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Old 05-03-2010, 09:24 PM
 
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I am embarrassed to say this...I am an adult and don't ride a bicycle. Haven't ridden on since my childhood. After moving to Denver, I want to ride. How can I learn bicycling and ride the many trails here? are there bike riding classes? or do I just rent a bike and learn on my own (?) and see how it goes? Any suggestions?

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Old 05-03-2010, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Warm Springs, GA
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To pull out the old saying.... picking it up again is "like riding a bike"

Sorry... but it's not hard. As someone who loves the idea of riding a bike, but just can't seem to make it work with my real life, find something COMFORTABLE to ride. Take your time, forget looks or status, if it's not comfortable, you won't ride it. Think about what you'll be doing with the bike the Majority of the time (riding to stores/work/on weekends for fun/up mountains/etc...), and buy the bike that can do that for you. I've had both road bikes and mountain bikes in the past, and they just were NOT the right tool for the job (a cruiser with baskets... for "stuff").

If you're not comfortable, you won't ride. So get comfortable.
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Old 05-03-2010, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Welcome | Denver Bike Sharing

You could try borrowing a bike from one of the kiosks that are placed around town. I know there's one in Cherry Creek on Columbine between 2nd and 3rd Ave for sure, and I've seen others but don't remember the exact locations off hand.
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Old 05-04-2010, 05:05 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Don't know what part of Denver, but the guys at Campus Cycles down Evans from DU are astonishingly knowledgable nice guys. If you're in the area you might stop in and ask them. They are very pro cycling (not just because it's good for business) and would probably love to offer you some advice on getting into cycling.
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Old 05-04-2010, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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What about training wheels? It worked when we were kids.
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:07 AM
 
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:57 AM
 
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Welcome | Denver Bike Sharing

You could try borrowing a bike from one of the kiosks that are placed around town. I know there's one in Cherry Creek on Columbine between 2nd and 3rd Ave for sure, and I've seen others but don't remember the exact locations off hand.
yes, these bikes have a low center of gravity and are incredibly stable so they would be good to learn on. that said, you will probably still need a friend along side you to prop you up as you learn. also, you can only check them out for 30 minutes at a time without paying extra, but they will probably still be cheaper than an all day rental from a bike shop.
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:04 PM
 
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You should just buy a bike and try it out. As long as you have some open, flat space where you can practice at first you'll do fine. Since I hate doing bicycle machanics and I like to ride hard, I used to go to salvation army every yeaand buy a 'new' bike there for a few bucks and then just give it away when it got thrashed. Now that I've upgraded to bonafide mtn. bikes I do have to pay a mechanic to service it a couple times a year. The point is, you can probably find a cheapo bike at someplace like goodwill or salvation army and upgrade later.
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:06 PM
 
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How about going to a store and just sitting on a stationary bike to get the feel of how to sit and pedal? Be prepared though, no matter what you do, you will eventually take a tumble on a real one. Don't practice on the grass; it is not smooth and the grass gives resistance. You can get a 7 day free pass on-line at Bally's and 24 hour fitness and try their stationary bikes.
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I love bikes, always ride, always have a bike, irregardless of how many cars I own...

Sometimes I ride them out of economic nessicity, other times cause I just enjoy the open air...and excercise...

In the urban area I now habitate...the only people you see riding bikes are those inner city males, who can't get drivers license, so instead ride around on pawn shop bikes...

But where I live, you rarely see people riding out of recreation...

I live in a 'hoodish' area...but still love to ride when I can...not cause I have to, but cause I like to...

And I have a nice Schwinn I purchased at Sports Authority...excellent beach/urban bike...it's super resistant to rust...

I love bike riding...and will do it until I physically can't...

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