Last week I answered a bunch of questions for The Women’s Ride about how I fell so deeply in love with bikes, you can read the story here. It was the first time I had ever written most of this history down and it got me wondering about the untold stories of other riders. By sharing our personal history with bikes we can help others understand why it is we do what we do, and whether or not they would be interested in doing that thing too.
Bicycles have spawned many different sub-cultures that can be daunting to somebody who is looking to arm themselves with a new set of wheels. Should you get a road bike and go fast? A pared back single speed fixie and look hip? A basket-clad step through and be comfortable? A mountain bike to absorb the bumps in the road? Then, once you have decided which style of bike is right for you it is hard to work out how much money you should be spending. I remember being bewildered that you can get an entire bicycle for far less than the cost of some handlebars. There is no doubt that getting yourself onto two wheels can be a confusing business.
I hope that by sharing the story of how I navigated being new to bikes I can ease the confusion of others, helping them to discover what it is they love about bicycles and riding them. The more stories we tell, the more likely it is that someone will find a story that speaks to them.
So, what’s your story? Don’t be shy, leave a comment below telling us how you started riding. Has it has changed your life?