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A refresher for getting back on the bike

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These days, more and more people are out riding a bike. And not just the Lycra-clad, weight weenie set. A few years ago, my 77-year-old mother got in on the act. And her first word after she took her first ride in 30-something years?

“Perfect,” she exclaimed, a big grin plastered across her face.

So maybe you want a big grin on your face, too, but you never learned how to ride a bike. Or perhaps your bike-handling skills are a little bit rusty.

No problem: Sign up for classes through the Bicycle Riding School (www.bicycleridingschool.org) in Somerville or MassBike’s bike safety classes (massbike.org/blog/2011/07/28/bike-safety-classes-are-rolling).

If you don’t own a bike or have a phobia about commitment, no worries: Hubway (www.thehubway.com) makes renting easy.

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