Fun fact: I never learned how to ride a bike.

I did the whole training wheels thing when I was little, and then right around the time when I should've been transitioning out of them we moved to "the Big City". My parents were too terrified I would be kidnapped or hit by a car, so my siblings weren't allowed to take me bike riding with them anymore. They were not the kind of parents who had the time/energy at that point to teach me themselves (exhibit A for why being the youngest child sucks soemtimes), so I just never learned. To be honest, I don't think I was super interested in riding a bike when I was a kid because I don't remember being disappointed about not learning. Maybe I just blocked it out? I mostly preferred to stay home and read or sing Mariah Carey songs in my bedroom and then reward myself with a huge bowl of rainbow ice cream.

Now that I'm an "adult", I really want to learn. I've always really hated most outdoor activities, like hiking and just going for a walk with no specific destination or purpose, but I think riding a bike is going to be my thing. I have horrible feet (crooked arches, weirdly spaced toes etc.) so walking places just hurts really bad no matter the shoe or in sole (I'm also a huge baby), but riding a bike seems like it'll be relatively easy on my feetsies.

So last night M.Bananas and I went to his moms for dinner a bit early so he could use her garage to do something to his car. It was a beautiful day and I casually mentioned that it seemed like a perfect day to learn to ride a bike. His sister volunteered to teach me, so they brought the bikes down and got me all suited up to go.

I got on the bike, and quickly realized that I had no idea what was happening. Bikes have brakes and gears? Since when? Why am I such a bike plebe? I didn't know how to get onto the bike, let alone think about brakes and gears. I'm also really scared to fall, so it was basically a disaster. I'd get some momentum to start pedaling, but then I'd freak out and put my feet down because the bike was going too fast and I kept forgetting that there's brakes. We did this for 2 hours. I would almost get going, but then I couldn't find the pedal fast enough and there were small children riding their fancy show off two wheeler bikes in the cul-de-sac and side eyeing me.

I know that I shouldn't expect to learn to ride a bike in one evening, but it was a rather disheartening experience. M.Banana's mom said she's going to buy me some training wheels and I'm okay with that. I honestly don't think it's possible for me to look any more stupid than I did yesterday. Well, maybe it is, but at least I'd be riding the bike instead of awkwardly running astride it.

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Any adult bike learners with tips? Or parents with kids who are just learning? I feel like a big loser right now :(