Learn How to Ride a Bicycle in 5 Minutes

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>> 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.