>>Court: Hey guys, I had my friend Brian
over and we were talking about going on a bike ride and
he said “I’ve never actually ridden a bike” and you know, I was like “wow” okay. This
is kind of cool, we’ll teach you how and, you know it’s actually something we just started
working on. But, I thought it would be cool to put on video in case you or someone else
is trying to learn how to ride a bike. So it’s pretty simple, but there are some key
pieces to figure out. So, this is Brian, hey buddy.
>>Brian: Hey>>Court: Ah, the thing about the bike he’s
on right now that’s really great is that it’s a low-step bike. So, see how the, this is
called the top tube, it’s pretty low. This is called the down tube by the way. Here’s
the fork, because it kind of looks like a fork, and the wheels and everything. Here’s
the rear cassette with cogs and there’s the front chain rings. Okay, so there’s you know,
basic parts of a bike. Another really important piece is the brakes. So these are the brake
levers, right here. And they pull on those calipers here that bring the pads in contact
with the rim. Some bikes have disc brakes and other things but that’s going to be important.
When you’re learning how to ride a bike, you want a bike that’s going to fit you, that
you can easily stand over. See how his feet are flat on the ground. That’s a comfortable
position, he isn’t trying to… you know, stand on his tip ties, going to fall off the
bike. And of course, he’s going to need to use those brakes later as he starts to learn.
Um, so anyway, the way they teach kids these days to ride bikes is that they have these
little like kick bikes. They don’t even have pedals! What you do, is you kind of sit on
the seat like he is right now and you push with your feet. And as you do that, the bike
gets some momentum, and that’s important because that gives you balance. And then as it feels
stable “go ahead and kick a little bit Brian and then pick your feet up” see how he can
pick his feet up like that? He’s basically riding a bike, I mean he’s not pedaling or
anything, but he’s getting a feel for the balance. And see… now, if you tried to turn
Brian, and you were going to fall, you could easily put your feet down. So, he really doesn’t
need to fall at all! Of course, he has his helmet on. Why don’t you do a turn? Yeah,
see how he put his right foot down, very easily. So he’s learning about balance and that’s
the first step when you’re trying to learn how to ride a bike. Um, go ahead and pull
over here Brian, there we go. He’s not going fast enough to actually need to use his brakes
yet, he can just put his feet down. But, as he gets faster, he’s going to start to need
to use brakes because this is the kind of bicycle that you can pedal backwards. So here,
why don’t you pick up your… see how this pedals backwards like that? Um, yeah, just
move your leg and I’ll, yeah… see that. Some of the kids bikes and stuff, if you pedal
backwards, that’s your brake but this one’s a little fancier. So, you know, he needs to
start getting used to taking his hand and actually reaching for that brake lever. On
this bike, the right lever activates the rear brake. And that’s actually the best brake
to use. If you put too much braking power on the front. The bike can kind of endo and
you can fall off. Um, also, if that starts to slide, you might crash verses the rear
one sliding, you can kind of drag it behind you. And you’ll have an easier time balancing.
So, the next thing that Brian’s gonna do is practice kicking along but only with one foot.
And he’s going to put the other foot on the pedal. So you see that? This foot is always
going to be off the ground. And that means, half of his balance is gone. He can only rely
on his other foot to kick. This is going to help him go faster and it’s also gonna reinforce
that he needs to balance with his upper body, not his feet, okay? And good, this is great,
see, your hand is on the brake, that’s important because earlier we almost had a little collision
with the car over there. He was getting excited about learning how to bike and forgot that
“oh, I need to brake” so, why don’t you do that Brian, just kind of kick along. It’s
almost like a kick scooter, one foot is up and the other foot is kicking. There you go,
and you know, we’re doing this on a street that’s not too busy, so it’s pretty safe.
He’s got his helmet on. So look at that! He’s basically riding a bike now. He’s not pedaling
or anything but he’s turning. Go ahead and use the brakes for me. There, so he still
used his foot a little bit, but he’s using the brakes. So he’s developing the instincts
that you need to ride a bike. And like, literally… “how long has it been since you started learning
right now Brian?”>>Brian: 20 minutes…
>>Court: “20 minutes” so we’ve been out here practicing just for a little while and I decided
to get the camera. But that’s pretty awesome, like in 20 minutes you’re able to basically
coast. Again, I think that having the right size bike really matters for starting out.
And then developing these instincts. Because “have you fallen?”
>>Brian: No.>>Court: No he hasn’t fallen at all. No scrapes,
no fear being built up about how to balance. You know, he’s learning! Do you feel comfortable
enough to like, put that other foot on the pedal and try to actually pedal? Yeah! There
we go… this is the first, this is literally the first Brian! Go ahead and use those brakes,
we’ve got to practice the brakes. Brake with your hands… See, he’s got the instinct for
feet. Look at that! Okay, bring it back. Yep, pretty amazing! Good job… Haha! There we
go, okay, see so we’re still, we’re still building those habits. But you know, we’re
about five minutes. There’s your five minute overview on how to ride a bike. Again, the
right bike size, practicing balance without pedaling, getting a little bit better by picking
one foot up and using the other one like a kick scooter and then practicing braking.
And from there, you’re basically riding a bike. So have fun, be safe, wear your helmet
and stuff and uh, yeah! Enjoy yourself out there. This is a really great way to get around.
It’s healthy, kind of community oriented and really just a lot of fun.