Knowing you have the power to stop is what will give you the comfort to go. So, let’s start there. (Hang tight — I’ll be adding a TikTok to show you soon.)
1. Straddle your bike with your feet flat on the ground and practice squeezing both brakes at the same time. (Never squeeze just the left brake.) Squeeze, release. Squeeze, release. Get used to how much pressure you need to use.
2. Practice draping at least a couple of fingers over the brake levers as your hands rest comfortably on the handlebars so that you are always “brake ready.”
3. Practice squeezing the brakes while you look up and ahead. Breathe in and out. Let tension run out of your shoulders as your hands relax. You are doing great! Stay with it!