I want to ride a bike to work, but that is.. terrifying.
April 17, 2014 11:35 AM Subscribe
I rode a bike when I was a kid, but that was about 15-20 years ago now. In order to get to work I'd have to go down a mid-steep hill, covered in gravel and/or mulch. I'm finding it really scary, is it possible to feel confident on a bike, starting essentially from scratch? what kind of bike? help!
I am NOT athletic. I recently fell down walking across a flat road and skinned my knee. This is the level of awkward baby deer we're working with.
I live in alberta, and it's spring, my walk to work is 45+ minutes, which is okay, but a little long some days, and would only be a 15ish minute bike ride down some (Scary) trails and a river pathway. no road riding on roads that aren't super quiet. (or I can just dismount and use the crosswalk across.)
However, I'm REALLY scared of going down this bluff. there's city-cut trails, I've seen people on bikes when I'm walking them, but I'm worried about brakes on gravel/mulch/dirt, I'm worried about breaking my arm (I need my arm to work, so can't break it.) and I'm not too hot on high speeds.
Is this going to be as bad as I think? I can probably like.. practice riding a bike before I do it, but my experience with rollerblading informs me that even after a fair amount of practice, going down hills is really hard and scary.
I can't just avoid the trails because my other options are two main calgary roads (bridges in fact) that are busy and steeper. I don't think I'm ever going to be up to road riding.
my question is.. how does one build confidence on a bike? what kind of bike equipment should I get, I currently obviously have no bike, if I was going to buy a bike, what kind of bike would be best? do I need a full-on mountain bike for 5 minutes of trails?
any advice would be appreciated!