Despite my tiredness and general lethargic state of being, we decided we would give a bike ride a try the day following her arrival. My mother-in-law has not been on a bicycle in 30+ years, so I was a little nervous to see how things would go. I was fairly certain if we put the saddle all the way down she would do fine on my loop frame Public as far as size was concerned, but I had a bit of fear that she would not remember how to ride or that she'd topple over on her first go.
|A bit camera shy, my mother-in-law didn't make it into a photo|
After Sam put the saddle down (and fixed a flat that happened randomly while the bike sat in its parking spot), she got on to test it out. To my utter surprise, my lovely M-I-L took off with ease, pedaling in circles and just trying to make sure she knew where everything is on the bike.
Ultimately, we went for a fairly short ride into town, but it was such a great experience to see someone who hadn't been on a bike in decades enjoying herself. While riding I couldn't help but proclaim, "I guess there's a reason for the saying about never forgetting how to ride a bike." She laughed and added, "Yup. It really is 'just like riding a bike.'"