How did you learn to ride a bicycle?

Mr. John Mr. John
Most of us can ride a bicycle. So, I was thinking back to when I was a wee young kid, and how I had learned to ride a bike. At the time, I had four older siblings, and most of what I had was hand me downs, including bicycles. Also, I think that when it came my turn to learn, my parents were spent. The enthusiasm they probably had for my siblings turned into more of a chore when it was my turn. I'm not complaining, just making a point. So, I remember teaching myself to ride. I started alongside the road curb with my right foot atop the curb and side walk. I then would scoot my right foot along the top of the curb while my left foot was on the peddle. I kept pushing off my right foot until I had enough speed that I was able to put my right foot on the peddle. All of a sudden, I was bicycling. Damn that was exciting. I don't really recall just how many times I bicycled around our block, but it was a lot. I mean that I bicycled around that block, many, many times. The reason I bicycled around my block for so many times, is that I never considered how to stop.

Do you recall learning to ride a bicycle? Who helped you, or did you learn on your own? How old were you?
05/06/2013
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Llewey Llewey
I was about 6, and my mom helped me with a little bike with training wheels. Pretty soon I could take the training wheels off, and even got some cool jingly beads that slid up and down the tire spokes as I rode along.
05/06/2013
ShadowedSeductress ShadowedSeductress
My dad taught me when I was 5 or 6. He didn't do anything out of the ordinary, just took my training wheels off, held on to me, and eventually let go. Like a lot of kids I did great until I realized he had let go. I freaked out then crashed, haha
05/06/2013
CutiePatootie CutiePatootie
My dad mainly taught me when I was 6 (training wheels were taken off and given to my little brother when he was 4, so I had to learn)
05/06/2013
spiced spiced
My dad finally gave into pressure from Mom and me and got me a really horrible no-name used bike when I was 8. He thought training wheels were an unnecessary expense. He took me to the quiet street behind ours, had me get up on the seat, made sure my feet were on the pedals — and then he gave the bike a shove and yelled at me to pedal, and to pedal backwards when I wanted to stop. Fortunately, I figured it out!
05/06/2013
KinkyKatieJames KinkyKatieJames
Simple: I didn't!
05/06/2013
rosythorn rosythorn
I learned when I was about 10, we couldn't have a bike before then I weighed too much for the training wheels so I had to learn real quick or fall.
05/06/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
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Originally posted by KinkyKatieJames
Simple: I didn't!
I never learned to ride a bike either! I live on a farm with a gravel driveway off of a highway. I was on my first horse when I was ten days old and riding by myself by the time I was three, though.
05/06/2013
Sammi Sammi
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Originally posted by ShadowedSeductress
My dad taught me when I was 5 or 6. He didn't do anything out of the ordinary, just took my training wheels off, held on to me, and eventually let go. Like a lot of kids I did great until I realized he had let go. I freaked out then crashed, haha
Yep, I remember doing that crash too
05/06/2013
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
My dad taught me - we had old hand-me down stuff, so no fancy training wheels - and in the country no curbs to help out. I didn't take to it easily - but my dad persisted and got me going. Thanks dad
05/07/2013
eri86 eri86
My dad taught my in the play ground by our house. He also taught me to drive. Good times.
05/07/2013
Zombirella Zombirella
I was 5 or 6, my grandma took me to the school parking lot and it only took a couple of hours. Love my grandma, one of my best friends
05/07/2013
Gary Gary
I got on the bike at the top of the hill, and made it to the bottom. Then I wrecked. But after that I knew I could do it.
05/07/2013
gsfanatic gsfanatic
Bike with training wheels until my parents took them off (I was capable of riding normally, just determined not to until they pushed the issue)
05/08/2013
GONE! GONE!
A relative tried to teach me but all I learned was that bike riding is definitely not for me.
05/08/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by surreptitious
I never learned to ride a bike either! I live on a farm with a gravel driveway off of a highway. I was on my first horse when I was ten days old and riding by myself by the time I was three, though.
I learned on a gravel drive, it can be done, but it sure wasn't as easy as it could have been! My dad just held onto the back of the seat for a few feet & I got it after a few tries. I was 3 1/2 and within 20 minutes I was flying down the sidewalks; I loved going fast!
05/25/2013
.kaycat .kaycat
My father taught me
05/25/2013
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by Mr. John
Most of us can ride a bicycle. So, I was thinking back to when I was a wee young kid, and how I had learned to ride a bike. At the time, I had four older siblings, and most of what I had was hand me downs, including bicycles. Also, I think that when ... More
I had a bike with training wheels. One day my dad took them off. He held me as I went around the block. Then, once going, he let go..didn't tell me, just let go. I was riding full tilt from then on!!!!
05/25/2013
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by KinkyKatieJames
Simple: I didn't!
You don't ride a bike?
05/25/2013
Bignuf Bignuf
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Originally posted by Llewey
I was about 6, and my mom helped me with a little bike with training wheels. Pretty soon I could take the training wheels off, and even got some cool jingly beads that slid up and down the tire spokes as I rode along.
Oooohhhh. That does sound cool. We did the cards in the spokes thing.
05/25/2013
padmeamidala padmeamidala
Quote:
Originally posted by Mr. John
Most of us can ride a bicycle. So, I was thinking back to when I was a wee young kid, and how I had learned to ride a bike. At the time, I had four older siblings, and most of what I had was hand me downs, including bicycles. Also, I think that when ... More
my Mom helped me to ride a bike.
05/25/2013
Eugler Eugler
My parents demounted the helping wheels and I went to the lawn and just tried until it worked. The lawn becaus falling off is less painful.
05/27/2013
gwenevieve gwenevieve
Quote:
Originally posted by Mr. John
Most of us can ride a bicycle. So, I was thinking back to when I was a wee young kid, and how I had learned to ride a bike. At the time, I had four older siblings, and most of what I had was hand me downs, including bicycles. Also, I think that when ... More
my dad got me one with training wheels and eventually took them off. i was p young. they got me a new pink bike as incentive to stop using training wheels, im p sure
05/27/2013
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