yesterday i got an old oxford uni, 20,some dude came into the bike shop and gave it to us for free, after many many many attempts at riding the thing i decided to give my…hip…a rest, and come in to ask advice. So, my question is, how do i ride this thing!!! i can sit on it with the help of daddys work bench, but i get about 1/4 of a pedel and i go BOOM. PLEASE HELP ME!!
There have been many threads on this in this forum, so you may want to use the Search feature on keywords like riding tips, beginners, etc.
The main thing is don’t get discouraged, and realize that every fall you take brings you closer to being able to ride with out so many falls. It’s not like learning to ride a bike where a good push can get you started. It’s really the process of repetition that matters, which lets your brain get used to the whole balance change it needs to cope with to help you stay upright.
The workbench is a good way to start. Remember to keep your weight solidly on the seat, resisting the urge to put most of your weight on your feet/pedals. Posture nice and upright, then lean slightly forward and start pedaling. You’ll keep falling, but over time you should be able to go further and further before falling. First a 1/4 pedal turn, then a half, then 1, then 3, then 7, etc. Just set yourself little targets. I started using a neighbor’s fence and our front sidewalk. I kept shooting for the next crack in the sidewalk, and I’d eventually get there, then set sights on the one after.
I’m not articulating well, but run those searches and you’ll find plenty of good advice. Keep at it and don’t get discouraged! With practice, you’ll be riding in no time.