5. Pedal!

You’re ready to add the pedals. This little tip will ensure you are positioned for success. It’s called the Power Position. Let’s do this on the flat stretch of pavement.

1. Use your hand or foot to move your right pedal backwards until it is in the 2- o’clock position. Now, instead of gliding, put your right foot on the pedal and push down to start the bike moving. Then, brake and stop. Do this 5 more times, moving the pedal to Power Position each time. Note: If this does not feel comfortable, try it at the 10 o’clock position with your left foot instead.

2. Now, start in your Power Position, push down with your leading foot and then add the other foot. Brake and stop. Do this 5 times.

3. Get in Power Position, start pedaling, and then keep pedaling this time. Say “pedal, pedal, pedal.” Keep practicing braking and stopping, and increase your distance as your comfort grows. Hello — you are now riding a bike!

See Meghna do it:

@speedofbike

Meet my student from today. For #free #bike riding #tips and inspiration, see @pedalpowerwithpattie.

♬ Learning To Ride a Bike – Beth Raebeck Hall

Touch base with me to let me know how it’s going. Trust the journey!

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Still on the fence about trying this? Here are some words of encouragement from my student Helena, and some of my other students, here.

Meet Helena here