Go For Your First Ride
If you're riding a hybrid or mountain bike, take it to a level, open, grassy field for a few test rides. "The grass helps to protect you in case of beginner spills―which are completely normal," Bausch says. "Plus, this gives you a chance to build your confidence on the bike without being surrounded by distractions, like cars or other riders." Stay on bike paths or bike lanes until you're ready to ride on the open road.