I’ve written about this before, but if there’s one thing I haven’t mastered yet – it’s cycling.

And before you go about fixing an expression of disbelief on your face, let me tell you that it’s been a lack of opportunity that’s brought about this misfortune.

Firstly, in the hills where I was brought up people didn’t cycle (I think my good friend Aqua will second me on this one!). Because going up and down those slopes might do wonders to your fitness, but obviously the bicycle was not our idea of transport. We just… walked.

One year, a friendly neighbour Prabal decided to take it upon himself to teach me. He even got a disclaimer signed from my dad saying that if anything happened to his precious daughter, he wasn’t to blame. My dad sportingly signed it. Inspite of his best efforts (I did manage to climb on top of this gigantic cycle) but never managed to stay long enough to get it going.

I tried to pedal and stay in a straight line, and told myself I wouldn’t fall but obviously my body didn’t believe me. So Prabal did what any 18 year old sane and smart boy would do – he quit πŸ™‚

I was back to square one. We finally moved from the hills to the plains and I realised that cycles were a much favoured way of travelling and everyone did it rather effortlessly. I was a little too old now and embarassed to admit that I couldn’t manouvre one of those things to save my life. It was just easier using public transport! So that was that.

Many years later, I now find myself unable to use this particular mode of transport. Just when people are getting into serious cycling and doing cool things like going on bike rides and even long trips, I feel I can at least try once more!

I’m older now, but thankfully, I don’t get embarassed as easily anymore so I’m relaunching my efforts.

Mastering the file art of balancing on a bicycle!

In the good news, I’ve made slow progress – which means I can now get on one (which is short enough so my legs touch the ground!) and travel in a straight line. However, I can’t yet turn or slow down and gracefully get off the cycle. I come to a complete halt – screeching brakes and all and topple sideways (sometimes taking it with me) – which is obviously not a pretty sight.

But my efforts will continue. In the even more good news, I have been promised a bicycle on my birthday. At this grand old age. As you can imagine, I am thrilled to bits! πŸ™‚

Related links
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Bangalore Pedals
Bangalore Bikers

29 thoughts on “Cycle (mis)adventures

  1. way to go…i still dont know cycling! just like you, i tried after envying and ogling at people who can, but my efforts didnt last for long.

    good luck and am proud of you!


  2. Keep it up, you are fulfilling what everybody keeps on saying- “Age is all in the mind”. Soon we would see another article with your photo manouvering the cycle like a pro.
    Also, I read a couple of your diary pages at rediff, and they are excellent writing I must say.

  3. we are in the same boat…though I knew cycling, I’m kinda skeptical to ride on B’lore roads. You definitely are an inspiration! πŸ™‚

  4. Good one, Anita…This fits into the bill ‘where there is a will there is a way’ πŸ™‚ Also lady I sincerely feel that don’t try out B’lore roads, I mean the city roads during the rush hours (8am-9pm), for obvious reasons : rash traffic, pollution, etc etc…

    cycle, camera, bagpack, road side food, reminds me of my days in Finland and Norway. You are a real smartie, guess many people join the cycle crowd, solves many probs.

  5. @ Sukanya: really? i always feel good when i know that there are other people like me πŸ™‚

    @ unnikuttan: stolen? that’s sad!

    @ Sushanth Amin: yeah, most people do πŸ™‚ thanks!

    @ Prashanth M: really? that is a great idea and i’m hoping i can do that too someday!

    at office? you want me to make a fool of myself in front of so many people?!!

    @ Prem: thanks! and the suggestion is good – am going to put one up as soon as i can master the art!

    @ Anu: bangalore’s roads are definitely scary. i have no intention of doing anything on the roads. i’m going to take the cycle far away and indulge in cycling miles away from the city!

    @ neha: nice to know πŸ˜‰ haha, i don’t blame here!

    @ Tanay: thanks! i have no intention of going out in the bangalore traffic. going out in the car is bad enough! hope i can do some of it away from the city at least!

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  7. An environmentally friendly way to commute. I want to learn as well and yes I didn’t have the need to learn when I was in school and now I think I should. You are my inspiration. Let me start it this weekend.

  8. Just when I had decided that you had explored everything there is to do – just like you to hop on to a bike! way to go, girl.
    I can cycle beautifully but have problem getting on the cycle. I have to find a rock or some elevated platform so if I ever have to get off midway I had it.

  9. lol!! YOu made me remind of my good ‘ol cycling days. As a kid we grew up with jus one good friend.. my cycle.. πŸ™‚ And I could easily relate to the sideways toppling and screeching brakes πŸ™‚ Wonderful post πŸ™‚ Bravo!!

  10. There was a time when I used to think that if someone has learnt to cycle and hasn’t had a tooth or two knocked back in then they haven’t cycled enough to actually enjoy it πŸ™‚

  11. Hey Anita, had heard about ur blog when I was in Infy HR in Blore. Finally found it πŸ™‚ Glad to know you and I’ve blogrolled you too πŸ™‚

  12. anita:

    back on your blog after a long time (i believe v.b. reads you more than i do).

    in the bangalore of another era, my father learned to ride the bicycle after i was born (and later, in another town after my kid sister was born, a scooter too).

    – s.b.

  13. ha ha .. goodone. Cycling is fun. Even on hilly pathways πŸ™‚ .. We used to push our cycles to the top (as high as our strength allowed us to push), and then on for a free-wheely kind of maddening ride all the way down. Kind of like Calvin on his sledge! πŸ™‚

  14. @ Anwin: hey, sorry but was away that weekend. else, would have loved to come. hope it went well!

    @ Janya: yes, it is! and there are many people who prefer to cycle these days though the streets are pretty crazy i think.

    @ Usha: there’s always something to do, i’ve found πŸ™‚ you need a rock? you’re worse than me then!

    @ amit: hey, thanks!

    @ Rohit: thanks! my next update!

    @ Chitra: tenth standard is way better than the age i’m at now πŸ˜‰ but i will not give up!

    @ Anil: haha! i am hoping that it doesn’t come to that. i don’t want to lose the few teeth that i have left πŸ˜‰

    @ sathish: why not, i say?!

    @ Mridula: hey, thanks for dropping by and adding me!

    @ Prashanth(MSP): true, it’s never too late for everything – i try and tell myself that all the time!

    @ Saran: hey thanks! a year or so but i don’t update it anymore!

    @ some body: gosh yes. you’re back after ages! thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚ that was encouraging for me!

    @ angshu: cycling on hilly roads? hmm… will be a while before i can do that!! i’d prefer to go downhill!

  15. That’s simply amazing and impressive. I landed in your blog while looking for tips to learn cycling. Any suggestions?

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