That’s right people hold onto your helmets because this bird can now set off, stop and change gear like a proper ridey rider bikey bike person!
Hallelujah indeed. Honestly, I know how basic that sounds but I really did find it tricky for a good few weeks. I knew exactly what I needed to do, but tryin’ to get my limbs to listen to my brain was a feat and a half. Other than confidence my biggest problem was the clutch. That God damn clutch! I cannot even tell you how many times I’ve stalled that bike. A comedy amount of times. The phrase ‘dumping the clutch’ should be changed to ‘doing a Birchfield’. I’m not even joking. It really was frustrating. One day I’d be fine and the next I’d be all over the place with my gear changes. They were NOT smooth to say the least. I just couldn’t seem to get the timing right. It’s fair to say there’s definitely been a
lot bit of whinging and tanting on my part.
As you know I’m not actually having lessons at the moment, I’m riding along with Dan, my other half. During all of this he’s been fab and I can’t recommend enough having someone to ride with whilst you’re learning. For me, it’s not just about having a mentor, it’s more about knowing that he’s got my back. I’m not gonna lie, there’s been one or two hairy moments but it worked out fine, mainly because he seems to have eyes in the back of his head and can read situations before they even happen. Maybe i’ll be able to do that one day? It’s okay, you can lower your eyebrows now. Truthfully though, I’d have probably given up by now had it not been for him. It’s lovely to have someone mentoring you and it’s bloody awesome having someone patting you on the back and saying well done you.
So in addition to now being AWESOME (humour me people), you’ll also be pleased to know that there’s other stuff I’ve mastered. My biking CV is shaping up quite nicely. Check this out:
- I can move the bike around whilst not on it. The overwhelming mild peril whilst trying not to drop it on the floor. Killer.
- I can undo my lock. It’s really only a simple case of lining up all the pins before sticking the key in. Honestly, I’ve lost minutes. MANY MINUTES of my life trying to undo my lock. I think I must suffer from Dyslocklia.
- I’ll remember to lift the side stand BEFORE trying to set off. Because the bike will cut out and you will get bored of that. That one took a while.
- I’ll remember to take the keys with me when I leave the bike. Important one this one. Happened more than once. I know, right.
- I can ride without knocking the bike into neutral. Nope who am I kidding, this is still work in progress.
- I can actually find neutral when looking for it intentionally. In under an hour.
- I can turn my indicator on without sounding my horn. Left. BEEP. Damn it. Right. BEEP. I give up.
- I can remember to turn my indicator off. Well, almost all of the time. I like to keep people guessing.
So as you can see from that extensive list, it’s all been worth it! It’s taken a bit of time and a lot of hard work and perseverance and we’ve spent a few hours on a few car parks with very kind security guards who have turned a blind eye to us.
Good that innit. 🙂
So, thanks to Dan, thanks to the security guard and thanks to everybody else who has told me to stick with it and have faith in ‘muscle memory’. And thanks to you for reading so far. Ta.
Next on the list – solo riding. LOL.