I did very little cycling as a kid and now took it seriously at 27.
By "seriously", I mean I commute (~20km) to work every day on a touring bike, train in a club on a race road bike, and tour (~2-3 days, 60-140km per day) on a touring bike (the one I commute on).
I love it, every bit of it!
There's just one thing: I suck at handling my bike, I mean by that the little things:
- Starting with the left foot on the pedal (I always start with the right one... starting with the left migh get useful when I can step on a sidewalk to avoid getting out of the saddle at redlight)
- Look behind me: I can look behind my shoulder to check the lane, but completely behind me, to find out if the others are following feels extremely weird...
- Ride one-handed: I can release the right hand, leaving my left one on the bars (I suppose I feel better this side as I am left-handed)... so I can indicate when turning right, which is the least useful unless I move to UK... Also taking my bottle to drink feels unsafe... The other day I was joining my clubmates and met some of them on the way. It happened to be on a cobblestoned street and the guy stretched out his hand for a handshake and I just managed to fist-bump him and it already felt wildly unsafe
- Ride no-handed
- Start in a steep slope (either my gear is too tough and I feel I won't get enough speed to put the other foot on pedal a step on it or I feel the gear is too easy and I feel my starting foot will be down already before I picked up enough speed to get the other one on).
- Release one-hand to look better behind
I know some of these are not useful and even dangerous, but being able to perform them means having better control of one's bike and that is both useful and very safe...
I don't really know how to practice and what to do,... but being creeped out by things like that for a guy who rides over 1000km a month a kind of ridiculous...
Thank you all...