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Old 09-17-06, 05:05 PM   #1
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Teaching an old dog new tricks

After 50 years of bike riding, I took a class today on how to ride a bicycle!

And it was great! I just can't believe how much I learned, and how much it increased my confidence levels. I had no idea how much there was to learn, how much I hadn't learned simply by experience.

We learned techniques for cornering, braking, riding a steady line, riding safely in tight groups, and more.

Maybe you guys know all this stuff, but my recommendation: if you ever have a chance to take a class like this, swallow your pride and go for it.
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Old 09-18-06, 12:07 AM   #2
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Can you do a PM (personal message) to I-Like-To-Bike and tell him this? He doesn't believe that bike classes are of any use whatsoever, and rails against people who promote them.
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After 50 years of bike riding, I took a class today on how to ride a bicycle!

And it was great! I just can't believe how much I learned, and how much it increased my confidence levels. I had no idea how much there was to learn, how much I hadn't learned simply by experience.

We learned techniques for cornering, braking, riding a steady line, riding safely in tight groups, and more.

Maybe you guys know all this stuff, but my recommendation: if you ever have a chance to take a class like this, swallow your pride and go for it.
Who taught the class? Sounds interesting.
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Old 09-18-06, 07:14 AM   #4
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The day I stop learning new things is the day they close the casket cover.....
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Maybe you guys know all this stuff, but my recommendation: if you ever have a chance to take a class like this, swallow your pride and go for it.
My wife and I took the LAB Road 1 class in June and found both the classroom and riding sessions extremely useful. They were tremdous confidence builders.
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Who taught the class? Sounds interesting.
Class was local (San Francisco Bay Area) taught by an ex-racer / cycling coach in conjunction with one of the local bike clubs.

I suspect other large metroplitan areas with active cycling communities might be sponsoring similar classes.
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