How to learn cycling in 30 minutes

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If you can walk, you can cycle. See how my niece learn cycling in 30 minutes. This is only the second time she try to learn cycling. There is no painful fall, no need for tiring push or hand holding. The only thing needed is the determination to learn.

The trick is simple, just lower the saddle until both feet can touch the ground, remove the pedal and start ‘walking’ on your bike. Do you know this is actually the original form of bicycle when it was invented in 1818 by a German, Baron Karl von Draise . He wanted to replace horse with his running machine.

The first critical skill you need to learn is to balance the bicycle by the steering of the handle bar. This must be done when the bicycle is in motion. By having both feet on the ground you are sure there is no horrible fall. As you start larning how to ‘walk’ on the bike you also start learning how to balance the bicycle with the steering bar. Once you can manage keeping the bicycle rolling without having both feet touch the ground for at least 2 second, you are ready to move on to the next stage.

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The 2nd stage is to learn how to propell the bicycle using the pedals. Now install both pedals onto the bike. Still keeping the saddle low which allows both feet on the ground. Start by pushing one foot against the ground and push the bicycle forward. Once the bicyle is moving try to put both feets on the pedals and start pedalling. Initially the force of the pedaling may affect the balance of the bike. You will learn how to keep the balance while pedalling as you do it more. Just like the video here.

15 minutes later..
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Little by little, in less than 30 minutes, you will discover you can cycle! Just by doing it more, you will notice you can keep the bicycle balanced without removing your feet from the pedal for a longer time (e.g. 5 seconds). Keep going! very soon you will be able to cycle continuosly.

Finally, don’t forget to learn how to stop the bicycle by the hand break. Now you have confident and the skill, you can rasie the saddle a bit, that will make the peddaling a lot easier.

25 minutes later..
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2 thoughts on “How to learn cycling in 30 minutes

  1. Francis Post author

    Hi Ms. Ng. We do not have cycling teaching classes. All people joining us know how to cycle. I suggest get a bicycle of suitable height, such that both of your feet can touch the ground. Remove the pedal, sitting on the saddle and start “walking” with the bike as shown in the video above. Keep practising until you get a feeling of how to balance with the steering handlebar. Just follow the steps as above.
    Practice only in a safe space, like a park where no many people around.

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