Who else is tired of the back-and-forth of this year’s weather pattern here in the Northeast?
I know I am.
Well. Maybe just a little bit.
I say this because it’s nice to have brisk temperatures to decrease the sweat factor – who’s with me? But riding in the snow? Not so much.
Anyway, while we’re all waiting for some decent riding weather to come and stay, make sure your bicycle is ready to go!
Bike Prep Made Easy
1. So, while the weather is gettin’ it together, go ahead and get your eco-friendly spray cleaner and chain oil to get your bike prepped for the upcoming warmer temps we’re expecting shortly!
2. Make sure your brakes are working properly and that they’re not too worn out.
3. Then check your tires’ air pressure and fill according to the recommended PSI.
4. And check your bicycle chain’s lubrication level. If it’s bone dry – poor baby – then give it some fresh chain oil/lube. But before you add the fresh, give the chain a quick wipe or two with some cleaner to remove whatever grime there may be from last season (!). Hey, we’ve all been there.
5. Then, check the batteries in your front AND rear bike lights!
Welcome to City Bike Coach!
I’m so glad you could stop by today.
Today’s topic is about the one thing you need to ask out loud before registering a loved one for a Learn-to-Ride session.
The one thing that comes up so frequently is….drum roll, please….: Rider Readiness!
Just how ready to learn is your loved one?
Often, folks will call – either for their children or a significant other – to schedule a Learn-to-Ride session.
For parents of children, ages 4 years to 7 years, the main theme is, “It’s time that Johnny and Susie learn to ride! What’s the earliest appointment available?”
For significant others, I hear a lot of this: “I want him/her to ride with me on the weekends. It’ll be so much fun to be able to spend more time together doing what I love!”
Sometimes, the same people will have already booked a session online and then call for the details.
But here’s the thing: Are you the one who wants the student to ride? Or, has the student stated a strong desire to learn? In most cases, when the targeted student does not want to learn a session can be a disaster. Truly.
You may ask, “But how can learning to ride a bike be that hard? Get outta here! That’s just what you do when you’re a kid. I did it, I fell, I got over it, and look how I turned out!”
Well, let me tell you.
First, if a student – no matter the age – has a real fear of riding, that fear must be addressed first. Maybe you were forced to do it, too, but was that fun?
Second, perhaps the student has no interest in learning. In our worlds, this can be unfathomable, but think of all the things your family and friends love to do yet you have no desire to even try. Um, baking with cricket flour, anyone?
Third, maybe the student is not ready developmentally. For children, there is no set time for physical fluency. For example, a four-year-old who is flying on her balance bike may find that her legs shut down once pedals are introduced.
Now, if a student has fear and/or physical fluency factors but really wants to learn how to ride a bicycle, then there’s your green light! We’ll take it one session at time until the student is rolling on two wheels.
This is why at City Bike Coach, we must know and feel that the following is true: The student must state a desire to learn – or at least be curious enough to try. It’ll be the first thing I’ll ask anyone calling for a session. So please ask your loved one first; it will save you unnecessary stress, time, and money. Trust me :).