July 28, 2011

“…like riding a bike…”

Filed under: Cycletta — by carolspage @ 14:51
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There was one slight hitch to my plans to take part in Cycletta – I didn’t have a bike. This would make it difficult to do any kind of training.

So the fundraising team came up with a plan of action and Pete, our corporate fundraiser and a keen cyclist himself, started making phone calls.

In the meantime a bicycle had appeared in one of our hospice shops.  It had been owned by a woman who attended the Complementary Therapy Clinic at St Luke’s a few years ago. Her parents had decided to donate the bike to St Luke’s and it arrived in our Interiors shop the day after I registered for Cycletta.  It is a ladies mountain bike and it is pink!

I took it out for a spin a couple of days later.  I made sure that my husband had his camera ready so that I could post pictures to this blog (and maybe a little video) of my first foray on a bike in 40 years. After all, they say you never forget how to ride a bike…

You will notice that there are no such pictures, or any such video, in this blog entry.

That is because it is impossible to use a camera when both of your hands are occupied holding your wife up on a bike.

I was ready – I had my helmet on and I was straddling the bike, ready to push off.

And I couldn’t do it.

I could not sit on the bike and keep my feet on the ground. This meant that I had to stand on the pedals to get onto the seat. And when I stood on the pedals, the bike moved.

I was terrified. I just couldn’t do it.

I desperately wanted the ONE thing this lovely bike didn’t have – training wheels!

Eventually I managed to get on the bike with my husband holding it up for me, so I could be certain that I wouldn’t fall. (Yes, I am a scaredy cat.)

I spent the next 90 minutes pedalling very gingerly, with my husband running alongside holding me up. (Just picture someone teaching a young child how to ride….you’ll get the picture.)

By the end I actually managed to ride a bit without anyone holding on  – yea!

Of course, then there is the problem of getting off the bike.  Every time I put the brakes on I panicked thinking I was just going to fall over. My brain understood that all I had to was put a foot out and I wouldn’t fall, but my legs insisted on trying to get me completely off of the bike. Every single time one foot would get caught on the cross bar and then I really would fall.

My husband – lovely man that he is – caught me every single time.

I think this is going to take a little longer than expected…

Next….another bike appears…



  1. I had exactly the same experience and solved it by getting a trike instead.

    Comment by Clara Blunt — July 29, 2011 @ 12:25 |Reply

  2. That’s an idea. Three IS my favourite number! [grin]

    I have picked up a bike this afternoon and I can put my feet on the ground and sit on the seat, so I’m going to give this a good go and see how I do.

    Why did this all seem SO much easier when I was 7??

    Comment by carolspage — July 29, 2011 @ 16:38 |Reply

  3. have put link to here on my blog look forward to reading more!

    Comment by anneinmid — July 30, 2011 @ 13:55 |Reply

  4. I’m not sure if it was any easier when I was 7. Maybe I was just less afraid of falling off! lol

    Comment by Clara Blunt — July 30, 2011 @ 16:36 |Reply

  5. Clara – you speak words of wisdom. I think that’s it!

    Comment by carolspage — July 30, 2011 @ 18:49 |Reply

  6. Hello there! I’m doing the Cycletta north event too. I’ll be the one behind you going at almost-as-fast-as-a-snail’s pace. Not been on a bike in twenty years myself! Lovely to read about your efforts, keep it up! I’ll be reading more and keeping my fingers crossed for you.

    Comment by scannermum — July 30, 2011 @ 20:26 |Reply

    • Hello!

      Thank you so much for stopping by – [grin] at this rate, we’ll have a party going at the back end of the stream of cyclists!

      Yours in Perpetual Pedalling…


      Comment by carolspage — July 31, 2011 @ 11:17 |Reply

  7. I know it can be difficult to find specific people at big events, but if you see a tandem trike at Cycletta North, I’ll be on the back so feel free to say hi. Good luck.

    Comment by Clara Blunt — July 31, 2011 @ 14:45 |Reply

    • I will definitely keep my eyes open for you!

      Comment by carolspage — August 1, 2011 @ 14:26 |Reply

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