I have been able to overcome my first of two fears, bicycle riding.(2nd fear is swimming) It required taking bike lessons with bikenewyork.org 2 weeks ago, but I did it. Last week I continued practicing with my new trek cruiser & I fell hurting my right shoulder, swollen & scraped knee. I also developed thigh bruising in 3 places on left thigh.
I have healed up except thigh bruising & scraped knee. I got back on the bike today & only had one slight mishap crashing into the fence along my neighborhood bike path. I wear a helmet always but utilized knee pads & elbow pads which are tight & uncomfortable with the elastic. Joggers, walkers & bike riders share the same narrow path & I have difficulty manuvering around people. Even though I'm up & out by 6:30 a.m. there are still people on the path. My fear of falling still presides in my head & I wonder if anyone has any advice on how to prevent hematoma (thigh bruising)? Is there any type of protective gear to wear. I tend to bruise very easy. I'm visiting my doc this week to have her check out bruises.