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I'm going to start riding a bike

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I have a little confession to make: I'm a little bit scared to ride a bike. I know it's good for the environment, and for my health. It looks like fun. Heaps of people I know are doing it already. But... I'm nervous about doing it myself.

I had this idea that I was going to get involved in Ride to Work day this year, but I put off getting a bike, and made all sorts of excuses.

It's mostly because of the traffic. It's much bigger, heavier and faster than I am. Plus I'm a pretty klutzy and absent-minded person, always tripping over or walking into things. I'm not sure these two facts make a good combination!

And yet I'd still like to try, I think. I don't drive, so I'm used to getting around by walking and taking public transport, so I won't miss the so-called convenience of a car. It'd be nice if I didn't have to wait around for buses, or sit on cold train station platforms, waiting for my ride.

But arriving at work all sweaty doesn't seem like much fun, and although we've got some showers and lockers at my office, they don't look all that nice. I know I don't have to get all spandexed up in neon lycra, but I'm not sure what I'd wear instead, since I normally live in jeans. These photos at Copenhagen Cycle Chic might have to be my inspiration.

Plus there's the cost of getting a bike, especially when I don't know if I'll like riding enough to follow through on this. I think I've solved this little problem though, because a friend has said she'll lend me her bike for a while, to see if I like it. I don't think I'll get a better opportunity to give this cycling idea a test-run, so I guess this is it!

Are you a regular cyclist? Have you got any tips for a beginner? Or are you like me, interested but not confident enough to take to the streets yet?