I found out a few weeks ago that local councils offer free cycling training sessions* to give people more confidence on the roads.

After a few email exchanges, I was assigned an instructor and was ready to go.

When I opened the door that morning and caught eye of Richard’s very professional, dropped handlebars, road bike, I suddenly found myself blurting out: “I have a basket on my bike!” As I wheeled the bike down the stairs from my flat, I wondered whether he going to take me seriously with my shopper bike.

“Baskets are good,” he replied.

But it wasn’t as easy as general niceties, jumping on our bikes and heading off.

“Your handlebars are loose and this bolt isn’t tightened properly,” he told me, pointing to parts of my bike I had never even looked at before.

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