Saturday, August 16, 2014

Learning to ride a…bike?

Question: What is the hardest part of learning to ride a bike
Answer:    The pavement.

Evie Bloomfield here, all the way from Chicago to the happy land of Mackinac Island. No cars, no motor anything. Fact is, if you want to get somewhere it’s by horse or foot or bike.
 
See that Chicago reference above? That means I have zip history with horses and with bikes. I got the foot part down but even an eight mile island is a lot to take in that way.

I could jump on a horse-taxi of course but that’s expensive so that brings us to the bike mode of transportation. And there’s another reason I should learn to ride a bike...I work at a bike shop. Rudy’s Rides.

So how do you learn to ride a bike? I asked Rudy the guy who owns the shop and this is his advice.

(warning: Rudy is a little crusty around the edges so if you are easily offended you might want to stop here.)


Rudy said learning to ride a bike is a lot like sex


It's best to wear protective gear when going into unfamiliar territory.
It's easier to learn with the help of someone who has a lot of experience.

It's usually hard to control your speed the first few times you try.
You don't need any special clothing, but you can get some if you are really into it.
If you're with someone who is having trouble keeping up, it's usually best to slow down and wait for them.
Most people think it looks easy until they try it for the first time.
Once you learn, you never forget how.
If you fall off get right back on.

Not sure if Rudy has all the answers but these seem pretty sound…maybe?
So the question is… Do you know how to? Ride a bike of course. :-)

Catch you later especially if I’m on my bike.
Hugs, Evie Bloomfield

I’ll give away two Dianne Castell romance books from the replies. Seems like the thing to do here
 
Geared for the Grave
book one Cycle Path mysteries
Dec 2
Berkley Prime Crime

 










40 comments:

  1. I haven't ridden a bike in a long, long time...and you would NEVER see me in a pair of biker shorts! :)


    patucker54 at aol dot com

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    1. No biker shorts for me either, Pat. But some of those hot guys buzzing around in them is pretty sweet! LOL Have a good weekend. Hugs

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  2. Looking forward to this new series. All kinds of opportunities for innuendo, mystery (physics of bicycling...science...lol..is a mystery!), and people finding more than the fudge shop on the island?
    This has got to be a hoot to write. Airieanne

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  3. Hi, Airieanne. Mackinac is terrific. Lots going on. Sure wish we were all there now. Great place for a summer hideout.
    Hugs

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  4. Sounds like this should be added to the reading list.
    CABWNANA1@bellsouth.net

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    1. Hi Charlotte. So glad you think so. A little Saturday humor. Hugs

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  5. The last time I rode a bike was back in the 70s, unless you count my exercise bike hiding in the basement which gets ridden for a few minutes once or twice a year...

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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    1. Hi Karen. I just got out my old bike and pumped up the tires. It’s still fun to buzz around. Hugs

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  6. Rudy sounds hysterical, lol, I haven't been on a bike in years and I'm skeptical about it all coming back to you...I know my memory...how many crashes until I remember, LOL.
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi, Debbie. So glad you had fun with this. Bike riding and things like it can be a little crazy at times. Hugs

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  7. I love bike riding! I ride several times a week. And bike shorts with padding is a necessity, but I wear them under another pair of shorts. Lol! Thanks for the chance to win a book.
    Dnrocker@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Dawn. I got one of those padded seats and it makes all the difference. No more ouch butt. Have a good Saturday. Hugs.

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  8. I haven't ridden a bike for years. Except for a stationary one.

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    1. Hi Sandy. The stationary ones are good too and you don’’t get rained on. Hugs.

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  9. I haven't ridden one in years. I hope I still remember how.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hi Rita. I really do think it’s one of those things that you don’t forget. When I got back on my bike after twenty years off I rode around in the parking lot for a bit then took off down the bike path. Good luck!

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    1. I love the adult trikes too. Look like so much fun.

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  11. I think Rudy's explination says it all very nicely!! Hope this series is as fun and exciting as your Savannah Consifnment ones are!!!!! Ronnalord(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Ronna. Rudy does have a way of putting things. Happy Saturday

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  12. I enjoyed your post and Rudy's comments. thanks for this lovely giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Have a good Saturday and thanks for chatting. Hugs, Duffy

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  13. I rode a bike everyday during the summer, spring and fall where I lived when I was young and loved it. Now I don't ride a bike but walk alot. Love to visit Mackinac. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. You would love Mackinac. Walker’s paradise with no cars and so quiet and lovely. Thanks for chatting.

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  14. i rode my bike to school every day and then to my job in high school. i now ride for fun. mardox@consolidated.net

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  15. Hi, Marcy. A fellow rider. I love my bike. I think I feel freer on it than when I diver my car. A sense of self-power? Have a good weekend. Hugs Duffy

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  16. Was stopped by police and told not to ride alone. Gave my bike away a few years ago. Bobbipad @ gmail.com

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    1. Oh my goodness. I’m so sorry Barbara. I ride on the bike path around here and it’s always pretty crowded. Better to be safe. Hugs, Duffy

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  17. When I was able, I loved riding my bike. We didn't 't have a car in my family till I was in college, as my Dad died when I was a baby and my Mom hated driving. I used to get around everywhere in my bike. Now I'm a big scooter fan!! Ronnalord(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. Hi Ronna. Great hearing from you. A scooter! Now that really sounds like fun.

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  18. I haven't ridden my bike in a couple of years. I've been thinking about hopping back on it, but I know I'll need to ride on flat, level ground at first lol.

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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  19. Loved the joke. Thereadmaster(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Hi Virginia. So glad you enjoyed it. A little Saturday humor. Hugs

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  20. I learned how to ride a bike when I was a kid. And by 4th grade was riding over half the town. That was back in the days when children could play outside and be gone from home all day and no one worried about them. A couple girlfriends and I would start riding our bikes early in the morning -- sometimes we'd end up at one of their houses, or at mine, I just remember having lots of summer time fun.
    However, it's been years since I've been on a bike. I think I could probably still balance and ride one, but don't think I'm going to try. After having both hips replaced, just don't think I want to take any chances.
    donna {dot} durnell {at}sbcglobal {dot} net

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    1. Oh Donna, I agree. Do not take any chances. Nice that you have terrific memories from riding bikes when you were a kids. I sure do too. Hugs

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  21. Hi, Everyone. Thank for playing along. Rita and Virginia are the winners. Come back next month for more fun and books. Hugs, Dufy

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  22. I've never ridden a two-wheel bike. The last bike I rode was a tricycle.

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  23. Hi, Dru. Tricycles are terrific. They even have them for adults and they are amazing. Have a good Sunday.
    Hugs, Duffy

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  24. I've never learned to ride a bike properly----and I'm afraid to ride them.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  25. Hi, Sue. If you wear enough protective gear you you’d be okay. Have a great Sunday. Hugs, Duffy

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