At a stoplight, but just don't want to put your feet on the ground? Follow these steps to keep yourself balanced.
1. Slow rapidly using both your front and back breaks as you come to a stop.
2. Release the rear brake when you're almost stopped.
3. Stand on the pedals and level them. Both pedals should be parallel to the street.
4. Turn the front wheel slightly to one side.
5. Push the pedals slightly forward, enough to move the bike an inch or two.
6. Release the front brake slightly as you begin to lose your balance, and roll back the same distance.
7. Repeat until you can proceed.
Keep in mind that you're not really stopped, just moving back and forth very slowly.
Avoid trying this in traffic if you're not sure you can do it - practice in a safe environment first.
Try leaning slightly harder on the pedal opposite the direction you're turning the front wheel.
If you have any condition that would impair or limit your ability to engage in physical activity, please consult a physician before attempting this activity. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.
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Heads Up! by John Smith
If you shift your gaze down the road (a tree or street light pole on the other side of the traffic light, for example) instead of looking downwards, your balance will improve.
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