In need of remedial bike lessons

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June 26th 2009
Published: June 26th 2009
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Here in Yangshuo, one of the tourist highlights is renting a bicycle and checking out the countryside and karst limestone formations in a leisurely fashion.

My first and last real attempt at riding a bike: 6 years ago at a festival in the Nevada dessert. It was either learn how to cycle or walk in the sweltering heat across the miles of playa.

Flash forward: 1 month ago in Copenhagen. It was a bit of a stressful situation trying to re-learn how to ride a bike at 10pm on the way to a bar in Central Copenhagen (note: no alcohol involved at that point). The bicycle commuter culture is huge in this city and you either cycle with the flow of bicycle traffic or get out of the way.

Yesterday: The Yangshuo countryside was an an ideal training ground to re-learn my bicycle riding skills as the back roads were calm and recently paved. The tricky part came when we turned onto rocky dirt farming roads and I almost ran into the rice terrace/tree/parked car that I clearly saw coming a few hundred metres back. Wisely, the cars/scooters I had backed up gave me wide clearance when my bike decided to go anywhere but in a straight line ahead.

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24th July 2009

I haven't been on a bike in about 19yrs! So, I would never even attempt it now.

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