I finally picked up my bike!!!! Woohoo! I have wheels.
I’ve been a bit of a chicken about it because I planned to do it before my friend’s went overseas so I thought I could con them into riding with me, but shit happened and they’ve gone. I’ve been a total sooky la la about picking it up and riding the 6 km home alone, but then I realised if they get back and I haven’t picked it up, they’d give me so much shit.
I walked over – 6 km, got the bike and my friend’s dad (who’s been conned into building them a new laundry while they are in Paris, nice work there) pumped up the tyres. I got on then got off, feeling really insecure. The thought of wheeling it down to the train station and catching the train home was sooooo tempting, then I told myself if I couldn’t ride the bike home, I couldn’t have a bike.
I wheeled it a ways, they live in an area with lots of trucks… then got on the bike path and rode a tiny bit, then got off and wheeled it over the big overpass. I did a mix of riding and wheeling between Flemington Rd and Royal Park – it’s very hilly. I thought I’d struggle with the uphills but ended up being fine, it’s the downhills that scare me. Just to get this straight, I even freak in spin class unless I have a lot of resistance on the bikes so if you translate that to situation where speed = falls = broken bones, you can imagine my girlie wimpiness.
Once I got to Princes Park, it was all very flat and easy. Except for stopping. I think the bike seat is too high cos I couldn’t put my foot on the ground without getting insanely painful cramps in the arches of my feet and sometimes my calves plus the real danger of being anally raped by the bike seat. Any hints on bike adjustments?
I was wonky and scared and had the breaks on most of the time but I made it home in one piece even when the stupid skank stopped wheeling her pram in the middle of the bike path and walked in front of me to check on her kid – like she couldn’t get off the path and do that. Must buy a bell cos it didn’t work.
My plan is to ride every day so I get good at it, well confident anyway.