to ride a bike all the time several years ago although I never felt completely comfortable, not for size, but for having control of the bike.  I just spent a significant amount of time looking for a small bike (I'm 5'1).  I found a really nice one that fit for $299.  Tested it out around the corner a few time and was thrilled to have a bike again.  When I was testing the gears, getting use to it on a non-traffic street,  I just didn't feel confident and as I was making an easy wide turn, I completely fell off the bike and I hurt myself a lot.  Next day, I tried again, and this time, it was something else where I felt like I may not be a "bike" person anymore.  If I had lessons to get used to it again, maybe, but after this fall, I felt like I've had my bicycle riding days and felt strongly about it.  I know how you feel about feeling like a retard and a failure.  I did, but it was a decision I felt was right.  It's no fun to fall off a bike for any reason, and if you lack the confidence for whatever reason...it's a big decision to make.  I feel for ya.

Trudi

Well, I can definitely ride a bike.. But, let me tell you it's not very hard at all.  Just get a small bike first (so you want have far to fall, if you do).  You could get training wheels, but if you don't want people to see you, than that's probably not a good idea.Once you do it once or twice, it's really no problem.   Find some kid's bike and try it out.  You can do it.

 

As I just wrote, no it's not hard, but if you don't feel you have control of your bicycle and things aren't getting any better, it CAN be hard.  I rode a bike for years.  Suddenly, I feel like shaky on a bike and I did buy a small one with a 14" frame, small wheels, made for a petite woman, and I could not wait getting on it to ride.  It took 3 falls & it does hurt falling even if it's a small bike, w/o knowing really what I was doing wrong, I just felt in this City where there are so many hills, I decided that at this point in my life I prefer walking, running, swimming, etc. but I do feel badly and a bit like a failure that this was the decision I made - not to bike anymore.  I have scrapes all over my body from one fall yesterday and I never want to fall again.  But, I used to do it, and if you feel comfortable and getting better as you're learning, go for it.  It isn't hard, but perhaps for some, it's harder than it is than others.  I think it has a lot to do with confidence level, knowing what and what not to do, and there's a lot I forgot I guess.  I feel bad, I do, and I would never discourage anybody from riding a bike.  I just rules myself out.

T.

I don't know how to, either.  I lived out in the country on a gravel/dirt road, so I didn't have a lot of opportunities to learn.  At one point, I tried riding on a concrete track, but a nasty crash (I still have the scar) kept me from repeating the experience...

im 19 and i never learned how to ride a bike either. My family has never been very active and i was never taught. As a kid i really had no interest in it. Now i wish i did because it would be such a good exercise to do when it gets warmer weather (I hate running) 

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I don't know how to, either.  I lived out in the country on a gravel/dirt road, so I didn't have a lot of opportunities to learn.  At one point, I tried riding on a concrete track, but a nasty crash (I still have the scar) kept me from repeating the experience...

 

I don't think that anyone ever really taught me.  My mom could never ride a bike.  I just kind of learned by getting tips from others and I took to it as if it were very natural.  I was younger and fearless. Sometimes when you get older, you become more cautious, especially after taking a fall like I did.  But I am a little ashamed of myself for giving up I was in tears in the store when they took the bike away.


I live in San Francisco where there are a lot of hills.  But I also had a bike rack which I could have used to transport the bike to GG Park and ride through serene roads where I didn't have to worry about hills.  But then I thought, who wants to do that all the time.  I just wanted to get on my bike from home and ride around the city which has become more bicycler-friendly due to all the bike lanes they have now - but it's still not the ideal place to ride.


If I had taken a fall in traffic the way I did today, I think it would have been very serious and I don't even know why the bike fell.  Perhaps I was making a wide curve too slowly and the bike was going too slow to maintain balance.  It all happened so quick and unexpectedly that I really don't know.  And you don't have time to think about getting off the seat which is pretty low anyway and straddle the bike.  I think that's what I tried to do, but a bike isn't light so I could not control it.  I wish I had a video or something that would show me what happened.


I just got the book I ordered bicycling for beginners even tho I'm not exactly a beginner and still plan on reading it.  Maybe I can rent bikes in the meantime, and when/if I ever feel confident again, I'll try again.  But not now.  But to those who feel retarded for not knowing how, don't feel that way.  It doesn't come completely  natural for most people and there are skills and tips you have to know about.


Good luck!

That old addage about something you can't ever forget doing "being like riding a bike"... not true.  I've learned and forgotten twice now.  I learned when I was around 11, didn't ride again for a long time, learned again when I was 19, and again haven't ridden since.  (It' been 6 years since then.. so I'm guessing I'd have to learn again if I tried.)

I have ride a bike when I was younger. But when I try to pick it up again last summer.....bummer. I can not ride a bike!

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They say you never forget how to ride a bike but thats not true.. I used to race around everywhere on a BMX when I was young, I was a great bike rider!  A year or so ago I tried to get on a bike for the first time in about 15 years and I couldnt even make it go, I just fell off pathetically. Cant ride at all any more!! You definitely can forget!!

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