Since there are so many cycling enthusiasts here on blogging.la, I’m sure you will be shocked (SHOCKED!) to learn that there is at least one cycling newbie here – me. The last time I rode a bike was when I was 7, so I’ve got a good 25 years of non-experience to build upon. After deciding that I needed to freakin’ get a bike already and doing some research, I went to Budget Pro Bikes in Eagle Rock on Spencer’s recommendation and picked up an Electra Townie. It’s built in such a way that your feet can rest flat on the ground when you’re stopped, so it’s a good re-entry bike for people like me who are balance-challenged.
So, now I need to learn how to ride it. Do any of you cyclists have any tips for beginners? Are there any nice, level spots in L.A. where a beginner can go to learn the basics without getting run over and/or face planting on asphalt? Is there any foolproof way to keep from looking like a complete dork when you’re a grown woman trying to ride a bike for the first time in your adult life? All tips will be greatly appreciated.