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How to Ride a Bike

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.
  • FACT: Rubber tires, paved roads, and jockstraps were all first invented for bicyclists in the late 1800s.

You Will Need

  • A bicycle
  • A large paved space thatu2019s free of obstacles
  • A regulation bike helmet
  • Full-fingered gloves
  • A strong friend or family member to hold the bike while you start pedaling

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