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    I need some foo advice.

    Ok, so next week I was going to go with this girl to the movies, and I just convinced her to come mtbiking with me, which instantly got me really excited.

    Problem is, she tells me she doesn't know how to ride a bike. She goes "Is that a problem?". Ummmmm. So I told her I'd teach her. I need some kind of tips on teaching someone to ride a bike. Is it possible to get it done in an hour so we can do a mtb ride?

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    Sorta possible, start with gentle grassy slope coasting so when she crashes she won't get hurt. take the pedals off and let her use the bike initially like a walker and set the saddle low enough she can reach the ground, when she can balance the bike coasting, start working on the pedaling. Go from there.....
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    Just like you'd do with a kid. Lower the seat and take off the pedals. Let her work on steering and balance on the flatts. Then look for a slight grade to introduce braking. When she has that all together put the pedals back on and work on the pedaling.

    Don'gt rush it. It might take two or three 'lesson dates' befor you're comfortable that she's comfortable.

    Remember Jon... No opportunity wasted. Boooya!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey View Post
    Just like you'd do with a kid. Lower the seat and take off the pedals. Let her work on steering and balance on the flatts. Then look for a slight grade to introduce braking. When she has that all together put the pedals back on and work on the pedaling.

    Don'gt rush it. It might take two or three 'lesson dates' befor you're comfortable that she's comfortable.

    Remember Jon... No opportunity wasted. Boooya!
    She's going back to school next week, so I only really have one opportunity. She had a shal we say "bad experience" on a bike when younger and never tried again.

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    Well, you got a long weekend boy, make it work for you.

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    I dont know pheard, a movie and popcorn is starting to sound pretty good

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    Yea, I would change plans to something that you can both readily enjoy if your time is that limited. While teaching someone how to ride is a great thing, if you plan on making a good impression and having a good time it may not be the best venue. Especially if its a one time thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pheard View Post
    She's going back to school next week, so I only really have one opportunity. She had a shal we say "bad experience" on a bike when younger and never tried again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blonduathlongrl View Post
    I dont know pheard, a movie and popcorn is starting to sound pretty good
    That's what it started out as, but I was seriously so un-stoked for that. So I asked her if she was a suh suh suh girly girl, and she said she liked getting dirty and wresling. So I asked her if she was into doing a mtb ride. She was down.

    Then I told her I think I love her.

    and that's that.

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    Alternative... you can teach her how to ride a bike and depending on how that goes or doesn't, you can have a nice picnic hike planned out as a backup. Walking places is almost as rad as rolling to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abortionpunch View Post
    Alternative... you can teach her how to ride a bike and depending on how that goes or doesn't, you can have a nice picnic hike planned out as a backup. Walking places is almost as rad as rolling to them.
    ...and you call yourself a cyclist?. Get out of my thread now!!!!!!


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    I call myself a lot of things, "cyclist" is not one of them. I just ride bikes.

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    Yeah, it sounds like a bad deal all around.

    If you can't teach her to ride:
    1. She'll get frustrated and feel silly in front of you
    2. You'll seem like an ineffective teacher or worse, a jerk

    If you can teach her to ride:
    1. She won't be able to keep up at mtb'ing and she'll get frustrated and feel silly in front of you
    2. You'll go on the ride and always be waiting at the top of the trail for her and you'll seem like some kind of a sandbagger or worse, a jerk

    I'd stick to the go for a picnic idea, biking is one of those things that I don't let relationships interfere with.

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    Just get a box of trojans and screw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey View Post
    Just get a box of trojans and screw.
    I like the way you think. go for it jon. You can do eet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey View Post
    Just get a box of trojans and screw.
    Thanks Stacey. You're wisdom is always a help in times of trouble.


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    Get some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey View Post
    Just get a box of trojans and screw.



    But.......he's PINK!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pheard View Post
    That's what it started out as, but I was seriously so un-stoked for that. So I asked her if she was a suh suh suh girly girl, and she said she liked getting dirty and wresling. So I asked her if she was into doing a mtb ride. She was down.

    Then I told her I think I love her.

    and that's that.
    From what she said, you should just talk dirty then do some Jello wrestling. Hey, she's the one that came up with the idea....
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    Tell her to follow you and don't crash.

    This is 1000 times easier if you are on a tandem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post



    But.......he's PINK!!
    They come in pink

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBLover View Post
    They come in pink
    No, if he's pink then he needs the black ones. You've got to color coordinate

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    Maybe she wants you to teach her so she can "fall" and you can catch her.

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    Jon

    I think it's a great idea to teach her how to ride a bike. That way there will be one less woman in the world like my mom and my wife. I wouldn't get hopes up that you'll get to go mountain biking with her until another time. Could be a good opportunity to get a date when she comes back. I'd start thinking of other things to do after the bike riding lesson. Maybe you could persuade her to teach you some wrestling moves, or scrapbooking, or something she likes, but you don't know how to do.
    The search for inner peace continues...

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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
    Maybe you could persuade her to teach you some wrestling moves, or scrapbooking, or something she likes, but you don't know how to do.
    He's LDS. There will be plenty of time for scrapbooking later.

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