August 4, 2011

So THAT’S how it’s done!

Filed under: Cycletta — by carolspage @ 19:43
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Thank you all for your fine weather wishes – the rain stopped long enough for me to get in some riding this evening.

We spent 45 minutes riding around a section of the 3 mile  cycle path. I’ve learned to start pedalling (without falling over), go around corners (without falling over) and stop (all together now….without falling over). I can’t tell you what it does for my confidence to not have to be picked up off the ground twice for each meter I pedal!

We even went down a hill….a BIG hill….and it was curvy….very curvy…..and I went really fast, so fast I nearly took off!

Well, that’s how fast it felt, anyway.  The reality is that in a race between me and a snail I’d probably have come a close second.

Then we had to go back UP the hill….the BIG hill.

I started, I pedalled…well, I tried to pedal. I stopped.

A word of advice to the beginners reading this – never stop on a hill!

Because that means you need to start on a hill.

And this is not good.

I tried many times to get going and failed.

It was at this point, while I was standing with my bike on the hill, trying to catch my breath that a young girl of about 4 years old came round the corner, along with mum and dad and Jack Russell terrier.

When the little girl saw me, she stopped dead and put both  hands over her mouth, as if she was trying not laugh.

She finally took her hands away from her mouth, looked at me with a big grin lighting up her face, and gave me her sagest piece of advice.

“You have to pedal!” she said.

Yes, I do, Petunia. Yes, I do.



  1. Hahahaha. This was was great to read. Sweet, humble, funny, honest, real… Just delightful. Keep at it! I need to start posting about my cycling experiences. I get the funniest, cutest, and nicest comments from people along the way. Partly because I’m the only person on this island that cycles to and from work daily. And I avoid hills. One of the days, I’ll take one on. 🙂

    Comment by lovelylici1986 — August 4, 2011 @ 20:08 |Reply

    • Hello lovelylici!

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I don’t dare cycle to and from my work – way too many cars and distracted drivers!

      This was my first attempt to cycle up a hill. Now I understand why my trainer keeps telling me ‘squats are your friend’! [grin] I’m hoping there won’t be any hills on the route I’m cycling in October.

      I look forward to reading your blog!


      Comment by carolspage — August 4, 2011 @ 21:41 |Reply

  2. Well Carol, you and Riley are learning together. Today Chris took the training wheels off for Riley. She also has to work on starting, stopping and turning. The middle part she’s got down, the balancing and going straight. How sweet that you are going through this coming of age event together! In the spirit of Dory from Finding Nemo, just keep pedalling, just keep pedalling…

    Comment by Trish — August 5, 2011 @ 01:59 |Reply

    • LOl! Oh Trish, you have to send me a picture of Riley on her bike! I’ll get a double frame and put her on her bike and me on mine. Can you send me some video of her, please? I’d love to see it!

      Please give Aidan and Riley BIG hugs and lots of kisses for me. It seems like AGES since I saw them – can’t believe it’s only been four months…

      Comment by carolspage — August 5, 2011 @ 09:22 |Reply

  3. Oh yes I know that ‘Hill start ‘ problem only too well!! you are doing brilliantly – love the bike and look forward to seeing you at Cycletts

    Comment by anneinmid — August 24, 2011 @ 12:52 |Reply

    • Julie – what I didn’t put in was the I only actually got going on the hill because my lovely trainer PUSHED me until I got up enough speed to stay upright….I see many more attempts of that hill in my future….

      Thanks for the encouragement – I’ll take all I can get!

      Comment by carolspage — August 24, 2011 @ 13:49 |Reply

  4. Ha! I had same problem again yesterday, had to get off and walk, forgot to hold on to brake so had bike skipping as well! I am trying all technicques, scooting, standing and praying! Will master it at some point or else will be doomed to cycle canalpaths forever!

    Comment by anneinmid — August 26, 2011 @ 21:04 |Reply

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