Learning To Ride a Bike as an Adult (Best Tips)

Anyone at any age can learn to ride a bike, In fact, learning to ride a bike as a kid is harder than learning as an adult.

In order to learn to ride a bike, all you need is a bicycle and a safe, wide-open place to practice, just like an empty parking lot or even a park.

Learning To Ride a Bike as an Adult (Best Tips)

In this article, we are going to share with you the best tips to teach yourself as an adult to ride a bike with only four steps, simple and safe

Three Steps To Learn Riding A Bike

Before you get started learning to ride your bike, keep in mind these tips:

  • Be patient- Do not try to force the process, if you find yourself getting tired or frustrated or tired, just simply take a break and come back to it later. A focused practice session is the best approach, don’ try to do too much all at once.
  • Do not give up- You may not learn to pedal right away, but just continue practicing, you will get it because each time it’s going to get a little bit simpler.

Step 1

First, you need to master braking and balancing on a bicycle. In order to practice this, find a traffic-free area that is largely smooth, flat, and paved, such as a footpath in a park, an empty car park, or a schoolyard.

The reason we recommend paved areas is that soft surfaces are harder to pedal on, however, some people would prefer grass areas because they will cushion the falls

If it’s hard for you to practice balancing and braking on the bike with pedals, you can remove them to feel comfortable while getting used to your bike.

Practicing without the pedals and with the seat lowered so that you can touch the ground flat-footed while seated.

  • Practice on the balance bicycle so that you can get the feel of balancing and once confidence, you can lift your feet and coast for one to two seconds with your legs outstretched as counterbalances.

Eventually, you’ll be able to coast while balancing until the bicycle stops moving.

Step 2

Step two is about steering a bicycle, once you can scoot and coast, you can learn how to turn gently and make big loops. Progress to slightly sharper and tighter turns.

  • You can use safety cones on a gentle curve if you need to, and challenge yourself to follow the line, and once you have mastered that, you can weave between the obstacles.
  • You can also draw a chalk cross on the ground three meters away and run over the cross with the bicycle. Repeat it for five meters, then eight meters.

Step 3

Now it’s time to learn how to use a brake. Walk alongside the bicycle and pull on the brake levers to see what happens, it stops right? now demonstrate the difference between soft and hard braking.

Step 4

The final step you need to take is pedaling, if you removed your bike pedals now is time to install them. Just keep the seat in its lowered position so you can still put both your feet on the ground to stop the bike.

With the pedals back on the bicycle, there are many strategies to do this and if your bicycle has gears, ensure that it’s in a low gear.

Strategy 1

  1. First, sit on the seat with one foot flat on the ground and the other on a pedal raised at the 1- to 2-o’clock position because you won’t have enough power if the pedal is too level.
  2. Then push down hard on the pedal in the high position (This pressure will give the bicycle its forward power)

Strategy 2

    1. Start with one foot on a pedal in the down position.
    2. Use the other foot to scoot, as you would on a scooter.
    3. Take a scooter step to get some speed and then you will find the second pedal.

Strategy 3

      1. Use both your feet at the same time and try scooting forward before finding the pedals and putting both your feet on them at the same time and padel your bike.

Here is also the video that will help you to practice and motivate you to be patient with yourself.


How long does it take to learn cycling for adults?

Learning a bicycle can take time but an adult takes an average of two to three days to learn to ride a bicycle.

You may not be fully riding in one day, but with continued practice, you can definitely do it. When all comes together, you will be like “it is too easy”.

Can you forget to bike ride?

It is highly impossible to forget how to ride a bicycle especially when you were used to it and on the other hand, it is procedural memory, a type of knowledge that is simple for your brain to retain.

Keep in mind that procedural memory is part of your long-term memory that stores how to do certain physical tasks.

What is the age limit for cycling?

There’s no age limit for cycling, it does not matter whether you have not been cycling or been on your bicycle since you were in your 30s.

Biking is good for you(your health) and, with recent improvements in bicycle technology, it’s accessible to everyone in their 70s and even far beyond.

Cycling at the age of 60 years and above is good for keeping you healthy. Cycling regularly can lower the risk of chronic physical illnesses like heart disease.

It can also reduce the risk of cancer, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

What is the easiest bike to learn to ride as an adult?

You can use a hybrid or cruiser bicycle If you are planning to practice on paved paths, boardwalks, and sidewalks. A cruiser is a perfect bicycle for new riders.

Cruiser bicycle is a classic-looking bicycle with a wide, sweeping handlebar that is good at lower speeds and it is affordable, it starts at about $300 for models with just one speed.


In conclusion, learning to bike is very important to your health because it also prevents the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

Riding can improve overall function in your lower body and also strengthens your leg muscles without any overstressing your joints at all because it targets your glutes, quads, calves, and hamstrings