A few things no one may have told you

“The cyclist — Dublin, Ireland — Black and white street photography” by Giuseppe Milo (www.pixael.com) is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Learning to ride a bicycle is not exactly like learning to walk. People tell you to just try until you succeed, but falling from a bicycle is more like falling from a horse (or pony) than from your own two-foot height as a toddler. So, after some unsuccessful attempts, you concluded that cycling was not for you. Maybe your problem was just that no one taught you rule number one: before trying to drive a bicycle, you must let the bicycle drive you.

Rule 1. Let the bicycle drive

On a bicycle, turning the handlebars to the…

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