As odd as it may seem for me to state that I don't know how to ride a bicycle, it's pretty clear that there's an element of truth to the subject line of this thread. Far more important than a mileage goal is improving my balance and coordination on a bike. The two major problem areas are:
1 Mounting and push-off. I never learned to ride a bike before age 40, and so I mounted my first bike as I mounted a stationary exercise bike. And I've still continued to mount a bike that way. I swing a leg over the saddle, steady myself on tiptoe, press down with the left foot on the pedal in the 9:00 o'clock position, and swing my right leg up onto the right pedal as I move. While it helped me ride more than 3000 miles last year, it's hardly ideal. It's awkward, it's slow, I don't get any power push-off doing it this way, it stretches the right hamstring, and puts an awful lot of weight on the left side of my, ahem, butt. And mounting this way scares people. Neil F. became upset with me on Saturday, since he was afraid I was going to tip over on more than one occasion. The question is, can I learn the proper way to mount without tipping over and hurting myself?
2. removing a hand from the handlebars. I did pass a LAB course on "street skills", but it was a nightmare, and I barely made it through. Being able to take my hands from the handlebars would allow me to adjust my glasses, signal, swat bugs, eat, drink, or any of a hundred things "real" cyclists do.
So those are my goals. Now to get them done. :-)