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What is the safest and easiest way to teach an adult woman to ride a bicycle.

Asked by jfg1tri2 (1points) December 29th, 2008

I have a 50 year old friend who has never ridden a bicycle but really wants to learn. She isn’t particularly well coordinated.

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GAMBIT's avatar

First sit her on the bike and have her get used to trying to balance herself every time she looses balance tell her to put her foot down. When she is ready walk side by side with her while she pedals you may have to do this for some time. Next you will have to let go and allow her to ride by herself. Tell her when she is losing her balance to hit the brakes and put her foot down. You will have to do this over and over until she can ride without you holding on. Good luck and I hope this was helpful.

asmonet's avatar

And four year olds are coordinated?

You do it the same way you do it with a kid. No sugarcoating and plenty of support.

cyndyh's avatar

I’d add that you lower the seat a bit from where an experienced rider might have it. That way when she’s leaning and putting her foot down she’s not necessarily hitting any sensitive area too hard with the seat.

Oh, and a gel seat helps a bit. It’s just like with any new physical activity. She’s going to get sore in weird places that she didn’t know she had muscles in. Do several short attempts over days so she doesn’t get turned off to it the first day she wakes up sore.

RandomMrdan's avatar

Just don’t let anything like this happen. whoa momma, that has to hurt.

emilyrose's avatar

Maybe take her for a spin on a tandem first so she gets used to the feeling. You can rent or borrow one…...

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