Cycling in Sydney Australia
I've been chipping in 10-15 minutes worth of small practices here and there throughout my last week during my study. I manage to improve little by little everytime, and today is my first day attempting at riding to work, which is also in Annandale within walkable distance, so it's only a short ride, but provides a feasible practice.
I still stagger a lot and when I have to use more force on the pedals with up slopes, I still lose my balance easily. I do find it easier to balance and put my feet on the pedals when the wheels are already rolling, but I still steer accidentally. For that reason I didn't stay on the road for long before I ride on the pedestrian instead. It also turn out to take longer than walking (someone walking on the other side of the road eventually got ahead of me) with me half riding and half walking. I end up walking most of the up slopes and glide down the down slopes.
Many thanks to other cyclists here who gave me tips on my previous practice post. Looking up helps heaps on my balance. I also feel that I'm making more progress by scooting on the bike first to get used to the position.
I'm still quite happy with my progress of learning cycling by myself. Donna from Marrickville gave me a call regarding the cycling lessons, but I cannot commit myself to other schedules until another month when my uni semester is over.
Might have to consider a bicycle insurance soon too once I start parking my bike in UTS during class. Also many thanks to those who commented about bike security in my other post about bike locks!