Somehow I always seem to find myself looking, more like staring, at the newbies; sometimes in amazement, other times in disbelief.
You know the people with the uneven training wheels so that they can practice balance on their own but just end up rocking side to side while pedaling down the street. Sometimes they keep those training wheels on, uneven and all, for a long time because it’s “comfortable.” I never had training wheels.
I went straight for the big kid bike. Whenever I got off balance I’d stop, reposition, and try again. 17 years and four bikes later that approach still hasn’t failed me.