Bike Week Blog
Cycle Steps!15th May 2012
To some people cycling is a skill acquired during childhood; they begin on a tri-cycle, then on a bike with stabilisers, and finally they become fully fledged ‘two-wheelers’! However, this is not the case for everyone. This week’s blog focuses on one of Bike Week’s very own , Rachel is not what you would refer to as an enthusiastic cycling fan, she has never actually mastered riding a bike. Rachel had a chat with us during the week and explained some of her past experiences on a bike, and why she is now eager to master the skill of cycling.
BW: What has spurred you on to learn to cycle?RP: My boyfriend is a keen cyclist and wants to share his hobby. He finds it frustrating that I can’t manage more than a few meters on a bike. Warmer days are definitely an incentive too!
BW: Did you have a bike as a child?
RP: Yes, it was lovely! A blue one with stabilisers, the best bit was the Tom & Jerry bell it had.
BW: What is the most daunting bit about learning?
RP: Confidence! People, cars and dogs getting in the way. In fact, any form of movement seems daunting! Currently stopping and starting as well as going round corners are all things that I need to master.
BW: What will be the best part of being able to cycle?
RP: I really want to be able to go on day trips with my boyfriend and the ultimate dream is to commute to work…but that is a long way off.
BW: Any cycling stories?
RP: I went on holiday with a friend to Lucca, Italy. There was a picturesque wall around the town which tourists would cycle around sightseeing. My friend would cycle without hands taking photos, admiring the view whilst I spent the time pushing my bike or shrieking when I had to cycle it! My next day trip on a bike has to be better than that!
So this year we hope that as part of Bike Week 2012 Rachel (and many other people) will get back on the saddle; Best of luck to her and anyone else taking to their bikes for the first time!
We will be catching up with Rachel a little later to see if she has actually made it (and managed to remain) on the saddle.