My Bicycles: Freedom and Fun

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I have loved bicycling since before I can remember.

To be honest, my first two bikes were tricycles. I don’t remember my first trike. But, I have a scar on my forehead from a head to handlebar moment.

I do remember the second tricycle. I had hours of fun on it, even long after I was too big for it. Not only was it my bike, but it was also my horse, and if I turned it upside down, it was my spinning wheel.

I did move up into several different two-wheeled bikes. When I was a teen, I bought one of those for myself. We were a one-car family, so in many ways that bike gave me some freedom. I would go for long bike rides around town. In fact, I have more fondness for my time on that bike than for my time in my first car. The bike was fun; the car was necessary.

Now, I have a different bike. It has a sort-of vintage style, but with lots of gears. It’s great for pleasure riding, and it’s a lot more fun than running or walking. I hope to spend many hours this summer on the bike trails!

I have a great-uncle in his 90s who still loves riding his bike. He rode a bike during WWII in Europe. And now, even though he doesn’t drive anymore, he rides his three-wheeled bike around his town.

What was your first bike? Do you still ride?

6 comments

  1. jheitman22

    You’re right, Debbie. Bikes give kids freedom! The kids in my small town all rode bikes all spring, summer, and fall. When I was 13, I had a bike accident when I hit loose gravel, and wiped out my face (which explains the way I look). I haven’t been as avid about biking since.

  2. Steve Arnold

    I had a trike at a very young age that had belonged to my brother. I also got his first bike as my own first bike – but when I was ten I got my first brand new bike, a bright red Schwin one speed that we still have. I graduated to ten speeds within a few years. We did a lot of family biking in my late teens and early 20s; my parents and I often did one or two days of RAGBRAI several times, and my parents even did the whole week the year they were 59. I used to do a lot of biking, not so much any more, and I would NEVER do a full RAGBRAI! I really should try to get back to doing more.

    • Deb Watley

      Steve, Your parents are amazing! I think RAGBRAI would be a lot of fun–for a day! I’ve thought it would be kind of fun to do the week, but I’d have to do some serious training!

  3. Patricia A Miller

    Did you ever put a card on the spokes to make a sound? I loved my bright yellow bike with a banana seat, white basket with colored plastic flowers, and streamers on the handlebars.

    • Deb Watley

      I had a yellow bike with a banana seat, too! I think I had a basket at some point, but I know I had a license plate that had my name on it. I don’t think I ever tried the card in the spokes. I don’t remember neighbor kids doing that, either. But I’ve seen it in movies or tv shows.

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