Bike

My Bike Ride…The Art of Braking

The Art of BikingIt’s been interesting to re-engage the art of the bike ride. The braking techniques have been a killer to put into rhythm. If I brake too quick and fast, I can tumble over the handle bar and if I break extreme, an irritating, loud noise sounds off.  If I hit the front brake instead of the rear, that causes issues as well.

For years, I’ve been biking in ignorance – the get on and go kind of method. “I know how to ride a bike.” I upgraded the bike, but did not upgrade in understanding. My front brakes stop me and my rear breaks slow the speed. Most of my stopping power is in the front. Without using good techniques, I could “fly over the handle.” I hate wearing my bike helmet, but if I had practiced some safety in my personal life, the fall would not have been so painful and hard. I’ve had some hard stops as well and some “bike fall-me fall.” My bike brakes have taught me a lot about my life. It’s all about losing the ignorance, learning technique and putting it into rhythm. Bike better, live better.

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Back on the Bike. . .I picked that up

“Back on the Bike” July 4th! It’s been 10 years since my last bike ride. I could hardly believe it. My beautiful bike sat still for 10 years. I was a bit hesitant to go for a ride, but why not? My hubby cleaned my bike and I got my gloves, glasses, helmet and water bottle up and we hit the trail! Wow! It was a seamless transition on the path. I was riding with a flow and feeling great, stress extracting from my being. I felt good and regained my confidence and love for biking once again. I didn’t restart, but I returned to that which was good for me! My bike seat was uncomfortable and I had to readjust several times. It was necessary because I had become so comfortable in one place.  I’m just grateful for the opportunity to “Pick that up.”

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