Timeless Thoughts : Cycling

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This is an entry for the Timeless Thoughts monthly segment hosted by Georgie and Tara. i am joining it with this as my first post in the segment!

When I was a kid, about 7 or 8 yrs old, my parents decided to teach me how to ride a bicycle. Like properly riding a bicycle, without the trailers. I remember I was extremely reluctant to let go my trailers and I just couldn’t get the hang of it! My dad used to become extremely impatient with my unwillingness to learn and finally after many many days, it was my mom who finally managed to teach it to me!

After that, there was no stopping me. For about two years I had this small sort of kids cycle which I used to ride by increasing the height of the seat so that it suited my growing height. Cycling took the playtime fun to a new level. At that time I was living in Pune, and near our house there was small hill which we used to climb just for fun. After I learnt how to balance a bicycle, my friends and I used to cycle all the way to that hill and back. This made me independent because I didn’t have to ask my mom to take me to the hill!

I used to go on small small errands for my mom any time of the day, which was a need because my sister was a baby and my mom could use my help! Also, since my granny lived just across the main street it was easier for me to cycle there to meet her and play with my friends I had in her colony!

Just before my 6th grade school year began, my dad gifted me with my first big bicycle! All my friends had those BSA ladybirds which are supposed to be the girl bicycles. I didn’t like them because they are “too girly” for my liking and they were too light weight too. I wanted something sturdy. So I opted for BSA Hercules AXN (I am sorry, I don’t have a picture of it!). I loved it to the bits! It was the perfect bike for me. It was a girls bike but it was not light, it actually needed some time to get adjusted to its weight.

And the best part : My dad allowed me to go to school on my bicycle! This was the ultimate thing that could have happened! My school was a 10 minute ride from home, which doesn’t seem much but for an 11 yr-old person, it was a huge deal! To top it off, I used to take my bike to my Harmonium class, to the library (which helped the reader in me a LOT!) and to so many other places!

A weekend began at 6 for me, going out with my best friend to cycle around the colony! Well, this was the time before I got infatuated with computers, so outdoors was my life. I used to read a lot only when I was about to sleep or after dinner. The remaining part of the awake time went outside the house.

I really miss this a lot. I stopped cycling to this extent just one year after I bought my Hercules. The reason : we shifted to Mumbai. Even though shifting here has been a great change, I regret not able to cycle around. One main reason I stopped here was, just outside the complex I live in, there is a highway like road, and the speed of the vehicles there scared my parents and riding inside the complex felt too boring and dull to me. So eventually, sitting inside the house for long hours brought me closer to my PC and well, here I am! šŸ˜€

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  1. Neat post and memory! I never got into bicycling much, and when I did finally learn how to ride one, it was on my friend’s bike in 6th grade, and it took me forever to balance myself on just two wheels. I know if I were to try riding it now, I’d encounter the same struggle I had with the balance, so I just don’t ride them. I’d rather ride an adult tricycle, haha!

    Anyway, thanks for participating in Timeless Thoughts! Good to see a new participant šŸ™‚

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    • By the way, don’t forget to submit your post to the link-up widget on Georgie’s post!

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      • Thanks for the reminder!

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  2. I saw this post on the Timeles Thoughts linkup.
    I learned how to bike on my own. I barely recall how did I do it but one thing I know is that I got used to bike all of a sudden.
    Biking is my favorite past time too when I was a kid. I would bike around the subdivison until the dawn. How I wish I can take the bike with me to the school like you do when I was still in high school (my school is 15 minutes far from our house) but cant because the school wont allow it.
    Ahhh. reading this post makes me want to bike again. Im still biking at morning though but its not the same anymore when I was a kid when the road is seamless.

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  3. It was lovely to read your story. I remember my first bike too. šŸ™‚ xx

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  4. I loved reading this post! Thanks for sharing, Bhairavee šŸ™‚

    I didn’t learn to ride my bike without training wheels until I was 14. I would ride around a lot when I was younger and it was still okay to have them, but every time I would try to take them off I would fall and get hurt. So I eventually stopped trying. However my friend encouraged me to try again with her on a vacation and she eventually ended up teaching me how! I’m still not a huge bike person, but at least I do know how, now!

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    • I still prefer a Two wheeler over a four wheeler to drive!

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