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Wow, May is over?

So, how did I do?  With a lot of help from the huz, I acquired an Electra Townie bike (my kids picked the color: orange), I shopped for helmets and bike locks with Jennifer, the huz found a cool helmet and cheap bike lock for me, so all of the shopping was strangely accomplished by a man who hates to shop.  Thanks, Huz!

The actual bike riding has been a lot slower.  I’ve toddled around in my backyard several times and almost gotten both feet off the ground, but I probably need to practice in the alley on a flat surface where I can work up a little speed.  Perhaps if I start getting up a little earlier so the alley is deserted and no one can see a grown woman learning to ride her bike, I’ll accomplish this.  Oh, still need to get the handlebars adjusted.  Put it on the list.

As with most of my resolutions, Resolution #5 will be an on-going project.

To be continued . . .

 

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Just found this helpful site that gives good step-by-step advice on learning to ride a bike: http://www.ibike.org/education/teaching-kids.htm

Not that any adults reading this are in the same predicament as am I, but perhaps this will help any parents out there who are in the process of teaching their kid/s how to break free from the shackles of training wheels.  Basically, you need a gentle, grassy slope, a bike, and a helmet.  Tell your child to coast without peddling.  After coasting feels comfortable, add peddling.  Then try it on a flat, grassy surface.  Bring band-aids and hugs.

The shackles

I actually used this method the last time I attempted to get on a bike, but that was 3 years ago and my bike, Murtle, weighed ten metric tons.  It was less than ideal.  Perhaps my seven-year-old and I will hit the gentle slope together, then break for ice cream.

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I’ve been waiting to post this, waiting to find time and waiting to share the news:  my family bought me an Electra for Mother’s Day!!  My husband took the kids to the bike shop on Friday while I was in bed with a migraine and the kids picked the color.  My son was so excited that he couldn’t keep it a secret for long.  That afternoon he told me that they went to the bike shop for my present.  “No, no, no, don’t say any more,” I protested.  “It’s not orange,” he lied.  Nice try, buddy.

My lil' beauty

We still need to take it back to the bike shop to adjust it.  I feel like I’m reaching far to get to the handlebars, but otherwise it’s great.  I now need the following:

  1. A bike helmet
  2. A lock
  3. A basket
  4. Repeated attempts to ride

My seven-year-old daughter is learning to ride without training wheels and she really wants to teach me.  I’m determined to learn before her or I’ll never live it down.

P.S.  For friends who wondered, the seat is down all of the way and my feet hit the ground AND it is a relatively lightweight vehicle.

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So here’s the deal: I cannot ride a bike.  The old adage is wrong, I learned how to ride a bike as a child, I stopped riding a bike when I was a child, I forgot how to ride a bike.  I actually have written a short essay about trying to learn again just a few years ago.  My friend (and avid cyclist) Jennifer attempted to help me.  I have an ancient bike that rates high in coolness, but low in function.  The thing weighs a ton and it’s entirely too big for me.

Enter resolution #5: Learn to ride a bike . . . for realz.  Jennifer has offered to help again, I have my sight set on a bike that looks user-friendly AND has a hip retro look to boot.  I’ll post pictures soon.  First things first, Jennifer and I are going to go visit some bike stores and have a look-see.  We’ll talk to the experts in the shops to find the right bike for me.  Next step, purchase bike (I may have to order it).  I’d like to find an affordable bike.  I have a lot of expenses coming down the pike and don’t need to be blowing a ton on this.  Last step: practice riding.

Why this resolution this month?  It’s National Bike Month, that’s why.

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