Learning the basics
Do you remember what it felt like the first time you rode a bicycle? All the excitement from trying something new? Learning how to ride a Halfbike from scratch and improving your skills would certainly be an amazing new experience!
We recommend that you find an empty open space with a smooth pavement. Having a little patience and determination will surely help as well. Learning to ride a Halfbike from scratch takes time and practice so don’t expect to just pop on and cruise away. Imagine learning to ride a bicycle for the first time. Most people are able to get the basics and ride in a straight line in under 10-15 minutes. All starts with feeling the ride and finding your balance. From then on riding will gradually start to feel less of a struggle and more fun. Have in mind that it’s more challenging than it may seem from the videos. However it only takes a few days of practice for most people to be able to ride with such an ease.
The two wheels at the rear make steering possible but don’t provide extra stability. The moment that you step on either pedal the bike will start leaning to the same direction and you have to counteract using your body weight and handlebar. Push off with one leg to get up to some speed. It’s significantly easier to balance when moving faster compared to when you’re still.
Your first goal is to ride in a straight line, so don’t try to turn at the beginning. It’s not as easy as it may seem. Try to relax and find your balance. The handlebar will help you balance but keep in mind that it takes very little effort to do so. Be gentle with it! Your arms need to be totally relaxed. Putting too much force on the handlebar won’t improve your balance and usually means you’re doing it wrong.
Turning the Halfbike works by shifting your weight to either direction. A gentle push on the handlebar is all that it takes to start moving in the desired direction. Don’t try to turn or twist the handlebar either as this won’t help you steer unlike on a bicycle. Always move the handlebar sideways instead.
If you feel like you are losing your balance, just let go of the Halfbike and try to step to the side. You’ll probably find jumping off quite easy and intuitive, as if you are just continuing to walk or run. Attempting to remain on the Halfbike until the last moment rather than just jumping off may result in a fall.
Be cautious for your own safety and the safety of those around you. Learning takes time and practice. Be patient and don’t get disappointed if you don’t master it overnight. Riding safely should always come first.