I'm not a cyclist. The last time I owned a new bike was when I was in 6th grade. I played on my bike all the time when I was little, but haven't ridden since about 7th grade! I rode a few times last year but definitely not on a regular basis. Recently, Julia suggested we bike across Canada and I thought it was a great idea! And just like that, I've started biking in preparation for our 2011 adventure.
The first time I went out biking a few weeks ago I realized how completely out of shape I am! Bikig uses muscles that I haven't used in a long time! With that said though, it isn't taking long to get back into shape now that I've started biking on a more regular basis.
I've compiled a "to do" list of things I need to do and/or learn in these beginning days of biking. Eventually I'll add another list of bigger things I need to do before Julia and I leave to bike across Canada. I'll update it as we go with the date I complete each item. This will look like a pretty basic list at this point because I'm literally starting from scratch.
-buy a bike lock (done!)
-buy a bell
-buy lights for the front & back of the bike
-buy & attach a water bottle holder to my bike
-bike without squeeling in fear haha (this took a few rides, but I'm fine now!) -bike in the rain (done!) -fill my tires -learn how to fix my chain when it falls off (Corrie showed me how today, but I haven't done it on my own yet)
-learn how to change my gears haha...lame, I know! -bike at night (done!) -buy a basket for the front of my bike -bike from my place to Waterloo (did this today, and I'm sure this will be done MANY more times this year!) -ride down a curb (done!)
-ride up a curb
That's all I can think of for now. Any other suggestions for someone just starting out?