First Bike Ride

Well my brain cells are in overdrive trying to go so far back into the fog of history. My first cycle must have been to my local school and back just down the road about 50 years ago, way before the time of digital cameras or even polaroid cameras. I can remember my first crash however. It was near the bike racks at school and my lunatic friends and I would play ‘chicken’, a game where you tried to weave all over the place and cut off other cyclists, well I lost and ended up sprawled on the tarmac, tangled up in the bike with grazes and blood. Cool.

Here’s a photo of my son Joshua’s first long ride, about 5km in the Flinders Ranges South Australia when he was about 7 years old.



I live in the hills just east of the city of Perth, Western Australia and I've loved cycling all my life, From riding to primary school when I was 8 years old to cycle touring as a grumpy old man. Cycling is freedom on two wheels and I love getting on my bike at any opportunity.

5 response to "First Bike Ride"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: December 20, 2018

    Riding to school is the best! Especially if you have school buddies to join you in the antics! But not so great if YOU are the one who loses at the game of play ;’-). Good thing we all forget those falls!

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: December 22, 2018

      That cycling game was brutal and boys at that age never think of the danger, I’ve gone super careful these days

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 20, 2018

    Nice shot of Joshua on his first long ride. Wish now I had taken more photos back in the day.

    First major crash for me was on the original Western Flyer — a squirrel shot across the road in front of me, and I missed hitting the squirrel, I did not, however, miss the beagle chasing said squirrel. Over the bars and on to the street, while beagle resumed the pursuit.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: December 22, 2018

      I wish I had taken more photos too when I was young. It was far more expensive then with developing costs, How digital cameras and internet has changed everything. No squirrel problems here just big kangaroos.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: December 22, 2018

    Glad you survived the ‘chicken’ game. Alas, we couldn’t ride to school as it involved crossing and riding along a 4-lane divided highway. That’s a great shot of Joshi in the Flinders. How time flies.

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