Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Bike Smarter. . . Not Faster . . Day 1

Today was our first bike clinic day!  We learned lots of things about biking!  When you bike it is like surfing!  Your feet are pedaling and your hands are holding the handlebars.  When you want to turn on your bike you slightly turn your head and your bike will follow.  If you feel like you are going to fall off your bike you can slightly turn your bike and you will regain your balance.  To start your bike riding you need to have your pedal at the BOOST position.  That means your pedal is either at 10 o'clock or 2 o'clock.  This gives you enough POWER to start riding your bike.  We also learned it is harder to ride on grass than on pavement.  So you have to use a lower gear.

 Our instructor's name was Wes.  He was awesome!

First Wes had us do some warm up exercises.  We used hoops as our bikes and followed him around the field making sure we didn't hit anyone!  Then we had to do some exercises on the grass to warm up our bodies!  They were fun.

Next he made sure our helmets fit properly and then he checked our bikes.  He brought some bikes and helmets with him in case we didn't have our own.

Finally we got on our bikes and rode around on the basketball court.  Our challenge was to ride without hitting anyone or anything!  If we could do that he challenged us to high five each other - either by stopping and doing it or by taking one hand off the wheel and doing it!  We were very good at this!  Only a couple of spills and no injuries!

Next we did an obstacle course to practice turning on our bikes.  We learned that you only have to turn your head slightly to turn your bike! 

At the end we played musical bikes!  When the music stopped we had to get off our bikes and stand in a hoop.  Wes gradually took hoops away so we had to share hoops!

Day 2 is tomorrow. . . . . I wonder what we will learn?

What do YOU know about biking?

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