Last week, on one of the NPR programs I listen to, they had a short bit on parents hiring professional instructors to teach their kids to ride.
The tone of the article was rather snippy; along the line of "rich yuppies paying good money for something everybody knows how to do."
But do they?
I work at a major university, which is also right on the edge of a popular recreational/commuter route. So, I see dozens of cyclists each day. And many of them do not have a clue.
They don't have a good position on the bike, they don't have the faintest notion of how to shift gears, (I see people walking 24-speed mountain bikes up hills) they seem to be terrified of the front brake....They don't even know how to properly fit a helmet.
I think many adults learned to ride little 20" bikes as kids, and then they decide they want a "real" bike as an adult. Off to the bike shop, a quick look-over of the many styles, a half-listen to the salesman, and out they go with their new, ill-adjusted and poorly suited toy....
Maybe I should go into the "profession"......