Proof That You Can Forget How to Ride a Bike

Especially when it is a “Penny-Farthing” bicycle like the one we found at Ballyfin.  Although it wasn’t near as tall as the ones found in this picture … which is almost disappointing … 

I know I shared a picture of Keith’s attempts at riding said bike yesterday.  And I think that gives us sufficient proof that you can forget how to ride a bike.  

But I really thought that it might be important for you to all know how to ride a bicycle with a small back wheel.  You just never know when this type of information will come in handy.

So without any further ado, here are the step-by-step instructions.

First, approach the bicycle with cynicism.  After all, how hard can it be?

Then, jump on the bike and try to take off at full speed.

Then you realize that isn’t going to work and there is a very high probability that you will topple over.  Quickly try to put one foot down but realize that bike is to tall and needs to lean before you can touch the ground.

Next you walk next to it, trying to figure out if you are willing to potentially embarrass yourself by trying again.  Tell everyone watching that you are trying to connect with the bike to determine the best method for starting and the balance necessary to ride.   

Then you try to quickly jump on the bike and start forward momentum at the same time … although Keith’s advice is don’t jump too hard or you’ll have a higher pitched voice afterwards…

Quickly realize that you have mastered riding in a straight line, but then realize that the drive is ending and you are either going to have to topple into the grass or attempt a u-turn. 

Finally, gracefully (or not gracefully depending on the specific situation and your quickly developing skills) remove yourself from the bike.  Announce that it was easy and everyone should give it a shot.  Then sit back and watch the next person attempt the same maneuvers. 

I thought that was the end of this instructional post but when I was searching for pictures of penny-farthing bikes, I found this contraption.  I don’t know what it is.  Or how it can even be classified as a bike.  But I felt the need to share the picture with you anyway.

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