But Marilyn Northcotte has been teaching adults how to ride for decades through a program called Pedal Ready in Wellington, New Zealand. The vast majority of her students some as old as 69! After all, learning to ride a bike as an adult is no harder than learning as a kid as long as you take the same step-by-step approach to the process—and push grown-up fear and nerves out of the way. All you need is a bike and a safe, wide-open place to practice, like an empty parking lot or park. And if you have access to a bike and are looking to get out for some physically distanced riding around your neighborhood, now is as good a time as any to get back out for an easy ride. First make sure you can stand over your bike without the top tube pressing into you.
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But there are real pitfalls to avoid, so what is the best way to teach a child to cycle? First things first, the best way to get a child started on a pedal bike is by giving them a balance bike to practice on first, says Rowntree. The child learns how to balance and steer a two-wheeler without the complication of pedalling and taking your feet off the ground at the same time. Most children will be ready to learn between three-and-a-half and four-and-a-half years of age. Remember, children are hardwired to learn to walk and run, but not to cycle. Set the saddle so the child can get the balls of their feet on the ground. As they gain confidence riding you can gradually let go, but stay ready to grab them under the armpits if necessary.
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Most bikes are suitable if they are the right size for the rider. Also check for wear in the rims or cracks in the frame. Spin the pedals round and make sure the chain is oiled.
And this friend is embarrassed to admit that he's 53 years old and doesn't know how to ride a bike. Or swim, perhaps. Or read. Or something else, at any rate, that most people learn to do when they're 6. Or worse, seeing it.