So many things are compared with riding a bike to illustrate that once you've learned that skill, you retain it and can recall it years later. Perhaps.
Here's the context for my question: I was a pretty serious and frequent cyclist from about 2005 to about 2010. I started out with a mountain bike and ended up with a beautiful road machine. I went from tennis shoes to bike shoes, from platform pedals to clipless, from jeans and a tee-shirt to jerseys and bibs.
Then I dropped out. Oh, I rode now and then, but it wasn't frequent, and I wasn't getting much out of it.
Now I'm getting ready to take it up again starting this fall when I get to my new home town of Reno, Nevada. I'm wondering if anyone can talk about the process they might have gone through to rebuild their skills (not their fitness, their skills) after having stopped cycling for a few years. I know I have to build stamina and muscle and lung power and all that. I'm wondering how much will I have to almost start all over in terms of skills - when to shift, being aware of traffic, using the mirror without turning my head, getting in and out of clipless pedals, that sort of thing.
Does it all just come back quickly, or is there a new learning curve? And if there is, how long does it last? When will I feel as competent as I once felt, back in 2010?