- I have always wanted to know how to ride a bicycle.
- Unfortunately, the older I grew the more risk averse I became.
I only learned to ride a bicycle the other day.
When growing up as tiny boys who could only cycle from under the frame of the village bicycles known as Black Mamba, I was too afraid of falling off the bicycle and breaking a bone.
I therefore missed out on the free cycling lessons that were offered by the fellow boys along the dusty village cattle tracks.
The bicycles were stolen from the family parking lots and half the time they had defective brakes and a steering system that was asymmetrical to the direction that the bicycle was moving.
Learning to cycle from such metallic contraptions was nothing short of magic.
I have always wanted to know how to ride a bicycle. Unfortunately, the older I grew the more risk averse I became.
The mere thoughts of careening down a steep hill on a bicycle whose brakes had failed and being thrown over a cliff have always kept me from trying to ride that iron horse.
RIDE UP THE HILL
The fear did not keep me from window shopping for modern bicycles, what we refer to in the village as 'bicycles of gear'.
These are bicycles that are highly revered because talk has it in the village that you can ride these bicycles up a hill without disembarking and pushing it.
The Black Mamba bicycle is not made for riding up a hill. The minute the gradient changes to uphill, you have to get off the hard seat and push the bicycle until you see the next signs of a flat or downhill terrain.
Life has not always been harsh to me. Last year, I raided the kitchen budget and bought myself a 'bicycle of gear'.
Six months, down the line I am shameless to report that I have only ridden it a record three times including last Saturday.
So last Saturday I woke up early to take the baby for its first superhighway ride. I did not really wake up, I had not slept a wink because of excitement and apprehension.
Because Man Kamaa is the angel when you need one, he had hooked me up with state of the art cycling gear from the big open air market.