Halfbike is a great exercise tool that keeps one’s mind and body in shape; it trains balance, reflexes, and endurance in a way that is gentle to the back and the joints.
Learning to ride one, however, is a unique experience in itself. Some bits of the process you might find are similar to other sports, but it is essentially unlike anything you’ve tried before. So, free yourself of any expectations, and give your brain and body time to adapt to the new movements. Most people learn to ride in a straight line in about 15-20 minutes; from then on, riding starts to feel less like a struggle, and in a week or so is when the real fun begins. Mastering Halfbike won’t happen overnight, you see; that set of skills needs more time and practice. The ever-present feeling of accomplishment, though, is the one-of-a-kind motivator that will get you there.
Over the past few years, after many test rides and observations, we've learned that when it comes to Halfbike, there is no shortcut from beginner to pro. It took us a while, but we found the pattern that most people follow while learning; the graphic below illustrates the main phases riders usually go through. Enjoy!
If you have a box full of Halfbike components in your hands, get ready for the next step.
We highly recommend watching the video below in advance. It will help you put all the pieces together in the easiest way and assemble your Halfbike properly. Use the video as a guideline and follow the steps in the assembly manual that you'll find in the box (also available here).
* The video tutorial for Halfbike 2 is here.
There should be a Halfbike standing by your side now. Take a moment and try to remember what it felt like the first time you rode a bicycle and all the excitement from trying something new. Ride safely and always use personal protective equipment, including a helmet. And most importantly, enjoy your new Halfbike :)
Here are a few tips that should make the learning process smooth and more enjoyable:
• Find an open and flat area with a smooth pavement;
• Relax your hands on the handlebar, don’t squeeze too hard as this will not give you extra stability. Put one foot on a pedal, and push with the other to get some speed;
• Your first goal is to find your balance and ride in a straight line, leave turns for later;
• Look ahead and not down. This will significantly improve your balance;
• Give yourself time to adapt to the new movements and do not forget to have fun!;
• Relax and try to let go of control;
• If you start to lose your balance, let go of the Halfbike and try to step/jump to the side;
• Be cautious for your own safety and the safety of those around you;
• Try shifting your body weight backwards while braking; this will soon become intuitive;
• Remember, all you need is a bit of determination, positive attitude, and practice, practice, practice. Before you know it, you’ll have a blast!
Check weekly to ensure that all nuts and bolts on the Halfbike are securely fastened. That includes the ones on the truck and the QRs on the handlebar. Keep the tires well-inflated; we recommend a tire pressure of 3.5 bars/50 psi for all three tires. This will make riding your Halfbike easier and more еnjoyable. Keep the chain clean and well-lubricated, just as you would do on a regular bicycle. The same applies to all other moving parts. Some basic cleaning will increase their lifetime.
Let us introduce to you the community tools and all the ways to stay connected, for it is always more fun to share the ride.
To explore them, please go to the Community Section of our website. Head to Stories if you would like to read a selection of inspiring Halfbike stories from all over the world or if you feel like sharing yours. There, you will also find numerous independent and detailed reviews. Check your Playground to see if there are other Halfbikers around you, and get in touch if you’d like to share a ride. Browse the Halfbike Forum for a solid database of know-how, tips, tutorials, answers to all the FAQs, and much more. You can, for example, find fellow Halfbikers and members of the local Halfbike club or start a brand new one.
The Halfbike Club in Strava is for everyone keen to track and share more about their rides and achievements.
The Halfbike Referral Program is for everyone excited to spread the Halfbike magic locally or just eager to find a riding buddy. You're most welcome to contact us if you like to further engage with the project and become part of our Ambassador fleet.
You will unlock all the functionalities of the Halfbike community after you create a profile there. It will give you access to your personal dashboard, where you will be able to specify your playground, view your unique promo code and referral link, send messages to other Halfbikers, and keep track of all your conversations.
Accessories and Spare Parts
Another thing we constantly work on is the Halfbike accessories. So, if you are in search of the perfect lights or fenders, a helmet or a bell, a travel bag or a Halfbike t-shirt, replacement tires or any other Halfbike specific part, browse our selection in the Accessories Section.
If at some point you need any advice or support, head to the Halfbike Forum and get some know-how from other members of the family. We, too, will be only an email away at firstname.lastname@example.org. So, don't be shy, say Hi and a member of our team will respond as soon as possible. :)
Enough reading, it’s time for a ride :)