OK, here's my story.
I used to ride a bike several years ago finding the flat streets mostly in San Francisco which is very hilly. It was stolen a long time ago.
Recently, I got it into my head to purchase another bike & I was very excited about it. My car had been in the shop too many times.
I researched, tried a few bikes out, etc. until I bought a Raleigh Venture (small) for a 5'0 woman. I loved it. At least I loved looking at it.
I admit that even when I rode my bike awhile back, I never felt 100% confident nevertheless I rode it. I lost my balance a few times and fell but nothing major.
So I bought this bike and was practicing on my street - a wide street/no traffic, and I was making a wide turn (plenty of room), when I don't know what really happened, but the bike tipped and I fell and it hurt, OUCH. But this was after falling 2X before when I suddenly ran into a hill and the momentum speeded me up so much that it scared me a bit and you know the feeling when you might brake too much you feel as if you're going to fly over the handlebars. I didn't, but I more or less lost control of the bike and wound up in a place that if there was traffic, I could have been in trouble. The fall when I was leisurely making a wide turn was the last straw.
I got very upset because I wondered why i could no long ride a bicycle. I became afraid of it and after 2 days I returned it - in tears. I thought, well maybe I'm just not cut out to be a bike person although i'm a good athlete in many other respects.
I thought I'd just rent bikes for awhile and practice on the rental bikes. Now this was embarassing. They take you out into the back yard with many other people where people are trying their bikes. So I straddled my bike and I didn't even start to MOVE when the bike tipped over along with me. Everyone was surprised and I said I was alright even tho I wasn't psychologically, scraped a few knees.
I really don't get it. I WANT to go back to bicyclying but I'm scared to death and feel like I've given up. I've lost all my confidence and I see all these people riding their bicycles so effortlessly as I once did and I get real envious. I don't even know why I fell so much.
Maybe I need beginner's lessons? Or maybe I should just give up. I'm very torn.