Riding a hiwheel bicycle can be an enjoyable pastime, but having a good idea of what to do before you climb on is key to the experience. Below are a few points to keep in mind.
1. Preparing to Mount:
Mount from the rear. Grasp handlebars loosely. Place your left foot on the step while your right foot pushes. Push rapidly but cautiously; cycle should be moving fast before attempting to stand on the step. See the Size Chart to make sure your hiwheel is the right size for you.
2. Scooting & Practicing Steering:
Do not sit on the seat or pedal until you have mastered steering and scooting along. Stand on the rear step and scoot rapidly, then mount and pedal.
Reach back with your left foot, point toe and place the ball of your foot on the step. Remember, keep pedaling with your right foot until left foot finds the step. Dismount to the side. (It's like getting off a horse.)
The hiwheel should be ridden with forearms stiff until cycle is mastered. Speed must be kept up during turns.
Spokes may loosen occasionally. Use the spoke tool carefully, do not overtighten. Sometimes excessive temperature variations will cause front tire to gap at the seam. Turn rear of wheel to front, grease exposed area of rim and ride four to five miles. Gap will close. Put a touch of grease on the front wheel bearing if it squeaks. Riding should be done with the utmost caution and extreme care. Too see how to install a tire on your hiwheel, see the Tire Install page.
Ride any hiwheel bicycle at your own risk. They're a lot of fun, but they can be dangerous if not treated with the respect they deserve.
For examples of how to transport your bike, see How to Transport a Hiwheel.