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News from the world of biking: cars are scary
me @ panera
eh_notsomuch

I went for a spin around my neighborhood this morning. We live very close to the train station, so 7:30 in the morning near a commuting hub isn't a great place for a newbie to practice her riding! Although I did do a little better riding with cars on the road. 

Hubby thinks getting comfortable with cars should be lower on my priority list. I'm only averaging around 7 to 8 mph right now. He suggested I work up to a consistent 12 to 14 mph before I try riding in traffic. Luckily we live close to a big office park, so I will try riding the loop around there on the weekends, and maybe stick to the asphalt path across the street. 

I still can't believe I'm only going about 8 mph, or 11.47 at my fastest! It still feels like I'm going crazy fast. I guess because I'm still kinda wobbly. Another good reason to stay off the roads: I tried raising my hand off the handlebar this morning, as if to signal a turn, and I nearly fell over! So yeah, I should just stick to quiet paths for the moment.

Crossposted from http://ilostanotherme.posterous.com/news-from-the-world-of-biking-cars-are-scary

BIIIIIKES.

Stupid $4 gas. I need to start biking to work.

Perhaps sticking with trails would be good for now. You should be able to comfortably take a hand off the handlebars to signal a lane change. Heck be comfortable enough to take your hands off the handlebars completely and ride. When you feel more comfortable, check out http://www.bikeleague.org/
They have some very good classes on riding on the streets along with skills training.

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