Day 2: Success =D
On just the second day I managed to ride my bike successfully =D Here’s 5 things which might help people to ride their bike:
1. Make sure your seat is adjusted low enough to allow you to reach the ground (flat-footed) with at least one leg. This will make sure that you’ve got enough reach to give you the initial push and to help you stop when you need to.
2. Push with one leg, pedal with the other. Keep one pedal up (and the other down) and put one leg on it. Keep your other leg on the ground. Now, simultaneously, push with your ground-leg, and pedal down with the other. Now, as you pedal down through the first half-circle, pull your ground-leg onto the pedal and pedal!! It might take a few tries, and your ground-leg will sometimes have to return to the ground for balance, but if you haven’t pulled your ground-leg up until the first half-circle finishes, start over.
3. Without enough speed (that of a brisk walk) you’ll never manage to balance the bike. Don’t worry about kicking off some speed in the beginning, you’ll never manage to balance without some speed. It’s almost impossible to balance on a stationary bike.
4. Look ahead! Not down, not at your feet, not at the sea, ahead! Looking ahead will help you balance and take your mind off the imminent crash. Also, it will allow you to see the path you’re taking and plan ahead.
5. Steer! Steer like your life depends on it… because it does. Balance includes steering, which means that when you steer you can control your balance apart from your direction.
Keep all these in mind, and you’ll be up and running in no time.