Gail is a friend of mine and former colleague. Yesterday, she lifted up the seat of my bike and showed me how to mount and dismount. She said it would be much more comfortable riding. Gee, I didn’t know that. All I felt needed was to touch the ground with my feet. Maybe Rebb is already doing this, but someone can benefit from her instruction. So, I’m writing this down.
On mounting bike, first, step on the right pedal down, and at the same time, my left foot pushes the other pedal forward. This brings up my hip naturally to the seat. On dismounting, I push brake as my right foot pedals down, and then I lean my bike leftward, reaching the ground with my left foot. I did this successfully yesterday, but old habit is hard to break. I have to practice this again. I still try to reach the ground by pointing my toes without dismounting. I have to remember to lean my bike leftward. But I felt comfortable riding. I didn’t need to bend my knees too much.
I showed Gail my manga characters that I had drawn twenty years ago. I drew most of our coworkers and boss in our operating systems and network departments. We had fun! But she forgot a copy of her manga character, so, here it is.