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Although our dad ran a bike shop, my brother Ritchie never actually learned how to ride as a child. There were quite a few attempts to set him off on what would always become a slow-speed fall, but because his balance was fairly poor — probably due to the fact he suffered from quite severe glue ear — eventually the idea of riding a bike was abandoned. However, a couple of years ago and now in his mids, Ritch decided he wanted to learn how to ride a bike again.
The Anna Karenina principle of biking is this: Everyone who learned how to ride a bicycle did so in roughly the same boring way; anyone who made it to adulthood without learning required a unique series of roadblocks, failures, negligence, and procrastination. If you fall into the latter group, congratulations! Your inability to do something most children have mastered makes a great conversation-starter.
As a child, I never learned how to ride a bike. I have snap-shot memories of my father lightly holding onto the handlebars of my white-and-pink bike, jogging alongside my crooked path until I was, to my surprise, riding all by myself. At 7 years old, I was well on my way to full two-wheeler independence when, at an extremely low speed, I collided with the side of a parked minivan.
All you need is an open space, a working bicycle, and a willing student. Be patient and encouraging, and give the rider all the time they need to feel comfortable and confident while learning to ride a bike. This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
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.
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Now a grandmother, with a daughter and grandchildren living in Copenhagen, she decided it was now or never So, why had she not learnt to ride before? Like many women around the world, it was down to lack of opportunity and encouragement. She had grown up as one of 13 brothers and sisters in Colombia, South America.
A totally normal adult woman learns to ride a bike. Humankind has always felt the urge to propel itself on the wheel. This has taken shape through various wheeled contraptions, from the unicycle to the multi-modal Duck Boat.