You never forget how to ride a bike. Or do you?

The Fylde Coast in Lancashire is a very flat part of the country with many quiet country lanes and a coastal path making it ideal for cycling.

We bought bikes when we retired.

Now they say that you never forget how to ride a bike and I have no quibble with this at all.

What they don’t say is that you can forget what to do when you stop pedalling and grind to a halt.

I was fine when I was actually cycling along the lanes. But when I stopped, I forgot that I was on two wheels and not the usual four of the car. So I would stop pedalling, apply the brakes, keep my feet on the pedals and slowly keel over.

I didn’t fall off my bike. Oh no! The bike and were very much still joined together when we clattered sideways to the ground with my feet still firmly on the pedals.

When this had happened on three separate outings, I decided to sell my bike. I looked into stabilisers for the back wheel but apparently they only sell these for children.

Nowadays I just take photographs of other people who are smart enough to ride bicycles without falling over every time they stop.


wheels monochrome family bicycles Blackpool prom

Blackpool:Family on Wheels ©HelenBushe


Black&white challenge Prom:Lone Cyclist monochrome wheels

Cleveleys Prom: Lone Cyclist ©HelenBushe


Black&white challenge Prom: Cyclist in Silhouette wheels monochrome

Lytham Prom: Cyclist in Silhouette ©HelenBushe


Cleveleys Prom monochrome cyclist bicycle wheels

Cleveleys Prom: Thinking Time  ©HelenBushe


Here’s a bicycle I might not fall off:

Southport Prom: Hitchin' a Ride wheels monochrome Black&white challenge

Southport Prom: Hitchin’ a Ride ©HelenBushe


 Perhaps I should look on eBay for a tricycle.


Thanks Cee for your Black & White Challenge: WHEELS



jacquelineobyikocha · 23 July 2017 at 18:40

Ha, ha. Wise decision. I think as I grow older, I’ll just stick to riding around the park. I wonder why they don’t have stabilizers of older children like us 😉

    HMB · 24 July 2017 at 09:12

    Thanks for visiting. Have a good week.

paulfraser11 · 23 July 2017 at 16:00

Forgive me Helen, but you had me laughing as I read your introduction. I’ll have to watch myself next time I’m on a bike it’s been so long, I can see the same happening haha! 🙂 Fabulous pictures

    HMB · 23 July 2017 at 16:03

    Four wheels good, two wheels bad. Avoid!

ultimatetravel8 · 22 July 2017 at 15:13

I love cycling. Every time I go on holiday I try to hire a bike. Great pictures!

    HMB · 22 July 2017 at 15:29

    Thank you. I think I left it s little Kate to try to rediscover the fun I had on my bike when I was a child.

Cee Neuner · 21 July 2017 at 17:43

I don’t think you do ever forget. I might not try riding your last photo though.

    HMB · 22 July 2017 at 07:56

    Thanks for looking and commenting, Cee. Have a good weekend

iballrtw · 21 July 2017 at 15:47

Hitchin’ a Ride — funny!

    HMB · 22 July 2017 at 07:53

    Thanks for visiting. Have a good weekend.

puppy1952 · 21 July 2017 at 14:22

Wonderful photographs – they really capture a mood. Love the statue

    HMB · 22 July 2017 at 07:54

    Thank you so much.

Joanne Sisco · 21 July 2017 at 11:59

There is a dreamy quality to each of these bike photos and works beautifully in b&w.

As for falling off a bike … yeah. I’m afraid I still do that on occasion, and I have the scars to show for it :/

    HMB · 22 July 2017 at 07:55

    Thanks for your kind comments, Joanne. 4 wheels definitely better than 2 . Have a good weekend.

Amy · 21 July 2017 at 00:30

I love your photos in monochrome, the third one especially! Love bird is taking a easy ride. 🙂
I haven’t tried to bike for ages. 🙂

    HMB · 21 July 2017 at 07:43

    Thanks Amy. I’m pleased you like the monochrome.

I'm always pleased to read comments.....

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