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Old 10-21-16, 02:06 PM
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Adult first time bike riding

Hi, I'm trying to teach myself to ride a bike as an adult. I wondered if this was a more common adhd experience. Anyone else have to learn to ride a bike as an adult? How was it? Do you have any tips for newbies like me? Did you teach yourself, or did you get someone else to help you?
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Re: Adult first time bike riding

Well, I learned as a child but MUCH later than any of the others. Way later.

They say once you know how you'll always know how but I'm here to tell you that although I still know how I am easily swayed over and off by a good gust of wind if I'm turning in a circle.

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Well, I learned as a child but MUCH later than any of the others. Way later.

They say once you know how you'll always know how but I'm here to tell you that although I still know how I am easily swayed over and off by a good gust of wind if I'm turning in a circle.

Happy biking.
I went to school everyday by bike for 5 years and then almost never rode again. Now if I have to get onto a bike I'm pretty shaky.
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I went to school everyday by bike for 5 years and then almost never rode again. Now if I have to get onto a bike I'm pretty shaky.
Yeah, I had baskets on the back and I found out pretty quick that books shifted quickly on a turn and I should have gotten a three wheeler.
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Re: Adult first time bike riding

Make sure to wear a helmet. And it's okay to wear knee/elbow pads, too, if you think you're going to fall off the bike. Don't try to ride on grass when you're just learning because there are always knobs and holes and roots hidden beneath the seemingly perfect lawn. And it's also okay to get someone's help if you're having trouble with it.
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Re: Adult first time bike riding

I'm from the Commando-Era. Helmets and pads hadn't even been hatched yet.

Hell, even sidewalks and/or the street not to mention grass and rooty knobs and all, are something you have to watch close for. Uneven patches, debris and such...

What kind of bike do you have?

I remember the guy at the bike shop showed me how to step down off of it at a stop. He was SO helpful.

And make sure you have a rear fender on it unless you want mud up your back.
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Re: Adult first time bike riding

Bike riding since 5. ADHD had no affect for me.

Good memories. Back in the day, we could ride all over the city on our own. Now, parents won't let their kids ride their bikes anywhere unsupervised for fear of kidnapping and crashes.
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Re: Adult first time bike riding

I learned around the age of 5, as well. In fact, my occasional spurts of obsessive mountain biking while growing up were probably a form of self-medication.

I think practicing stopping is the most important thing, because once you finally go you're just going to take off, and that is actually the easy part. So make sure you know what to do to stop and get off safely once you have taken off.
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Commando era, how awesome.!
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Re: Adult first time bike riding

Thanks for all the input. I've gotten to balance going downhill with no pedals decently, but I can't seem to add the pedals in. All the advice I've read/heard about focusing on one pedal and putting it at the top just ends in said pedal slipping out of reach. I am going to look at adult training wheels, though. I forget what they are called.
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Thanks for all the input. I've gotten to balance going downhill with no pedals decently, but I can't seem to add the pedals in. All the advice I've read/heard about focusing on one pedal and putting it at the top just ends in said pedal slipping out of reach. I am going to look at adult training wheels, though. I forget what they are called.
Yeah, downhill can seem pretty wild
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Re: Adult first time bike riding

Courage to you for going for it and not being shamed away from learning how to ride a bike.

Bike riding on two wheels is so subtle, and it a wonder that people just pick it up ... There is a subtle shift of the hips and weight that riders do .. that they don't even know that they do anymore. This subtle movement helps create balance, as I understand it.

A salute to your boldness and courage and fearlessness!

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