Absolutely love riding my halfbike - it is a blast. I get tons of stares and questions - and a lot of 'COOL man - what is that thing?'. I will admit that I was hesitant to purchase due to all the comments on learning curve. I watched a ton of Youtube videos and also the instructional videos on the website. Once it arrived, my wife kept egging me on to get on it. First nice day - hopped on it and went. Honestly, it took me about 20 minutes to feel comfortable on it. For me - a 50 year old dude - was able to pick it up pretty quickly. Like I said earlier - this thing is a blast. Make it happen and pick one up - you will not be disappointed Also a great leg workout - and a great workout overall!