New Cyclist - looking for tips
Please don't mock, but I never learned how to ride a bike until much after most people. My parents tried a few times but I kept falling off and hated it.
I went with inline skating for a while when I was 16-18, went to school in the frozen North (Rochester, NY) where the roads are too bad for skating. School was far away from everything, and I decided I'd finally break down and buy a bike.
Went to the LBS and bought a Fuji Palisade, a nice 18-spd hybrid grip-shift for too much. Rode it all over the place, including along the highway to the mall a couple times.
Moved back home for a little while after graduation, bought a lovely Giant Sedonia LX - disc brakes, 24 speed hybrid, love it. I rode around our hilly, dirt/gravel road filled town.
Just got a job a few months ago, moved to Manhattan, bought a Peugeot UO-8 (again for too much) at a flea market. I *HATE* riding in NYC traffic, but I still do. It's been a constant adventure with the bike breaking all the time, and sourcing parts (and *what* parts) has been a difficulty.
Anyway, I still feel less than confident on the bike, especially since I got my tire caught along an old sunken train rail and took a tumble last week.
I don't think my seat position is correct.
I find I have to put one leg over the bike, sit down, then start pedaling.
I still put too much weight on my hands.
I'm not comfortable dismounting.
I can't ride without hands, my balance isn't good enough (not that I want to, just demonstrating).
Extremely slow speeds still mess me up.
I still can't deal with traffic.
Can anyone give me some advice?