It’s just like riding a bike

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Rewind.

A few weeks before this photo was taken, my internal dialogue went a little like this … “will we have to ride on the road?” … “will there be helmets?” … “what if my legs give way?” … “what if it rains and I slip?” … “what if there’s no place to put my bag?” … “what if we get lost and can’t find our way back before dark” … “what if I can’t remember how to do it?”

You could say I was risk averse. You could say I was over thinking it. You could say I was unaccustomed to going outdoors. You’d be right on all fronts.

Enter Amber from Roam The Gnome. Look, there she is on the left. As for the girl on the right, please don’t ask me to explain that inexplicable stance.

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Amber was kind enough (and patient enough) to invite me along for a Brisbane CityCycle It’s a City Council initiative that lets you hire a bike from one of 150 CityCycle stations around town. Look, there’s Nervous Nelly saddling up.

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We paid for a subscription online and that covered the full day’s hire. Just quietly, I think it might be the best $2 I’ve ever spent. Sorry, I think I’ve written about $2 bargains once before. Am I repeating myself?

Thankfully, there’s a first time for everything and, let me tell you, this bike-riding biz made a pretty awesome debut. Amber and I started out at the City Botanic Gardens then headed off along Eagle Street Pier, before ducking under the Story Bridge and over to New Farm Park. It was simply spectacular. Navigating the river bends, with nothing but peddle power, was totally invigorating. Sure, some joggers lapped me but I was carpe diem-ing to the beat of my own bicycle bell … if you get my drift.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, no we didn’t ride on the road, yes there were helmets and no my legs didn’t give way. As for my derrière, well after our third hour of two wheelin’, a tad discomfort I was a feelin’. The bottom line? I want to do it all over again.

Here’s a few little snaps from our river ride.

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Tell me, when was the last time you rode outside of your comfort zone?

Linking up with Essentially Jess for I Blog On Tuesdays.

20 Comments

  • What a fab initiative at a bargain price. Wish there was something like that here in Perth. They do have bike hire near the beach and a long track but it’s a lot more than $2 for just 30 minutes.

    As a general rule, I try and do one new thing each week. Not always out of my comfort zone but close.

    • Reply July 19, 2016

      Tonia

      One new thing a week? That’s awesome. Make sure you check out this ride when you’re next in Brisbane, you’d love it Raych.

  • Fabulous. I am a nervous nelly as well. Bought a bike a couple of years ago after decades away from them. Still terrified when we go on the road and have to do a hand signal AND stay stable on the bike lol. Love the rental system in cities!

    • Reply July 19, 2016

      Tonia

      Oh Deb, I couldn’t handle a road ride – eek! As for the one-handed signalling, I’d be useless. Good on you for getting back on the bike, I say. Well played.

  • Reply July 19, 2016

    Melinda

    I’ve been wanting to have a ride on those bikes for ages! Brisbane has such great cycleways… The last time I rode out of my comfort zone was on skis- turns out it’s not like riding a bike but really bloody scary.

    • Reply July 19, 2016

      Tonia

      I highly recommend it Melinda, it’s such a great (non-scary) day out. As for those skis … I’m with you, I much prefer Apres Ski these days.

  • Reply July 19, 2016

    Rachel

    Look at you!! Very brave ;). I haven’t ridden a bike since I travelled through Europe 10 years ago… not sure I’d be much good at it! But it looks like you had a lot of fun!

    • Reply July 19, 2016

      Tonia

      Snap! It had been about a decade since my last ride too. Now I’m keen to go again soon. Such a great way to see the city.

  • Reply July 19, 2016

    Vanessa

    My husband lived in that pink house for a little while as a kid 🙂

    • Reply July 19, 2016

      Tonia

      Wowsers, lucky lad. I’d love to see inside. I bet it’s amazing.

  • Reply July 19, 2016

    Deborah

    When I lived in Brissy – Hawthorne and Morningside before my seachange – I used to see the bikes. They seemed a good idea but not regularly used. For me there were a few gaps in the available bike paths. On my side of town – for eg – you had to brave Wynnum Rd (or usually the footpaths) but I know Council and government were talking about more paths so it’d be good if you could cycle the entire way to work etc….

    I haven’t ridden a bike since high school (like 30yrs). I think it’d be okay but I’m carrying a lot of weight so think that could be a problem!

    • Reply July 19, 2016

      Tonia

      Funny, I’ve seen them around for ages too but I never actually considered riding them. I’m so grateful to Amber (from Roam the Gnome) for suggesting we give it a go. I wonder if there are any bikes for hire in your new town? Honestly, I can’t recommend it enough. I hadn’t ridden in forever either but it all comes back to you pretty quickly. I promise. x

  • Reply July 19, 2016

    Denise

    Looks like a beautiful bike ride. I’m also a nervous nelly so I hear you. I have a bike sitting outside that I haven’t been on in years. I used to really enjoy cycling along the river though. Maybe it’s time I got it serviced!

    • Reply July 19, 2016

      Tonia

      Yep book that service, Denise. I was amazed at how relaxing riding can be, especially when you follow the river. Sensational. I give it five stars.

  • Reply July 19, 2016

    EssentiallyJess

    Oh I would love to see Brisbane like that! I love bike riding, even though it’s been a while since I’ve done. I should get out more often.

    • Reply July 19, 2016

      Tonia

      Hopefully now you’ll have a little more time to get out and about, Jess. Again, thanks for the wonderful contribution you’ve made to the blogging community. You’re a legend. x

  • Reply July 19, 2016

    Renee Wilson

    I just love your writing. It’s always so fun to read and leaves me smiling. While I’d love to see you in my home town Brisbane, I’m glad you didn’t invite me along for a ride. If you think you’re nervous nelly, you ain’t seen nothing yet lol.

    • Reply July 20, 2016

      Tonia

      I’ll make you a deal, how’s about we do coffee and cake? I’m always onboard for those kind of outings too. x

  • Reply October 28, 2016

    Clare

    Oh this looks like great fun! I live in Brisbane and have been meaning to do this – for years. 🙁 I am just not confident i could actually ride a bike anymore!!?? $2 seems worth it it see though and have a fun day out with my hubby while I am at it….one day!

    • Reply October 28, 2016

      Tonia

      Oh Clare, I was feeling exactly the same way. I was worried my two left feet wouldn’t find their rhythm but, trust me, I was totally fine after the first ten minutes. I really hope you and your husband give it a go. It’s such fun, I promise.

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