I hadn’t been on a bike in 10-15 years and I had never tried riding in traffic. When I read about Texas Bike Tours, I had the idea that maybe a bike tour would be a fun way to break the ice. I wrote to Deaton and explained that I was very rusty and nervous to get out on the road. We agreed to do a “Get Used to Riding a Bike” tour the same weekend. It was so much fun! Deaton had a few bikes available for me to try, and I found one that was a great fit. She had a helmet and water bottle ready for me to use. Since I needed a refresher, I started out riding loops on a quiet street while Deaton reminded me how to switch gears. Once I was able to get around without too much wobbling, we went on a ride with Deaton leading the way. It was fun! Deaton used clear hand signals so I could tell what was coming next, and stopped at intervals to explain when we were approaching a tricky traffic situation.
One of my goals was to ride to the Hike and Bike trail, so we rode through downtown to the Town Lake Trail and Zilker Park. It was a beautiful day and a great adventure. Getting out on the bike felt so good, I ended up buying a bike the next day and now I’m riding it to work! Now I feel like I have cycling adventures in my future. Thanks to Deaton for making my first ride in traffic a fun experience.