How Long Does it Take to Learn to Ride a Cruzbike?
If you have thirty minutes, you can learn to ride!
Lauren, a good friend of ours, had never ridden a recumbent bike before. She’d heard us talk about how much we love our Cruzbikes and wanted to give it a try. So, on a Saturday morning, we met Lauren at a school parking lot nearby to give her a chance to try our Sofriders. This location is perfect to learn to ride because there is plenty of open space, without having to worry about cars driving by. There is also a gentle downward slope in the parking lot, which is ideal for getting started and practicing balance on the bike. If you’ve never ridden a recumbent bike before, it is like learning to ride a bike for the first time!
To begin, we instructed Lauren to glide slowly down the hill on the bike with her feet off the ground, but not on the pedals yet, so she could get a feel for the balance of the bike. By the second trip down the hill, Lauren felt confident enough to put her feet up on the pedals and start pedaling. We were impressed, as the step from just putting your feet on the pedals to actually pedaling can take a little bit of time. It can be difficult to maintain your balance, as the weight of the bike will shift from left to right as you complete each pedal rotation with your left and right foot. In order to counterbalance this weight shift, your arms will need to hold the handlebars steady so the front of the bike will not turn in one direction or the other. Although this sounds complicated, once you are on the bike, it is really quite simple to get comfortable with this motion. And, if it does not come naturally to you, do not worry! If you start to feel like you are going to lose your balance (or if you are not feeling comfortable from the motion), you simply need to apply the brakes and put your feet down to stabilize the bike, as well as slow yourself down.
After several more trips, Lauren was comfortable with the pedaling motion and balance of the Cruzbike. It took a bit longer to get up the hill, but with each repeated try Lauren rode further around parking lot, until she completed the full loop minutes later! Now, we were ready to ride on the bike paths around the neighborhood. Although confidence making tight turns and navigating narrow spaces will grow with time, Lauren did a great job climbing hills and making turns with success. After our ride, Lauren was very pleased and is even thinking of selling her upright bike to buy a Cruzbike. We look forward to riding again soon!
Kim & Scott