8. Make them comfortable
If you want them to love it, make sure they’re comfortable. I’ve seen a lot of people starting out in borrowed boots, gloves that are too big or, God forbid, a helmet that doesn’t fit. Do your best to find proper gear that fits. (Please also make sure it’s clean, especially if it is your old helmet that’s been collecting dust in the garage. Clean it first!) I know it’s not always possible to find the perfect fit, and you’re not going to kit out a rider in all new gear without knowing if they’re even into it. But if you want to start out on the right foot, make your beginner as comfortable as possible. Ask around to your buddies (this is another reason to learn with like beginners) and borrow gear if possible. It’s not just about the fit, but also the quality and performance.
If your beginner is cold or wet, or has blistered hands or gets shoelaces sucked into the countershaft sprocket (another unfortunate incident that happened to yours truly so many years ago…), they are far less likely to enjoy the ride. Start out on the right foot with proper gear that fits well and protects the rider. Bonus points if they look good. It’s all about confidence, right?