After four months relearning how to ride a bicycle I can climb hills without having to walk the bike, check for traffic, click through the gears, and easily cover eight to fifteen miles. I am not quite at one with the machine but I have no issues with balance. I can even enjoy the scenery. This is all great. And much of it is due to getting a small review mirror that attaches to my glasses and lets me easily know where all the traffic is in real time. I had been relying on sound and as the terrain and trees change, sound gets very unreliable for assessing where cars really are.
The best part of my summer experience, I am much healthier: 20 pounds lighter, able to work through a day with energy to spare, and no grocery checker has asked if I need help getting my sacks to the car.
So in sum I am happy with biking. It has provided health, a richer vocabulary, and many reasons to search and purchase small treasures from Amazon.
John Alfred Riebli