Riding a Halfbike is unlike anything you have tried before. It is a totally new skill one has to learn from scratch and both brain and body need time to adapt to the new movements. Please start with this thought in mind and don’t expect to master it overnight. But it is worth it - riding a Halfbike is a wonderful new way to move around, a great exercise tool to keep brain and body in shape, it trains balance, reflexes and endurance in gentle to the back and joins way and it is fun!
Over the past few years, after many test rides and observations, we learnt that there is no shortcut from beginner to pro when it comes to a Halfbike. It took us a while to find out that there’s a pattern most people follow while learning. The graphic below illustrates the main phases people usually go through.
If you have a box full of Halfbike in your hands, get ready for the next step.
We highly recommend watching the video below in advance. It will help you put all 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.
You should now have a Halfbike standing by your side. 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 safe 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 leg 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 greatly 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 be 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.
We would like to 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’d like to share yours. You will find numerous independent and detailed reviews there too. Look at your Playground to check 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 and tutorials, answers to all the FAQ and much more. There you can find fellow Halfbikers and members of the local Halfbike club or start 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, keen to spread the Halfbike magic locally or just eager to find a riding buddy. Please do get in touch if you’d 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. This will give you access to your personal dashboard where you will be able to specify your playground, view your personal 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 are 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 know’how from other members of the family. We, too, will be an email away at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 :)