So this morning I took my Mum cycling in Centennial Park. I’ve been suggesting this to her for a while, but today we actually did it. We were going to go last week but the weather was a bit yuk.
She rode my flat bar commuter bike and I rode my road bike.
Mum said she hasn’t ridden in decades!
We had a few little incidents, mostly with stopping and she wasn’t used to the gears as she’s never ridden a bike with gears before. My brakes are also pretty strong.
In hindsight, I should have got her to practice starting and stopping first up.
But even with two falls (both when slowing down and trying to stop), she dusted herself off each time, smiled, got up and kept going! (my Mum is a legend).
I think she bruised her knee and scrapped her elbow, but nothing serious.
We did 3 laps and stopped for a coffee.
I’m super proud of her for doing this. As we all know cycling is not easy. And particularly as you get older you have a few more fears to fight.
She enjoyed it so much she tells me she’s going to come back again during the week for another ride.
This just proves that anyone can ride a bike – it doesn’t matter how old you are. It’s just a bit of practice and persisting with it. So get your Mum on a bike!!
(P.S. No I’m not adopted!! My Dad is from Sri Lanka, so I look more like him!).