Congrats on the new bike!! I'm sure you'll do fine. Take it slow the first time and find a place to ride that is flat and has plenty of room for you to practice turns, starting and stopping. Make sure you do turns in both directions. I'm like the guy in Zoolander...I can't make right turns!! LOL!! I have a tendency to favor my left turns (I'm left handed) and I have to make a conscious effort to work on those right turns.
If you find a parking lot that is empty, make an obstacle course for yourself. Place some sticks or rocks in a slalom pattern to practice a zig zag pattern with a turn around at each end.
I would also recommend if you aren't familiar with changing a tire to research how to do it or visit your local bike shop (LBS) and ask them to give you some pointers as well as set you up with the tools you'll need to change a tube. Nothing worse than getting a flat out on a ride and having to walk back.
Good for you for facing a fear of falling, and getting out there and trying it! Don't let the fear of falling hold you back. If it happens, you'll get back on and NOT do the same thing again! Enjoy the freedom of being on a bike. *grin*
Fitness Minutes: (194,055) Posts: 6,604 4/21/08 9:20 A
Welcome! You should be afraid of falling off! Get yourself a helmet for riding on or off road. I took a pretty good spill last summer and ended up in the ER for a night due to a concussion (helmet on). I ride a lot and have great balance but was trying to avoid a speed bump and caught an edge. Ride safe and alert and you can be safe on a bike. Enjoy!
Welcome! And, yes, Enjoy the bike. You will love getting out and riding.
And the falling off. Don't dwell on it. You might or you might not. I have been riding daily for years and fell of yesterday. It wasn't that bad but I am hoping to go another 20 years before it happens again:)
Happy Riding Anne
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Fitness Minutes: (1,793) Posts: 585 4/21/08 8:18 A
Hi GymBrat - Welcome! Enjoy the bike. One of my g/f's was also afraid of falling so we rode around a quiet parking lot for a bit then went on a bicycle trail. Once she got past the jitters, she had a blast!
I'm new. I haven't ridden in years (I'm 30) and I was taking the spinning classes and loved it but then figured I should try to go outside. I run/walk and bought a basic mountain bike the other day since I live near the bike path and a couple parks.. wish me luck. I am scared of falling off. Silly, I know.
Not looking to race or anything, just get some exercise outdoors
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