I am a 5 ft 1.5' 72 yrs old rider. Haven't ridden in very many years which was a single speed bike so this 26" wheel 7d GO is all new to me. I have been riding on my street a couple of times and find the bike a little awkward to handle. Will this improve with practice. I keep thinking I should have discussed the purchase of 24" wheel bike with the shop owner. It appeared that they didn't have any in stock and when I questioned if the bike was the right size I was reassured that based on my height the 26" was a good fit. Any advice, comments etc from the group or those who wish to provide input would be greatly appreciated.
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You should be able to ride this bike with a little practice. My father is almost 90 and he still rides. Last summer I met someone in their late 90's and still riding 30+ miles a day. One of my riding buddies is 74 and can ride 150 miles in a day, leaving most young people in the dust. So age is not going to be an impediment.
My first question would be: Did you have the bike fitted to you? A proper bike fit can make all the difference. If not, go back to the store and make an appointment for a proper fit.
After the bike is fitted, find a dedicated bike trail that has no cars. Practicing on a trail will remove the car danger and make learning easier.
Last year I encouraged two retired ladies in my life to pick up cycling after not having cycled since their youth. Both struggled for a couple of hours before they were happy riders.
It will take time. Cycling uses muscles that you might not have used frequently or even knew you had 🙂