The best way to learn to ride as a kid is to get your parents to ride you, says trainer and coach Mike Sturgis, who has taught a few thousand kids to ride since 1990.
“If your parents are going to be doing it, you have to be on your own,” he says.
That means you have plenty of instruction from a trusted friend or mentor.
You have to know the terrain and the road signs.
“They’re not going to give you a lesson about how to go down a steep hill or climb a hill,” Sturges says.
“That’s just going to get you to the next step.”
That step can be tricky if you don’t have your own bike or you don, say, own a car.
“It’s not really about the instructor.
It’s about how you’re going to handle it,” says Sturgs.
Sturgises rides with his brother, who owns a local motorcycle shop and rides his own bike.
“He says, ‘I’ll teach you the ropes.
You just gotta be able to handle yourself,'” Sturgides says.
Strictly speaking, it doesn’t matter if you ride with a friend or not.
But, Sturgies says, “You can always talk to the guy who’s driving.”
You can get the instructor’s advice, Stricts says.
But Sturgese says the important thing is to take the time to work with someone who can give you that same training.
“A lot of kids don’t realize how important it is to go through a proper progression and learn from that person,” he explains.
“Once you start going through a progression with a teacher, you realize you have the tools to do this yourself.
That’s where I see the biggest potential for success.”
Here are some tips to help you get started: Start with a new bike.
That may be easier said than done.
Sturdy bikes like bikes that come with extra features, like racks and cables, or the ability to mount accessories like wheels or lights.
You’ll need to pick a bike that’s easy to get in and out of.
And a lot of bike shops charge exorbitant prices for the bikes they sell.
If you can’t afford the bike you want, get a budget, says Strict.
But you’ll find plenty of beginner-friendly bikes at a bike shop for less than $300, says Robby Scott, a former motorcycle instructor and founder of the Bikes of New York, a company that helps riders and owners of all skill levels ride.
Scott recommends picking a bike with a good-looking front and rear hub, or a low-slung frame that allows for easy wheel alignment.
(It’s a little easier to ride on a frame that has a lower drop-out, or pivot, that is easier to lean onto than a frame with a higher drop-in.)
To start, get your new bike tested and registered.
Start with the frame, wheels, seatpost, tires and saddle.
Then find a good bike shop and try to buy the right bike.
If the shop doesn’t have one, ask the owner for one.
Then, get to work.
You can also ask friends, family members, or others for advice.
Start by checking out the online catalog.
The owner will likely know which bike model and model year you need.
If not, look online for reviews of the bikes and accessories you want to buy.
Scott says you can find bike forums where people share tips, like when you’re shopping for your first bike.
He also recommends that you try to look at the owner’s Instagram and Twitter accounts, which you can also do from a smartphone.
There are a lot more people out there to share advice, he says, so you can easily find someone who has good advice.
“The more people who know you, the more you can be able a person to say, ‘Okay, I know this person,'” Scott says.
To keep yourself on track, Scott says, you should be riding with friends, too.
But if you’re not able to get to a friend, Scott recommends going to a bike show.
He’ll often bring his own gear, and you can do that for free.
If all else fails, he’ll also suggest checking out a free online course, where you can watch videos from experts in the field and get up to speed.
St. John’s Bike Club, for example, has a program that offers free, four-hour courses for beginners.
“There are plenty of good instructors that are going out there now,” Scott says of bike clubs and online courses.
“I don’t know about you, but I’m a fan of a little self-experimentation.”
Scott says that a big problem with beginners’ riding is that they don’t take the first step.
But he says it’s worth it if you can learn. “You’re