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How can I make it clear to other road users that I'm an inexperienced cyclist?

This is an interesting and thoughtful question, and just the fact that you are thinking carefully about how other road users think about you is very valuable and will contribute to your safety on the ...
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Penny-farthings: Skills required to transition from standard bicycles?

Intro: Road cyclists often ask me this question when they encounter me riding my penny-farthing. It's a mystical beast little understood by many cyclists, so I'll take a moment to demystify the PF and ...
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How can I learn cycling with polio in my right leg?

I think the consensus in recent years has been to not use any kind of training wheels when learning to ride a bike. For young children there are balance bikes which don’t have any pedals or drivetrain ...
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How can I make it clear to other road users that I'm an inexperienced cyclist?

Cars drivers are not going to give you any breaks because you are new at cycling, so you need to learn how to not be a newbie. If you have trouble controlling the bike you need to go somewhere safe ...
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How can I make it clear to other road users that I'm an inexperienced cyclist?

Around here the most highly-correlated sign of a new cyclist is a high-visibility vest: They're not expensive (a search on Amazon UK pulls up several under £5), lightweight enough to not be hugely ...
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Does it makes sense to buy a new cycle to learn riding?

I learnt to ride in my 20s. I couldn't find a big enough bike second hand, except by spending several times the price of a cheap new bike. So I bought a cheap new bike and learnt to ride on it (a ...
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Fixie: how to learn to ride: step by step

I’ve been riding mostly fixed gear for, oh, maybe ten years now. I use bmx pedals with straps. Straps You really ought to practice getting in and out of them until it becomes second nature. Having ...
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How can I make it clear to other road users that I'm an inexperienced cyclist?

That's a good question, and is great that you are taking the time to think about these issues. You have stated your goals clearly, so I am going to address those rather than your specific questions, ...
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How can I make it clear to other road users that I'm an inexperienced cyclist?

In The Netherlands kids have an orange flag attached to their bike making the young, vulnerable (and inexperienced) biker more noticeable and signaling that the there's a vulnerable road user present: ...
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How can I learn cycling with polio in my right leg?

In many countries there are groups that have an interest in helping people with disabilities get into cycling - e.g. https://wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk/ . I would suggest such an organization if you ...
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Cost of lending out a child's bike?

The marginal cost of cycling is extremely low (i.e. the cost for an extra bit of use), especially as kids' lessons are going to be light use (I doubt they're hurtling off kerbs, for example). Kids' ...
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Fixie: how to learn to ride: step by step

I commute on a fixie sometimes. I'm not interested in fancy specialist skills, and am totally happy having brakes on my bike, so for me fixie skills come down to two things above and beyond "regular" ...
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How can I make it clear to other road users that I'm an inexperienced cyclist?

To add to the other excellent answers: Be predictable, proactive, and be visible I am a cyclist in a largish French city (Versailles), I also drive a car - and looking at cyclists from the perspective ...
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Fixie: how to learn to ride: step by step

As a fixie novice myself I'd suggest getting, and getting familiar with, clipless pedals and the shoes to match. Straps are only really an option if you can stop strapped in and lean on something ...
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Teaching 4.5 year old autistic level 1 how to ride bike with training wheels

I'll depart a bit from cycling mode: the Autism Society of America has chapters in each state. One of the things they may do is provide information and resources to people with autism or their parents....
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Rear Wheel Jamming on kids bike after Training Wheels

Sounds to me like the bearings in the rear wheel are unhappy. So normally on a kids bike, they use cheaper cup and cone bearings which have a cone nut and a locknut on each side. Note the lock nuts ...
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How can I teach an 18 year old girl to ride again? (Not ridden since 7)

I would go for the same way I taught my kids to ride. Take the pedals off and let her scoot around until she gets comfortable with the balancing part. Put the seat low enough so that she can touch ...
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Does it makes sense to buy a new cycle to learn riding?

Buy the bike you like and learn to ride on it. The Trek DS or something like it is a good bike to start on. Any bike in the pricing/style zone of the DS will last years. Welcome to cycling, it's a ...
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Does it makes sense to buy a new cycle to learn riding?

I'd suggest getting a used bike because you can resell it for less of a loss if you find it doesn't meet your needs. You still may want to buy it from a reputable dealer rather than an individual to ...
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Teaching 4.5 year old autistic level 1 how to ride bike with training wheels

One thing I’ve had good experience with in this situation is using zip ties to lock out the rear hub. Doing this means that the bike’s forward motion will carry the pedals with it, so they don’t get ...
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How can I teach an 18 year old girl to ride again? (Not ridden since 7)

This is a relatively unusual situation. Your young lady has passed the age of invincibility where kids will try things with less fear of consequences. Q1 Does she have hearing issues or balance ...
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How can I make it clear to other road users that I'm an inexperienced cyclist?

Answer: Don't. People won't be more careful around you, but might feel an increased need to "educate" you (by honking at you when they think you shouldn't be in their way, for example). ...
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Son has trouble pedalling fast

See if you can get a friends kid of similar size to try out the bike. if they have the same trouble - issue looks like the bike. Also check if your son is OK jogging with you for a while (to see if he ...
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Does this chain seem short? Does this photo indicate any obvious drivetrain issues?

Are you on your largest chainring in this picture? (Chainrings being the large cogs by your pedals). I see the chain deflecting slightly between the bottom of the lower jockey wheel (on the right in ...
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Teaching 4.5 year old autistic level 1 how to ride bike with training wheels

pedaling backwards brakes the bike This appears to be a common feature of European bikes. British bikes virtually never have a hub brake, and just have rim brakes instead. There's a good reason for ...
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How can I make it clear to other road users that I'm an inexperienced cyclist?

I ride in Paris a lot, and I'm often seen as inexperienced because I use a lot of shared bikes (Velib). I'll add that my personal criteria to judge a cyclist as inexperienced is their ability to keep ...
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How can I make it clear to other road users that I'm an inexperienced cyclist?

I noticed something in your question that I want to address directly and I'm not sure if someone had already. Riding a bicycle with long hair requires taking safety precautions. Please tie your hair ...
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Does it makes sense to buy a new cycle to learn riding?

If you don't know how to ride a bike yet, then you don't know what kind of bike you'll enjoy riding yet. So I wouldn't commit too much money up-front. In fact, if you have a friend who has a spare ...
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How can I learn cycling with polio in my right leg?

I foresee two possible issues with your situation: It may be difficult to use to right leg to keep you up after you have stopped It may be difficult to give a lot of power with your right leg when ...
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How can I teach an 18 year old girl to ride again? (Not ridden since 7)

You ask a couple of questions. Lets work through them ... How can I teach an 18 year old girl to ride a bicycle again From what you say it seems she already knows how to ride. ... she has ...
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