LEARN TO RIDE

WELCOME TO THE CLUB

CONGRATULATIONS! YOU’VE JUST CROSSED THE LINE. YOU’VE RECOGNIZED THE INTELLIGENCE OF FRONT WHEEL DRIVE, DYNAMIC BOOM TECHNOLOGY AND YOU’RE ABOUT TO TAKE BACK THE JOY OF CYCLING. WELCOME TO THE CLUB..

As you’ve no doubt discovered in your research, there’s a learning curve to Cruzbike. But it’s not as difficult as you might have heard and like any other new skill it just takes a willingness to learn and a bit of practice. To get comfortable quickly, work through this set of tasks. This approach is supported by the collective experience of hundreds of Cruzbike cyclists and our years of teaching. Credit and a very special thank you goes to Bob Pankratz for developing and posting these on our forum. They work. Follow them as suggested and you’ll be reveling in the freedom and speed you can achieve on your Cruzbike in no time.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

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YOUR NEW CRUZBIKE,
ADJUSTED FOR LEARNING

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A PARKING LOT WITH
A GENTLE SLOPE (1-2% PITCH)

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A HELMET AND
COMFORTABLE CLOTHING

SKILL 1: THE EASY CHAIR

DAY 1 | TIME: 2 Minutes play

Walk your Cruzbike to the high end of your gently sloping parking lot. Squeeze both brake levers to lock and step over the frame. Take your seat. With both brakes still locked, settle in. Get the feel of your body in the seat and your feet on the ground. Lean back, sit up. Lean back again. Get comfortable.

SKILL 2: THE FRED FLINTSTONE

DAY 1 | TIME: 2 Minutes play

Return to the high end of your learning area and position the bike downhill. Seat yourself on the bike with your feet on the ground. Gently push off and coast down the slope and lift your feet up in the air spread eagle. Get them as high as you can. We never said you were gonna look cool while learning, we just said you’d learn. When you reach the bottom of the slope, walk the bike back up and do it again. Repeat this five times.

SKILL 3: THE SPREAD EAGLE COAST

DAY 1 | REPETITIONS: 5 play

Beginning again at the high end of your learning area, gently push off and coast. This time, putyour feet on the pedals but do not pedal. You’ll want to pedal, but don’t do it. Keep the bike as steady and straight as you can. Do this twice. On the third repetition, steer just a touch using only your foot pressure. This is harder than it sounds but you need to learn what it feels like. Again, resist the urge to pedal. The best students wait. Repeat the pedal tease steering skill three times

SKILL 4 : THE PEDAL TEASE COAST & STEER

DAY 1 | REPETITIONS: 5 play

Beginning again at the high end of your learning area, gently push off and put your feet in the pedals. Now pedal. Pedal at least five revolutions during each descent and ascent in your learning area. Go straight, avoid turning. When you reach the bottom of your slope, stop, turn the bike and then start again with a gentle push off going up the slope.

SKILL 5: PEDALING

DAY 1 | REPETITIONS: 5 play

Release the brakes and begin to walk yourself and the bike forward while comfortably seated, a la Fred Flintstone. This simple skill helps you get the feel for weight distribution and your own position relative to the bike and the ground. Keep rolling until you feel comfortable lifting your feet just off the ground. Walk, roll and coast like this for a few minutes.

SKILL 6: TURNING

DAY 1 | REPETITIONS: 5 play

Start adding shallow turns. Lean out ever so slightly during the turn, as you would on a racing motorcycle or snowmobile. This is the opposite of what you’d do on a standard road bike..

SKILL 7: FIGURE EIGHTS

DAY 1 | REPETITIONS: 5 play

After you’re comfortable with shallow turns, pedal through some figure eights. Start big and work spaner. Go both directions. One will be easier, that’s your dominant side. Practice both. Pedal through the turns if you feel unsteady. This is the first bike you’ve had that you can pedal through any turn. Remember you can always drop a foot down to steady yourself if needed.

THE 20 MILE CHALLENGE

DAY 2 - 5| MILEAGE: 25

After you’ve mastered skills 1-7, you are ready to start logging mileage. Make it your goal to cycle 25 miles in the first five days you learn your Cruzbike. These can be short neighborhood rides or longer adventures. Stay safe, have fun and remember you can always put your feet down if you feel unsteady. Get out there! And as always, we’re here to help you with any questions you may have. We love to hear from you.

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