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  •  yup....bike to school (1+ / 0-)
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    m00finsan

    or walk if you can.

    here in Philly, I saw probably 50 kids waiting for the bus and their rides....
    and, all I could think was,
    right here, downtown in the city...
    you can't possibly tell me that these kids can't walk or bike.

    they can't live that far away that only a bus or car will do...

    "Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle." -Helen Keller

    by ridemybike on Fri May 14, 2010 at 09:28:29 AM PDT

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    •  Some people just *can't* ride bikes. (1+ / 0-)
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      If you don't have the sense of balance, like I don't and my boyfriend doesn't, you just can't stay upright.

      Hoping and praying that the empty chairs and empty tables in Iran when all is said and done are as few as possible.

      by Cassandra Waites on Fri May 14, 2010 at 11:04:22 AM PDT

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      •  Go faster... (0+ / 0-)

        It's counterintuitive, but it works. The faster the wheels are turning, the more stable the bike is.

        If you don't fall down when you walk on an uneven surface, you have enough balance to ride a bicycle.

        It's the sensation of speed that usually screw people up... the speed at which they freak out is lower than the speed required to fully stabilize the bike.

        True of motorcycles as well, BTW.

        Of course, the faster you're going, the more it's gonna hurt when you crash...

        --Shannon

        "It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." -- Emiliano Zapata Salazar
        "Dissent is patriotic. Blind obedience is treason." --me

        by Leftie Gunner on Fri May 14, 2010 at 11:46:24 AM PDT

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        •  In the case of my bf, we're talking about someone (0+ / 0-)

          with an ADA-recognized conditions that includes spatial body awareness issues.

          If you can't stand on one foot for two seconds with your eyes open, you really shouldn't be trying to balance on a bike.

          Hoping and praying that the empty chairs and empty tables in Iran when all is said and done are as few as possible.

          by Cassandra Waites on Fri May 14, 2010 at 11:48:51 AM PDT

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          •  That's really rare... (0+ / 0-)

            Most people who don't think they have the balance required to ride a bike are as I described. For someone with your boyfriend's condition, the only option is likely to be a recumbent trike... and they're spendy.

            I can't imagine having that kind of balance issue... and I'm pretty damned clumsy. It's got to affect all kinds of things you wouldn't think it would.

            --Shannon

            "It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." -- Emiliano Zapata Salazar
            "Dissent is patriotic. Blind obedience is treason." --me

            by Leftie Gunner on Fri May 14, 2010 at 11:59:10 AM PDT

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            •  You'd be surprised how much it DOESN'T. (0+ / 0-)

              Balance overcompensation is something that doesn't always show up until a coach is yelling at you for not trying during a gym class exercise because you put your other foot down long before others do.

              Hoping and praying that the empty chairs and empty tables in Iran when all is said and done are as few as possible.

              by Cassandra Waites on Fri May 14, 2010 at 12:04:31 PM PDT

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