May 1, 2018
May 1, 2018
Last year, my husband was moving to Singapore and he said to me “let’s go cycling when I come back in September”…. And this was in July 2017.
Gosh, I never in my life had ride a bicycle let alone think of learning it as an adult so the question on my mind was - is it too late to learn to ride a bike?
Frantically, I googled for adult lessons, called my dear friend (RY who is an enthusiast). After speaking with RY, I discovered Travel Wander. I wrote to them and I was so impressed with the customer service that was provided by Sheryl who then referred Alvin Low to be my coach. They offered 5 lessons for beginners (minimum 2 pax to learn). The great thing, was they accommodated on a one on one training and flexible with time and location and if I may add, I was being bold when I told Travel Wander I want to take all 5 lessons in 7 days.
I met Alvin for the first time on 8th September for my first lesson. My first question to Alvin was “how long does an average adult take to learn how to ride”. Obviously, a silly question as this depends on individual but he was polite to say - learning to ride as an adult is no harder than learning as a kid, as long as I take the same step-by-step approach to the process. The challenging thing about training an adult is the fear factor and he seem to be successful in pushing away grown-up fear and nerves.
So, for my first lesson, Alvin taught me all about the different parts of the bicycle, followed by practicing getting on and off the bicycle.
Next important lesson – braking. We walked next to the bike, push it along and practicing on the brakes.
Then the ‘fun’ part begin. Pedals off and push off with one foot and learn how to balance and glide. I must admit, I was proud of myself for having a wobbly ‘good’ balance.
At the end of my second lesson, Alvin said “You did so very well. Am proud to see you move off n cycle juz now”.
On my 3rd lesson, Alvin took a video of me cycling. YES cycling.
Alvin took his bicycle with him for our 2nd last and last lessons and we were cycling together round Bishan Park.
The feeling was “WOW how amazing is that”. Sometimes we have all got to be pushed into doing enjoyable things that scare us. Thanks to my husband, Travel Wander and most importantly to my coach Alvin, I can now cycle.
I want to tell everyone it is never too late to start so whoever wants to do it, GO GIVE THIS A SHOT, CONTACT SHERYL AT TRAVEL WANDER.
Thank you, Sheryl, for following up from the beginning to the end and thank you Alvin for your patience and giving me confidence.
This thank you note took longer but again it’s never too late to pen down anything worth talking about.
Cheers and all the best