More than a year ago, right on this very blog, I mentioned that I was looking at purchasing a bike. It took me a while (close to a year!) to finally purchase it. Not being sports-oriented at all, I chose a cruiser bike. We still need a few accessories such as handle brakes and a nice basket. We also need the required safety gear.
I took it for a spin to the local park one afternoon after work, and let me say this - I now understand why dogs stick their heads out of cars. He-he-he. I loved how I felt as I made my way around our park. I felt so free riding up and down the sidewalk.
The kids were waving and smiling as I passed them by.
The hunk was smiling proudly.
Free from the maddening crowd!
Free from deadlines!
Free, Free, Set me free! I love you Sting!
All is well in the world again!!!!!!!!
Except that, at some point, I was going to fast and took a a sharp turn. I realized too late that I did not have handle brakes, and was not used to the pedal brake (reverse pedaling to make the bike stop). My instinct was to stop my progress by putting both feet down on the ground to stop the bike.
As my bike veered beyond the sidewalk onto the asphalt roadway, I realized the following key points in life:
one: havianas (flip flops) and biking do not mix;
two: releasing the pedals in an attempt to stop a cruiser bike from careering out of control will only make it go faster;
three: planting your flip-flop clad feet firmly on an asphalt road does not necessarily mean your cruiser bike will come to a grinding halt;
four: you are bound to lose one or both flip-flops while attempting Item 3 above; this makes attempting Item 3 above... um, more "difficult" the second time around;
five: flip-flops and biking were really, really never meant to be tried together; certain laws of physics apply when attempting to stop a speeding bike using one flip-flop clad foot.
six: looking back to see where your flip-flop(s) landed while on a cruiser bike careening out of control is a bad idea;
seven: Item 6 above is also dangerous to the safety of others and parked vehicles;
eight: looking for your husband while on an out-of-control cruiser bike cannot really help you avoid that parked pick-up truck;
nine: because your husband heard you scream his name as your bike sped out of control does not guarantee that he understood the whole situation, i.e., he might be thinking you are showing off on your new bike;
ten: no pain, no gain; but, really, who needs pain?
eleven: in the end, sheer willpower (and the thought of crashing into a nice size pick-up truck) really does help stop a speeding bike;
twelve: a wise person learns vicariously through others.
Hope your adventures are better than mine.