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Learning to Ride a Bike
by Daisy Bala

Wikipedia defines bicycle as a single-track vehicle with two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other. I was also always behind my brother, coping with teeny weeny challenges while he mentored me in cycling. He usually was better at grasping everything — advanced or mundane — while I was a laggard and a little gullible too.

When he learned to ride, his example sparked my desire to learn. So began my learning to the balance between the wheels. It was not long before my brother was handholding me during a dedicated daily schedule while I attempted various maneuvers.

I was his project and he worked me hard in the days that followed. Scorching my juvenile skin under the cacophony sun, barging into dead-ends, and colliding head on! He ran alongside me, straining his back and holding the handle to keep me upright as I slowly gained momentum on my unisex bike with a carrier, flashing headlight, scarlet chassis, and flashy stickers.

I never auditioned with training wheels, nevertheless managed well with pedaling, soon balancing and cycling with ease. Initially it felt weird forge ahead fast in untamed lanes but eventually I caught the spirit of self-transportation and the wind in the hair.

From wandering to staying focused, getting scratches to healing scabs, driving alone to double-seating, I did it all. My brother was relieved when I became a Miss Cycling Know-It-All. Ours was never a sibling rivalry, it was always sibling reverie and I cherish the hand holdings.

AUTHOR’S PHOTO CAPTION:  This picture was taken at Mackinac Island [Michigan] last year summer when I shared double seat with my hubby dearest. Though the cycles were a little broad-boned for me, I revived my interest and memories.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: A bicycle was the first thing that made me feel independent and flying. I have fond memories of my sibling helping me learn to ride. I was thrilled when I heard about this writing prompt so I could commit my memories to words.


Daisy Bala
lives in Wisconsin and maintains a blog at Her writings have been published with Silver Birch Press, Poetry Soup, and Creative Talents Unleashed.