Wyoming Is A Great State For Getting Out And Riding
One of the first items many of us had as kids that we had to be responsible for was our bicycle. It gave it that sense of freedom. We rode it all over town, up and down the street, jumped some rad jumps, and then washed it off when muddy. Our bikes doubled as a horse, a racecar, and an old baseball card in the spokes, turned into a motorcycle.
Even though things have changed quite a bit since I was a kid, getting that first bike is still cool. I haven't ridden a bike in years, and I feel I could jump on one and take off, just like I used to. Although, I'd probably stay away from the "rad jumps" and stick to beginner trails.
One thing I never thought about until I read a new Learn To Ride Report is that some people never learned to ride a bike.
One in six adults reportedly were embarrassed to admit they didn't know how to ride a bike. Most said the reason was that they never had access to a bike, others said they were never taught to ride, and some said they were scared to have a bike wreck.
Most of us learned to ride a bike when we were kids, as the average age is 7, but it's never too late to learn. Google data shows that Wyomingites are eager to learn to ride a bike, get out, and hit the trails. Luckily, Wyoming has many trails to ride, which is undoubtedly part of the reason for the desire to jump on a bike.
It's never too early to start planning your summer fun. This year, it could be on a bike with your whole family.
If you're unsure how to ride a bike but want to learn, here are a few pointers from Bikeability.
- Remove the pedals and lower the seat - this will allow you to learn how to balance your bike and be lower to the ground to give you the stability you need
- Practice balancing - Find an area that will give you a soft landing if you fall. With your pedals off, your feet are close to the ground, making catching yourself easier.
- When you conquer balancing, put the pedals back on - remember that riding faster makes it easier to keep your stability and momentum.
- Be patient - Don't risk hurting yourself by not taking your time learning. It's easier to learn things as a kid; you're not so set in your ways. Take your time, get comfortable, and have fun.
Now you're ready to roll.
The Wyoming State Park system has multiple areas with bike trail access.
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