Heavy Riders
One of the hardest parts of biking, especially when you are a heavy rider, is how to ride a bike with confidence. You may have a lot of reasons to hesitate riding a bike but if you would not be able to build confidence and boost that confidence, sadly, you will never be happy and successful in bicycling.


So to help you out, here are some tips for heavy riders on how to ride a bike with confidence.


  1. You must know the law. This is basic when you want to go out and ride a bike. You need to know and be familiar with your local laws about riding a bike. A lot of people are not aware of this but there are many places in the United States which consider bikes as vehicles. If you know this fact, you will be able to have confidence since you have as much right to use the streets and hi-ways as a person driving a car or a motorcycle. This also connotes that you need to follow the rules a car is required to observe. You can also be penalized for rules you commit. Additionally, you need to know the local laws about how drivers of motor vehicles ought to handle bike riders on the road. This includes the right space between bicycles and motor vehicles.


  1. You should know how to stop properly and quickly. If you try to stop too abruptly and press too hard on your front brake, you would surely go over your handlebars and bikes for heavy people. This is definitely not a good picture. There is a smart technique to avoid such. You simply put your weight back over your rear tire as you press on your brake. This way, you are redistributing your weight and keeping your wheels on the ground for a smooth and safe stop. Try this technique on a quiet street and practice more if needed. If you know deep inside you that you have learned and tried the proper way to stop without getting injured, 


Bikes for heavy people will be more confidence to hit the road


  1. Ride at a pace you are most comfortable with. Nobody is really pressuring you to ride fast as other bicyclists or maneuver as well as they do. Perhaps the only one who pressures you to do so is yourself. Don’t. Just take it easy. You will gain more confidence if you ride at a speed you can control.


  1. It would help if you practice how to avoid falls. Practice getting your other foot on the ground as fast as you can when you feel you are about to lose your balance. This is one of the most effective ways on how to avoid falling on the ground and getting injured. Be alert and mindful always. You must be more nimble than falling. Once you feel you are a few seconds away from losing your balance, think and act quickly and appropriately. You may also hit the brake keeping in mind the tip and technique mentioned above.


  1. Get the right bike for you. Regular bicycles are not really specially designed for heavy riders. The best way is to get a custom built bicycle since it is almost impossible to find a bike at stores or malls that suits you best. This way, you will be assured that the bike fits you perfectly because it is built for your specific needs. Choose a bike that gives you comfort and ease, a bike that has wider and well-padded seats, wider and lower pedals. And most of all, choose a sturdy bike, one that has beefier tires, stronger frame and rims. When you know that your bike can carry your weight well, you can forget your fears of breaking one and be laughed at. You will surely gain confidence in riding a bike.


Since practice makes perfect, you may want to find a safe place for you to practice. Try looking for a place which is flat with less people and less up or down hills and curves. An empty parking lot and a laid-back park are a good idea.


Try to be familiar with the mechanics of your bike, especially the brakes. Does your bike have brakes on the handlebars or does it have rear pedal brakes instead? Which brake controls the rear tire and which one controls the front? Try practicing using your brakes. For the rear tire brake you may need a little distance since it takes a little time for the bike to stop while the front brake brings the bike to an abrupt stop which sometimes causes a crash. You might want to be cautious during your practice.


If it is difficult for you to mount your bike, you can lower the seat. Try practicing mounting your bike. If you are still trying to get the hang of it, you may want to mount your bike while at a stop. One suggestion in mounting a bike is by positioning the pedals at a 10:00 position as in a clock. Stand over the bike but not yet sitting, with hands on the handle bars. Step on your left pedal (or right, whichever is comfortable for you) and push it down making you stand on it then lift your other foot off the ground and step on the other pedal downwards and sit, lean forward as you pedal away.


When riding the bike, try leaning forward and put most of your body weight on your hands on the handlebars so as not to put too much pressure on your seat and prevent saddle sore.