Friday, November 20, 2009

The Ride: What I've Learned So Far

  • If you put your left foot on the left pedal first--just as one advances the left foot first in walking--you can get off to a pretty graceful start, especially after coming to a stop at an intersection. I never thought about this before when riding a bike so I thought I'd share.
  • The "graceful start" seems nearly impossible to achieve on an incline. Perhaps with more practice...
  • I think even drivers see how cool my bike is and that's why so many of them stopped short in order to stay out of my pictures. (One guy even got out of his big, green SUV to help me with my kickstand when I asked it for cooperation. I think he heard me).
  • I love this bike!
  • Betty does not love my shoes. My mom and I had admired her pedals as merely being "fancy," but after perusing the manual I found that they were designed to grip your shoes and help your feet stay in position on the pedals.
  • I'm getting better at composing pictures but the execution is still lacking.


  1. I think this is a beautiful shot! You might not be giving yourself enough credit!

    I also love the picture of Betty under the tree--classic.

  2. Yes, I'm sure the guy helped because he found your bike fetching ;)

  3. Brenda: Thanks! There are so many good cyclist-photographers out there, it's hard not to compare my photos unfavorably, but I am going to cut myself some slack. I'm getting better slowly.

    Dottie: Oh yeah, I hadn't even thought about it not being about my bike. I'm such a bad flirt, but that was a blessing in this case. If you'd seen the guy and all his gold teeth, you would agree.