“Ride Goes Before A Fall”…

In the old days, mini bicycles with tiny outrigger “training” wheels were unheard of.  So we kids who wanted to learn to ride bicycles had to take on full-size (often ‘grandpa’ type) machines.

The way to go was to grab the handle bar with the left hand, and the cross-bar with the right arm, and with some pushing along, tried pedalling, steering and balancing all at the same time.

Needless to say,  for the first few times at least, the bicycle did roll forward for a short distance before L-rider and machine crashed to the ground.   No problem – maybe a couple of bruises to the knees, elbows or palms.  We just brushed away the dirt and off we went again, and again, until finally, we tamed the two-wheeled beasts.

Joyful pride came after the falls.  

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