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Old 04-18-05, 06:47 AM   #1
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Would like to llearn to ride. I am in NYC. Where/Who?

Hi there:

I am so excited that I decided to learn to ride a bike as an adult. I rode when I was very young and have pleasant memories. ANyway, do you know where and whom I can contact to make this dream come true. Hopefully, the person who you recommend will teach me in a systematic, logical way and have experience teaching adults.

Also, if you could recommend an information source that I could read about adult bike-riding while I wait to find a tutor, please let me know.

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Old 04-18-05, 07:39 AM   #2
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Heh, in this case, the old analogy, "It's like learning to ride a bike, you never forget" may be true. Do you have any friends with bikes? Ask to borrow theirs for an afternoon. If you don't get it right away, then try tooling around by pushing yourself around with your feet, instead of pedalling. This will help you learn to balance and steer. Once you can do this, try pedalling as well.
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That's a great suggestion but I don't have any friends with bikes so that is why I am looking for a more structured program of 2-4 instruction classes. Instead of trying to wion my own, I would definitely prefer some sort of formal instruction to rebuild my confidence.

But hey, thanks.
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In that case, visit a few bike shops and ask about lessons there. While you're at it, you can check out all the sweet rides that they have to offer!
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Welcome, and good luck. You may want to check out the 5 Boro Bike Club (http://5bbc.org/) as well as the earlier suggestion of a LBS.

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I'd also get in touch with Transportastion Alternatives (www.transalt.org) and see if they can point you in the right direction... Good luck!
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You could go to walmart/other department store and ride one of those bikes around in the store. That way if you forget how to do it right, no big loss, practice it some more. You shouldn't buy one of those though, they don't last very long.

Employees might not appreciate that too much though...
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Welcome, and good luck. You may want to check out the 5 Boro Bike Club (http://5bbc.org/) as well as the earlier suggestion of a LBS.

Mark
I belong to that group but they are more advanced riders.

If I were starting all over again, I would find a park that had lots of grass. I would practice gliding downhill on the grass until I could develpe some balance. Little by little, I'd gain the confidence to peddal one foot at a time.
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try these - set them up as you would on a child's bike so that only the main wheel and one training wheel can touch the ground at any one time. Probably a 2.5cm(1 inch) difference in height between the bottom of the training wheels and ther bottom of the main wheel is a good start.

Then take the bike to the park and, on soft grass(D.Steve), practice trying to keep the training wheels off the ground. When you can do that remove one and try again. You should quickly be able to remove the other training wheel.

Don't remove either training wheel until you cycle indefinitely without the training wheels touching down though.

http://www.bwieland.com/aswphotos.htm

good luck and enjoy
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Where in NYC are you? Go to prospect park on a weekend, I'll teach u how to ride a bike.
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