Have you ever wanted to learn how to ride a bike, but felt intimidated to try? Well, there's no better time than today to take the plunge and discover the freedom and joy of cycling!

Even if you’re an adult, learning to ride a bike is a fun and fulfilling way to stay active and improve your overall health. Don’t let fear and nerves hold you back—take the same step-by-step approach that kids use to learn how to ride a bike, and you’ll be cruising in no time.

All you need is a bike and a safe, open area to practice, such as a park or empty parking lot. Follow these simple steps to master the art of cycling:

Getting started

What you need
  • A helmet
    It’s important that you kit yourself out with the right helmet for your safety. A suitable helmet should be level, with a gap of about an inch or two fingers between the eyebrow and the helmet. The straps and adjustments should also be firm, but not too tight that it’s uncomfortable.
  • An open space
    Learning to ride a bike can be very overwhelming so it’s best to find a location that is away from traffic and other distractions. Look for a large, flat area like a park where you can focus on your technique without worrying about navigating around obstacles or other people.
  • Set up your bike
    Make sure you have your bike set up ready to go by performing your pre-ride checks (these can be found here)

How to learn to ride a bike

1) Ensure proper fit

Before hitting the road, make sure your bike is the right size and comfortably adjusted to your body. To gauge a proper fit, stand over the bike with your feet flat on the ground, and ensure that you can reach the handlebars and brakes with ease.

2) Practice mounting and dismounting

Lean the bike towards you while applying the brakes, to keep it steady. Practice getting on and off the bike smoothly, without any wobbling.

3) Master the brakes

Start by walking next to your bike, and practice stopping by pulling both brakes evenly. Once you feel comfortable, try stopping while riding slowly.

4) Learn to glide

While sitting on the saddle, push yourself forward with your feet, aiming to glide with both feet off the ground for a few seconds. This will help you get a feel for balancing on the bike.

5) Balance and line of vision

To maintain balance, keep your eyes up, looking ahead towards where you want to go. Avoid looking down at your feet, and aim to maintain a straight line.

6) Begin Pedalling

Once you can maintain balance, gliding, and braking, it’s time to start pedalling. Begin with one foot on the ground and the other on the pedal at the 2 o’clock position. Push down with the foot on the pedal and add your other foot as you start to move forward

Adult Cycle Training with Cycle North

Are you eager to get on a bike, but prefer a more personalised approach to learning? Cycle North is the perfect solution for you!

With their team of certified Bikeability instructors, Cycle North offer top-notch adult cycle training that will equip you with the skills and confidence you need to hit the road.

Whether you’re a complete novice or just looking to hone your abilities, Cycle North offers a safe and supportive environment where you can learn at your own pace. With their expert guidance, you’ll develop the techniques and knowledge necessary to ride with ease and comfort. Don’t let fear hold you back from experiencing the many benefits of cycling—check out our adult cycle training and Cycle North events