Learning to ride a bike

Learning to ride a bike

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Can you remember learning how to ride a bike? I can. I was about 8 or 9 years old. Some older boys living a couple of houses up had bicycles and they offered to teach me to ride.

It took an entire afternoon and some abrasions to the palms of my hands and to my knees. It wasn’t entirely successful, I needed a few goes.

I got a bike for my birthday

It wasn’t long after I learnt to ride that I was begging Mum and Dad for a bicycle. It took a couple of years but when I was 12 I got a bike for my birthday. It was a fluorescent lime green dragster. That was the style in the day. It had high rise Angel bars, a black banana seat, and a three-speed gear system along with calliper brakes on both the wheels.

BMX modifications

It wasn’t long before I started modifying it. In 1977, bicycle motocross (BMX) was making its way into Australia. I started with changing the forks, handlebars and seat to something not so 1970s and more practical. The next change were those yellow nylon tuff wheels. I started with the rear wheel which meant removing the gear system and installing a coaster braking mechanism. Soon I had a new front wheel too. The big change occurred when I saved enough money for a chromium molybdenum Mongoose™ frame. It was a dark metallic blue colour.

It’s a pity I don’t have any photographs from that era. You’d see me with shoulder length hair, really dark skin and a bicycle transformation that confused, annoyed and at times angered my mother and father. They had bought me a bike. It was a perfectly good bike. The purchase and receipt of that bike meant I was formally allowed to ride on the streets, spend a day in the bush with my mates, and play in traffic. Having something of my own, gave me a sense that I could really make it my own by modifying it and doing things to it.

It marked the beginning of how I would look at other possessions. My second car was a good example.

Learn to ride centre

Why am I writing all this crap? The ACT Government, our national capital’s local council if you will, has recently installed a Learn to Ride Centre near an ‘adventure playground’ on Lake Ginninderra in the town centre of Belconnen on the north side of Canberra. It’s taken months to build. For the life of me, I can’t understand why construction projects big or small in Canberra take so long. In any other state or territory capital, you don’t see things like this taking so long. In other countries, it wouldn’t be tolerated. Who knows? Perhaps it’s the curmudgeon in me coming out.

I hope this Learn to Ride Centre gets well used, this morning I only saw a couple walking their dog through it. At one stage the dog emptied its bladder on a pathway. No kids on bicycles though. 

 

 

Lake Ginninderra Learn to Ride Centre in Belconnen Canberra with the Prisma app Gary Lum Learning to ride a bike
Lake Ginninderra Learn to Ride Centre in Belconnen Canberra with the Prisma app

In other news

Cows

The cows in the top paddock on Lake Ginninderra amuse me. I like visiting them and saying hello.

A close up of a Lake Ginninderra cow Gary Lum
A close up of a Lake Ginninderra cow
A close up of a Lake Ginninderra cow Gary Lum
A close up of a Lake Ginninderra cow
A selfie with a Lake Ginninderra cow Gary Lum
A selfie with a Lake Ginninderra cow

WTForecast App

Have you tried this app? I’m not sure if it’s available on Android but I am using it on iOS. You can adjust the level of profanity, and it has voice capability too. The so-called Australian voice is a little lame though.

Have you tried the WTForcast weather app? I find it very funny. Gary Lum
Have you tried the WTForcast weather app? I find it very funny.

More photographs

Autumn trees in winter

Lake Ginninderra autumn trees in winter Gary Lum
Lake Ginninderra autumn trees in winter

Bollards in Lake Ginninderra

Lake Ginninderra bollards Gary Lum
Lake Ginninderra bollards with the Canva app

 

If you like the Canva App, head over to the Canva Website and check it out. I really like using it.Streaming light over Lake Ginninderra

A bright morning on Lake Ginninderra Gary Lum
A bright morning on Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra Gary Lum
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra Learn to Ride Centre in Belconnen Canberra Gary Lum Learning to ride a bike
Lake Ginninderra Learn to Ride Centre in Belconnen Canberra

Medical Fun Facts

Monday night I’m doing a show on how we squeezed vaginal juice from tampons back in Darwin.

The show drops at 7 pm Canberra time on Monday 2017-06-19! Go to https://drgarylum.com/search and search for episode 71 after Monday night. It would be great if you subscribed to the show.

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Medical Fun Facts Episode 71 It wiggles and jiggles and tickles inside you I also mention how we use tampons for vaginal juice Gary Lum
Medical Fun Facts Episode 71
It wiggles and jiggles and tickles inside you
I also mention how we use tampons for vaginal juice

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Last night I made chilli chicken wings with ginger, honey and soy.

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Chilli ginger honey soy chicken wings served with sour cream Gary Lum Yummy Lummy
Chilli ginger honey soy chicken wings served with sour cream
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18 thoughts on “Learning to ride a bike

  1. theeditorsjournal Reply

    “Why am I writing all this crap?” Hey that’s what I ask myself regularly! Love the cows. I am naming her (or him) Esmerelda.
    I also thought you were learning to ride as an adult. Vaginal juice? Not something I say a lot I’m going to have to admit. I remember learning to ride. Lots of falling off, cuts, thinking off giving up but trying again. The first 100 meters without falling off was great. Ah…memories!

    • garydlum Post author

      Esmerelda is a great name for a cow.
      Good memories, because for most people, you never have to learn again 🤣

  2. SueT唐 梦 琇 Reply

    I saw the bike park the other day Gary when walking around the lake. I hadn’t been around the lake for many months so it was a surprise for me but did think it was pretty fabulous.

    • garydlum Post author

      It looks all shiny and new

    • garydlum Post author

      That would be hilarious. Given how acutely uncoordinated I am it would be a post full of blood and scars.

    • garydlum Post author

      The photographs would be cool, especially a daily review of the bruises 😂

    • garydlum Post author

      They’d be great fun to talk about and show on YouTube with a daily rundown of the change in bruise colour 😃

    • garydlum Post author

      Yep, I could do that 😱

  3. Kris Reply

    Loved your cow selfie!!! Your bike stories were great-I actually don’t remember learning to ride my nana seat bike. I had one and rode it everywhere when I was about in 4th grade. I remember my sister learning, THAT was hilarious! She used to stop in a bushy tree near the trailer (not the same one I ran into when learning to drive). It seems odd it is cold in your sector. It is chilly here in AK, too, but mostly cuz summer is on hold for some odd reason. Doesn’t keep the tourists away!

    • garydlum Post author

      Thanks Kris, those cows are quite friendly and inquisitive.
      While not anywhere near as cold as Alaska, Canberra gets very fresh in winter. It goes against everything I believe it, but I have a great job and whenever my skin complains I remind myself that I have a very good job and work with marvellous people.

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