Expanding my horizons

The other contributors to Guddle are enthusiastic cyclists where I haven’t ridden a bike for over thirty years. I also don’t drive so to get anywhere its public transport or walking and while I enjoy walking its rather slow and limited. To let me go further I decided to buy a bike and learn to ride again and this is the first of posts detailing what happens.

I walked to the cycle shop and back (about five miles) and bought a bike. I was lucky enough to get one that has mudguards which saves money since most bikes don’t seem to have them these days. Even though the bike was in the shop I couldn’t take it away but have to wait a few days to go and collect it.

That turned out to be a good thing because on reading about it I saw it is a 21 speed bike so has lots of gears. Panic time! I have never ridden a bike with more than three gears and have no idea what do with the extra 18 or how to find them.

I quick internet search later and I found a couple of very good articles amongst the load of useless ones (Tip for budding how to writers, Stick to the very basics and don’t include long complex tables) and now know where the gear change bits are and roughly how to use them.

The next post will be in a few days letting you know what the ride home is like. Will it be a disaster in waiting or a triumph?

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