I got a new bike (just a Sun Streamway 7). I brought it home Saturday. Now I'm learning how to ride it.
I do have the pedals off (which was suggested by other posters on past threads involving adult learners) and the seat is as low as I can get it. This enables me to push it along (like a dandy horse) as I practice my balance.
My plan is to take it out every other day and so far I've taken it out twice so far
Right now I can only balance myself, on average, a pathetic 4 seconds. The longest was 8 seconds.
I find that I can only practice for about 30 - 45 minutes before the saddle starts to kill me and my toes start to ache. I'm about 5 ft 1 1/2 inches tall so even with the seat being all the way down, I'm still a bit tippy toe.
Nevertheles, I'm keeping this thought in mind "progress not perfection" and plan to keep at it.
Any suggestions, pointers or guidelines you can offer to help with this goal?
P.S. I assumed being out in an empty parking lot after business hours would not attract attention. I was wrong. Yesterday I had two cyclists come over to see if I needed help.
Unfortunately, one was nuts and the other was drunk. Neither one were hotties. My luck.
The nut kept yelling that I didn't have pedals and kept asking me where the pedals were. After explaining 2x why I didn't have pedals, I just gave up and started to push myself toward the light and civilization. Mercifully he rode away with a very perplexed look on his face.
The drunk cyclist, came 20 minutes later. He also kept asking me where my pedals were except he kept circling me like a shark while I stumbled around on my bike. He finally left me alone muttering something like "how can you 'spec to learn how to ride with no gaddamn pedals". Maybe he really wanted a date. I don't know.
My friend said I should start carrying pepper spray. I think I'll just go in the early a.m.
For some reason I'm going to assume that nuts and drunks sleep late.