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Teaching Adults How to Ride a Bicycle

After I wrote the Savvy Cyclist post about teaching children, I began on this post. I realized there’s only one difference in teaching adults.

The difference is age. Although that is an obvious difference, there is more to it than just the number of years.

What isn’t different about teaching adults?

First, the steps I use for teaching adults are the same I use with kids. We lower the saddle and remove the pedals so that balancing and steering are easier to accomplish. I created a chart listing skills from being able to sit on a bicycle saddle to riding independently. We check off each skill as it is mastered, celebrate the progress, and then prepare for what’s next.

Even a student who first begins to advance the bike forward using the feet on the ground is working on seve