7 Tips Helping Beginners Learn to Cycle with Less Fear

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Most people learn to ride as very young children and the pattern of bikes is usually the same. After going through the hesitancy, fumbling, fighting for balance, your body finally in balance and enjoy cycling. To some people, overcoming a fear of bicycle riding is somewhat simpler and more straightforward. Yet, some are afraid of falling or anything else. Here is some

Practicing place
If you practice riding a bike, downhill practicing can actually help you get over the fear of motion, and it is the key while learning a bike. When you actually start pedaling it downhill, while still holding the brakes (not fully but such that it won’t accelerate much, you will know how much to hold, just don’t grab on it fully). Even it will surprise you and give you a different feeling when ride on a flat land after the downhill part, you may pedal the bike like a boss.

For remove fear just ride bikes on a road where you find free from gathering. For example, practice coasting on flat ground and once you can go 20–30sec with your feet off the ground, work on pedaling. Then practice, practice, practice!! The rest will come with experience. Try it for few days. After few days you find yourselves more confident to ride on the local road. When you ride a local road, just ride slowly but carefully. With that, I think you must be free from fear. When you feel expert in the local road, you can try to ride where you feel fear. But with carefully you ride the bike.

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Practice Time
All we know, that practice makes a man perfect. First of all in every new work which we would like to do for the first time we find fear. It’s a common phenomenon in human life. But for that, no one can stop their jobs. So you can’t stop riding for only fear for riding. The tough part is mostly getting used to riding in traffic and being able to ride at faster paces for longer periods of time. But if you’re just getting started riding a bicycle, try and ride every second day or so, and it won’t feel hard at all after some time.

Proper Bike
The key is balance and if you are worried about falling over, just lower your seat until your feet touch the ground comfortably. Not an optimal position for riding, but great for learning. Adjust bike seat as lowered enough so your feet can touch the ground.

Also, bikes with flat handlebars rather than the ones with drop bars (that look like horns on a ram) keep you in a more upright and comfortable position and would be easier to start with (the drop bars are for reducing wind resistance, which is not important if you are new, and not important even if you aren’t new unless you are racing, or have a very long commute). The only way to learn is to do it, and you’ll get a feel for it over time.

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Training Wheels
You can start with training wheels. Practice in out of the way spots if you are worried folks will see you. The trick with training wheels is to get you comfortable with the basic mechanics of riding and steering so that when you take the training wheels off, you will be ready to really pedal and maintain a steady straight line and to brake. But Training wheels are definitely not necessary.

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Another option is a recumbent bike. These still balance on two wheels, but you are so low to the ground that any fear of falling is much reduced, if not eliminated. Recumbents have the additional virtue of being very efficient bikes (at least on level ground).

There are also large “tricycles” that you can ride. While not as efficient as a pure bicycle, these may help you get past your fears

In you ride at night or in the dark place, try to set good lights fore and aft. Spoke lights help to illuminate your side profile.

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Taking a Course
If you are intent on learning how to ride a cycle but suffer from a lot of fear, your best option is to seek out a motorcycle training course, if you can find one in your area. These classes allow you to practice in a controlled environment, at limited speeds, and with appropriate safety equipment. This doesn’t eliminate the possibility of a crash but does mitigate it quite a bit, and gives you a chance to see how it feels to ride without the stress of being out on the streets. You will be walked through most of the important aspects and can ask as many (no matter how stupid it may seem) questions as you like,u pon which the trainer/instructor will be more than happy to answer and iron out any confusions and concerns. He will also let you have a taster session on a bike (125cc or less) that is as comfortable as possible to your liking. If the instructor feels that you are safe enough and confident enough to be taken out on the road, he will do so (by riding behind you and guiding you along the way).

Stop Always Thinking the Danger
Fear is a great thing to have, especially when riding bikes. If a rider doesn't have any fear they do stupid things like wearing sandals and shorts or no helmet. Just don't let that fear control you, so if you're constantly thinking about crashing, you shouldn't be riding. Sure that getting hit is on the back of every rider's mind, but if it is in the forefront and dominates your every move, you're not going to experience the ride the way it should be. Be cautious. That's what we ride for- the thrill and freedom. It's natural to be nervous at first and experience will start to make riding more comfortable and natural, but if you've been riding for more than a year and you still feel a deep sense of dread every time you saddle up, I would recommend you retire your helmet and boots and sell the bike. And if you find that the fear dominates your positive exhilaration, accept that riding bikes is not for you. Sometimes you find that fear is a disease. If you find it's diseased please visit the doctor.

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Safety is the first factor to be considered by the beginners. It is best to wear a helmet and find somewhere traffic and people free. I’d venture that learning to ride is easier than learning to drive. Always use helmet even if you are going to the nearby place. Use your bike to drive always, since if you drive others then you need to ensure that the bike is in properly maintained.

I've always told people the best way to control fear is to do it in a safe environment, where you control most of the variables and not much can surprise you. Then move to the real world. Whether it in public speaking or riding.

Ride on quiet roads as much as you can and practice. Make sure your bike is safe and reliable and get some decent gear (helmet, boots, armored gloves, jacket, and trousers are a must), ignore people who say you should ride in jeans and trainers. Also don't forget to get insurance, very important, for you and if you hit someone else.

By learning how to ride it, you have to face it. You may view in different angles: forget the bike.Accept the ride as a funny and exhilarating thing. Do it over and over.