After over a decade of not having touched a bike, I experienced getting back on and being thrown into the frightening yet invigorating experience of biking all over again.
Scary, yet exhilarating. Intimidating, yet thrilling. Nervous, yet exciting. These are all of the feelings I experienced the first time I got back on a bike after almost ten years. It turns out what they say is true… It’s just like riding a bike!
I felt like a child for the first time in a long time. I was terrified sitting on that bike, wishing there were training wheels behind me. I was running short on time for a meeting and couldn’t take the bus and since teleporting was not an option, I had to bike it.
The last time I rode a bike I was thirteen, and the only time I ever rode in the street was to cross it. I have had a few scares and falls in my day, and ultimately grew out of riding my bike. I was too concerned about what the wind would do to my hair, or how cold the wind-chill made the air feel, or how I might have looked and felt dilapidated once I got to my destination. So I opted to walk and use transit.