Hiya, Joyce. It's been a long time since I was one of yuniz!
When I grew up in western PA, I never thought we Pennsylvanians had an accent...but now that I'm in SE MO...
I handed my first bike down to my brother too. It was a red schwinn with streamers in the handlebars and yes, it was a girls' model. He stripped it down and jumped it over ramps until he bounced it apart! Oh, those little brothers! And I can't get him near a bicycle today! He's still in PA.
I wish you good riding! Hope you find someone nearby to ride with!