I went for a uni ride up the Water of Leith, after (bi)cycling it last night to see the flooding. I went as far as Roseburn before climbing up to the cycling paths and then heading north to the Granton gas storage thing, then east past the harbour before heading back south on the cycle paths to Cannonmills. A grand total of 8 miles, with a good bit of slow riding, hopping and a few attempts at one-footed riding.
I made more progress in my attempts to do Proper Wheelies this morning. I was riding up a slight incline, and manage to do a wee bit of steering correct whilst the wheel was up in the air. Normally, I just veer to the side and bail. The magic difference this time was that I was looking far into the distance, rather than staring at my front wheel.
Steering is funny like that. It works best when you don’t think about it. Just look where you want to do and you end up naturally doing corrections to keep you in that direction – even whilst on one wheel, it seems. It works the other way around too. It’s really hard to not steer towards something you’re looking at – target fixation.