Hi everybody. I'm new to the forum and haven't rode a bicycle in more than 20 years but recently got a $100 beach cruiser from Walmart which I actually like very much. It's a single speed and all steel. The problem is I despise intersections because I have to stop and when I try to accelerate again...well..I can't do so very easily. I get so embarrassed when the cars wave me on to let me cross and I try to wave them on to go before me because I don't know how to let them know it's going to take me 10 minutes to cross the street!
Are there any techniques that I can use to help remedy this problem? Once I get going I'm fine, and if the timing works out I just ride ride across the intersection with no problem, but I really do dread intersections in general and I've taken to simply walking my bike across them. However, I find this cumbersome and was hoping that you experienced riders can steer this gal in the right direction.
Or maybe I just need to work my legs more until they are fit enough to pump faster from a complete stop.