Congratulations for your progression.
At that stage of the progression, my recommendation would be that you start
getting out of your usual places and start doing some small trips, either
planned or random ones.
One day, I was training in my favourite park, near my house. I suddenly
decided to ride around in my village. I was in the same situation as yours
now, meaning I felt not 100 % prepared to traffic insertion. I chose to
ride in places that are not so exposed to traffic, or during low traffic
hours. I am quite lucky to have parcs and bicycles lanes in my place.
By the way, concerning traffic insertion (with cars), my opinion is quite
strict : I do not mix with cars with my Python. Not with my conventional
bike either, or at least as much as I can. But this is a personnal opinion,
because I got hit once by a car who ran over a stop, which ended in me
flying like superman before rolling over the ground, luckily without much
damages to me.
Doing some random trips around with your Python will put you in new
situations that will be new challenges for you. Try to diversify your trips
as much as you can, different sorts of grounds (grass, gravels, clean
road), flat roads, slopes, dry or wet roads, narrow or large areas, with
pedestrians, cycles, dogs, etc...
Doing new exercices may be fine, but I find more exciting to explore the
world and meet unexpected challenges.
You will feel more and more confortable, but you will probably experience
panic or crashes again, from time to time. One day, I was riding very well
on a bicycle lane, along the Isère river. An other recumbent bike passed by
me. It was a conventional recumbent designed for high speeds. I tried to
keep behing it as long as I could. My front wheel is 20 inches with a kid's
bike derailleur, so I was pedalling ridiculously fast like an idiot. The
bicycle lane is used as a dam in case of floods, so it is about 2-3 meters
above the ground and the river side. I ended swaying and finished my trip
in some bushes down the slope on the bicycle lane side. It was OK, but when
I appeared on the lane again, a pedestrian was staring at me as if I were a
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Through my daily training I have made some serious progress, I think.
Anyway, there are still times when I kind of panic, sway or even crash.
I still keep to my backyard, driveway, parking space in front of the house
and a straight private road and feel far away to attempt riding in mild to
Do you have any tips what to do for further improvement of my riding
Doing faster straight riding on empty private roads or cycle paths?
Just keep training circles, eights and handling at slow speeds and narrow
spaces (which I currently do)?
Set up a slalom parcours?
What did you do in between starting to learn and being able to ride in
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