May 5, 2006

    I'm 32 years old and I don't know how to ride a bike.
    I found your Web site as I was looking on-line, and I saw that you offer lessons in California. I live in Denver. I was wondering if you know of any organization or individual that gives lessons in my area. Thanks for your help.

Chimene D.

    Hm, I haven’t taught bicycling in California for about five years. Some Web content seems to last longer than incumbent Congressmen.
    I commend you for wanting to take the first step in learning to bike. People twice your age have successfully taken learn-to-ride classes, so you sure haven’t gotten too old to learn.
    In the U.S., many states and large cities have bicycling advocacy organizations that can help you find bike classes. To learn about an organization near you, use the directory of the Thunderhead Alliance.
    Also, the League of American Bicyclists certifies bicycling instructors across the U.S. Its Web site lets you search for instructors in your state. You might contact one in your area and ask about learning to ride.
    Incidentally, I teach adults to bicycle for the first time, and on one of my Web pages you can read about the method I use. (The page describes how to teach kids, but I use pretty much the same method for adults.)
    Finally: After you learn to bike, I suggest you get my book, Urban Bikers’ Tricks & Tips. It shows (with pictures) how to build your cycling confidence and get comfortable with riding in traffic.

Mr Bike

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