Part of our internship program involves each intern writing a weekly blog about whatever topic they’ve learned or discovered. This week, Andrew Lovall, interning with us this semester from the University of Indianapolis, has tackled the blog:
I have been riding a bicycle for about twenty years now, and it is one of my favorite skills I have ever learned. Learning to ride a bike as a young child is really cool. It would be hard to say my favorite thing about riding a bike. Of course, I will always love to go down a country road with the wind blowing through my hair riding my bike and enjoying the fresh air. I think some of the lessons riding a bike has taught me may be more valuable. To me it always felt like that first step of independence. Once you are able to ride well, your parents will let you ride quite far from home. I can remember when I was a kid, my neighborhood buddies and I rode our bikes all over town. In fact, we even rode our bikes to the next town that was ten miles away! We used to do our own repairs on our bikes as well. Learning to ride a bike also teaches you many things that you use in your adult life, such as looking and paying attention to other vehicles on the road. Also, it helps you learn how to maintain your balance. I think the most important lesson a bike with coaster brakes teaches you is that you can not go backwards because you will stop. You have to persevere and keep pushing forward through life.