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Learning balance(4 posts)

Learning balanceutxjohne
Aug 12, 2003 5:34 AM
Can somebody learn balance or do you just have it? I realize little kids can be taught to ride a bike but how about if you are in your 30's. My wife is new to cycling and I guess never spent much time on a bike, where as I was born with pedals attached to my feet. I take her out with me but she feels very uneasy to the point where she can't get out of the saddle or even take one hand off the handlebars to get water without feeling like she is going to crash. Anyone have experience with this?
Definitely learn it,TJeanloz
Aug 12, 2003 5:54 AM
I remember being a young bike racer and seeing the pro guys I was riding with be able to do amazing things like remove their jackets while riding, or better, put on/take off leg warmers. A few years later, I was so comfortable on the bike from a balance perspective that none of these things seemed out of the ordinary. It's definitely something you get better at with practice.
Practice, Practice, Practice.........Len J
Aug 12, 2003 6:07 AM
As TJ says, it comes with time on the bike.

My wife started riding again 2 years ago on a recumbent. Her first few months, she had to learn how to start & stop under control, how to ride one handed, so she could drink & other assorted bike handling skills. Last year, I bought her a new bike with the BB dramatically higher than her seat (which affects handling dramatically), 2 weeks later she looked like she had been riding it for years.

If your wife sticks with it, the more she rides the better balance she will have.

Len
Practice, Practice, Practice.........utxjohne
Aug 12, 2003 7:14 AM
Thanks for the confidence boost. I need her to ride as its the only time for us to be together with our schedules. It probably doesn't help that she is getting trial by fire having to learn in NYC.