First-time bicycle rider: I want to buy a bicycle and learn how to ride it.
May 11, 2012 12:42 AM Subscribe
First-time bicycle rider: I want to buy a bicycle and learn how to ride it. Any recommendation / advice?
posted by eisenl to health & fitness (28 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Recently I have been diagnosed with Runner's Knees (from training for a 10k marathon) and the physiotherapist suggested riding a bicycle instead of running/walking. Unfortunately I have never properly learned to ride a bicycle.
Except for my recent hobby of walking (and the tragic attempt at running) I have been fairly un-active and un-athletic all my life. I am a female in her late 20's, 5' 2'' and a healthy weight. But I have naturally poor reflex, sense of balance, sense of distance, strength, speed, flexibility, etc, etc. i.e. I was always the slowest and weakest kid in class whose best possible grade in gym class was a C.
Therefore I do have doubts and fears about this 'moving very very fast with possibility of falling or hitting something with high speed and minimal protection', but then everybody else seems to be doing it and I want to learn too.
I eventually want to ride it around to get to places and also for fun. I am not interested in mountain biking or any other strenuous genre. I am thinking more paved roads and dirt roads in parks.
1. Any recommendation for a first-timer bicycle? I would want to lift it when I need to (stairs?) and also be able to reach the ground comfortably when I am sitting on it.
2. My plan is to i) get a bicycle and ii) start practicing in a large, open and completely flat area, like an empty parking lot. If you have any tips/advice for practicing, please share. I already have one tip from a friend: a helmet and knee pads.