Every time when I do something new I get anxious. Riding my new bicycle today was no exception, even though I’ve ridden one for most of my life up to about 25 years ago.
When I got home with my new bike last night, it was after dark and I had lots of other things to do, so I didn’t ride it yesterday. But I took it all around the Tantra Lake complex just now.
I was afraid that I would forget how to ride a bike and fall down immediately. I even wore an old shirt in case I fell. However, I realize just now that I forgot to wear my helmut. Fortunately, my shirt and my head are still intact.
The first few seconds were indeed pretty wobbly, but I managed to stay upright, and as soon as I was in control my anxiety turned to fun. I also figured out the shifting right away.
Clearly, riding a bike is like swimming. It’s hard to learn and about impossible to forget.
Yesterday I bought all the recommended accessories, except special shoes. I’m not convinced yet that I need them. What do you cycling experts recommend?
I also realized on my maiden ride just now that perhaps I could use clips to keep the legs of my blue jeans away from the chain. What do you think?