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.
Those were the good old days, when true love was not measured in $$$$ and everyone could afford a BMW experience. Bicycle+Man+Woman added up to dearly cherished heart-throbbing delight for couples entrenched in nourishing biochemical reactions.
Values have changed so dramatically over the last half-century. In China, one lady made a famous statement that went viral over the internet : “I would rather sit in a BMW and cry, than to sit on a bicycle and laugh”. Very hard times for guys these days – haiz.
Fortunately, am an old man now, and I am thankful I do not have to contend with parting of hundreds of thousands of hard-earned dollars. Back then, BMW did not cost me an arm and a leg; just paid for it with my heart. Hehehe !
In the old days, when all men were males and all women were females, manufacturers made only two kinds of bicycles – one for each of the two sexes.
The male type had a horizontal bar in the frame for added stiffness – as usually it was also often used to carry heavy loads. That meant that if a lady wished to ride this bike, she would have to lift up her right leg high and over the seat in order to mount it. Well, back then most women wore skirts, and thus executing such a high-flying kick would have constituted a major public scandal.
Hence, the female bicycle was made. This one had the horizontal bar re-configured into a Vee, allowing for a more elegant and dainty manouevre for the ladies.