Just learned how to ride and i'm hooked!

  • eM_Jay

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    Jan 26, 2016 12:31 PM GMT
    This definitely won't change the world but i'm just happy about it so i thought i'd share.

    I just learned how to ride a bike last Sunday and it's AWESOME! I've been afraid to try it for a long time since i never learnt as a kid. My buddy got sick of me not knowing how to and he pushed me (literally) into it. One, two, three and KaBlam; i picked it up in under an hour. Now i'm hooked!

    I'm already covered in bruises and scrapes from falling hard but i consider them merit badges.I slid on the road a distance of about half a meter and got a huge scrape on my left hand. Even the sting and pain is a reminder of achievement though icon_biggrin.gif Just another reminder to me that it's never to late to learn (to fall and keep going at it).

    I'm getting some protective gear soon, maybe a helmet and knees pads. But for now i'm already heading out to go attack another hill on the bike my bud gave me. icon_biggrin.gif

    Happy cycling peeps icon_cool.gif


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    Jan 26, 2016 2:45 PM GMT
    eM_Jay said
    I'm getting some protective gear soon, maybe a helmet and knees pads. But for now i'm already heading out to go attack another hill on the bike my bud gave me. icon_biggrin.gif

    Happy cycling peeps icon_cool.gif

    GET A HELMET! NOW!

    I've been riding 2-wheelers for over 60 years, and today I never ride without a helmet.

    In the 1950s we didn't even have helmets for recreational riding, to my knowledge. I crashed and ended up unconscious, taken by ambulance to the hospital for a week. I still have amnesia about it.

    I won't go around the block for groceries on my bike without a helmet. In fact, one day right here in Wilton Manors I was knocked over by a hit & run car driver. Got some bloody scrapes, nothing serious, the bike OK, and wearing my helmet. Nobody reported the driver, I couldn't ID him while sprawled on the ground, he got away.

    So what kinda bike you riding? A bike is like an extension of my body, totally natural. Now that I have trouble walking, I call my bike my "2-wheeled wheelchair". I can ride easier than walk, the light pedal pressure less on my feet and legs than walking. I'm glad you're happy having learned about bikes.

    BTW, I see you're in Belgium. My first 2-wheeler was from Belgium, that my Father got for me in 1954. A Flandria I think it was. Beautiful thing, with pin-striped fenders and a diamond frame scaled to my small size. Not some tanky US Schwinn of that era.

    What is your bike make? I had a Peugeot when I lived in Germany.
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    Jan 27, 2016 12:18 AM GMT
    Congratulations. It is never to late to learn something new, now just watch out for drivers that sometimes forget to see the cyclist.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 27, 2016 2:19 AM GMT
    That is awesomeicon_exclaim.gif It really doesn't matter when you learned how to ride a bike the important thing is that you took the first major step by getting on and pedaling towards even better health. As for a bike helmet, get one as soon as possible. It is very important to protect your head just in case of an accident. Be safe, don't be sorry. Also follow all traffic laws when riding.
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    Jan 27, 2016 4:11 AM GMT
    Good for you.Be safe and enjoy.
  • cageym

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    Jan 27, 2016 9:44 PM GMT
    Yes, get - and wear - the helmet. My partner would be dead (or worse) were it not for his helmet. After his header, the bike shop kept the battered and fractured helmet as a learning tool for others!
  • eM_Jay

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    Jan 30, 2016 7:34 AM GMT
    Thanks to everyone for your posts and advice. Wish i'd followed it sooner. Just so happens that i got into a header with a tree and cracked my skull; had a full day's concussion and even stitching. I actually just got back from hospital.

    Doc reckons i should stay away from cycling for a bit so i'll follow his advise for now. But even this little accident wont stop me. I got a helmet and pads, even gloves (i practically look like darth vadar). Soon as i'm good to go again i'm hitting the road. The place i'm in has perfect hills for both training/exercising as well as for getting adrenaline-rushing speeds going downhill. There's even a great mountain trail nearby.

    I'll definitely be safer now and take more precaution; i dont wanna bash my head into anything again. Still cant wait till i feed my new-found cycling addiction again thoughicon_lol.gif
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    Jan 30, 2016 7:44 AM GMT
    eM_Jay saidThanks to everyone for your posts and advice. Wish i'd followed it sooner. Just so happens that i got into a header with a tree and cracked my skull; had a full day's concussion and even stitching. I actually just got back from hospital.

    Doc reckons i should stay away from cycling for a bit so i'll follow his advise for now. But even this little accident wont stop me. I got a helmet and pads, even gloves (i practically look like darth vadar). Soon as i'm good to go again i'm hitting the road. The place i'm in has perfect hills for both training/exercising as well as for getting adrenaline-rushing speeds going downhill. There's even a great mountain trail nearby.

    I'll definitely be safer now and take more precaution; i dont wanna bash my head into anything again. Still cant wait till i feed my new-found cycling addiction again thoughicon_lol.gif


    OUCH. So sorry to hear it. icon_cry.gif

    In case nobody has told you (I wouldn't have known; maybe everyone else did), it's also important to know that the helmets are disposable. Once a helmet has taken a blow on your behalf, it's compromised and has to be replaced.

    Wish you a speedy and full recovery...
  • OHCanon

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    Feb 06, 2016 11:30 PM GMT
    Congratulations! I've been on the road since 16 ... A long time. Nice to go far and fast but gotta always be aware of the environment and defensive. May you enjoy for many years to come.
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    Feb 10, 2016 11:38 PM GMT
    Glad you're enjoying it. As your experience grows, so will your enjoyment. Then if you're lucky you'll be into downhill mountain biking and BMX. Those are the funnest!

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    Feb 20, 2016 8:13 PM GMT
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    I'm just now back from bike shop. Took an older friend, she's in her late 70s. Hasn't ridden since she was teenager but always comments on my bikes when I'm riding through or when she visits and so she wanted to get into it.

    I was very nervous because I didn't want her getting hurt and so I talked her into at least trying a three wheeler which she had trouble balancing on. All you have to do is sit there. So I worked with her some on that in the store parking lot. And we looked at some other things when I spotted a new to me bike, an ultra low step through frame.

    Looked like a great bike not for the OP but for maybe someone starting to bike late in life but after having already lost some range of motion. Super easy to mount this thing and not a bad looking bike. Anyway, just that I'd post that here. Good luck OP on your new found addiction.

    I've been biking since forever so don't recall my first time but I do remember when I first discovered mountain biking on a rented bike in a park. I had a smile on my face the entire time and a new bike that month.

    Here's the step through frame. Great idea for anyone who might need it...

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