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Susan posing with an Adelaide Free Bike at Bicycle SA.

Susan hasn’t been on a bike for many, many years. That’s all about to change. 

My mother learnt to ride when she was so small she couldn’t actually sit on the bike seat.  I’m told she rode any bike hanging onto the handlebars above and ride suspended over the pedals.  She is the one responsible for sticking pegs in the spokes of my tricycle.

I loved my tricycle. I didn’t look for paths or pavement; I rode it over lawn, through parts of garden bed and gravel.

My first ‘two-wheeler’ bicycle was a Christmas present, which I got when I was 10 years old.  It was a 26 inch bike and there were no trainer wheels.  Somehow this worked because I could ride instinctively.

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Susan’s tricycle & bicycle back in the day.

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve been back on the bike.

Today I find myself sitting and contemplating how I will prepare for November’s Gear Up Girl  SA ride with Bike SA.  I haven’t ridden a bike on the road really, except once for a triathlon, since I’ve been fully grown.  Why? Well I was involved in an accident with a car.  I was run over.  And without going into details – it took away all my cycling confidence. 

Obviously, I haven’t given the idea or riding on the road away entirely. I’ve taken the odd spin class and peddled stationary bikes from time-to-time.

So now I’m going to make a change. I’m going to get back on the bike and I’m going to start cycling. I’ve just started using the Adelaide Free Bike Service – and with the warmer weather – spending more time on the bike is going to be part of my weekly routine.

Gear Up Girl SA is a little less than two months away and offers a moderate 40 km challenge, so I should be able to ‘gear up’ for the ride.

If you’ve got any tips for me, any words of encouragement – please do let me know in the comments below. I’m going to need all the help I can get.

Keep an eye out for next week’s blog post as Susan documents getting back on the bike. You can Join Susan on Gear Up Girl SA on Sunday 22 November and ride Adelaide in a safe and supportive environment.