My sister (70 years old) is considering taking up biking after a layoff of almost 50 years. I'm encouraging her, and she's expressed interest without any prodding from me, but she has strong doubts that she'd be able to stay upright. I tell her that the old saying that "once you know how to ride, you never forget" is literally true. (That's how it was for me when I returned to riding a bike - but I was 55....). Like me, she will be a casual rider at best. We have a municipal paved bike path through town and many flat, level, safe side streets with virtually no traffic.
My question is - How do I get her started confidently? I thought that I'd take her to the bike path or my long driveway and let her ride my bike a very short distance just to prove that she WILL stay upright. (I have no doubt.) I know that it's second nature for those of us here in this forum to start from a standing start, but what should I specifically instruct her to do for her first "launch"? (Training wheels are out of the question. )Or... would it be best to just take her to our LBS and explain that she's considering getting back into biking (making her a potential customer) and letting them help her take her first spin around their parking lot on a bike that they recommend? (Would they even give instruction? I know that they allow test rides around their parking lot - they did for me 5 years ago - but would they want to get involved in actually giving some minimal instruction?)
Any thoughts on how to get her re-started in biking would be greatly appreciated.