There were a few wobbles when Ronnie Kelly’s feet first hit the bike pedals, but they quickly passed.
As a youngster, Kelly was an assured rider, but it has been 10 or 15 years since the grandfather of three was on a bike – so he is still regaining his confidence.
"The reason I wear gloves isn’t because of the cold – it’s to protect my hands from gravel rash if I fall off," the 72-year-old said.
He enjoys a ride along the Coastal Pathway cycleway.
"I’m a bit wobbly when I first get going, but I get better.
"I bought a bike that is just a little bit too big for me.
"I’m okay once I’m on it and travelling along at a reasonable speed, but going really slowly or getting the bike started is still a little bit of a problem."Kelly, who originally hails from Scotland, is a diabetic and it is largely for health reasons that he has bought a bike and started going for short bike rides.He is determined to lose some weight and improve his fitness. Cycleways like the Coastal Pathway are encouraging more people to get on their bikes. Photo: Geoff Sloan He is starting off small, going for short, gentle rides that allow him to build-up his cycling skills. But he plans to do more as the weather improves and his confidence grows."I’ve always enjoyed biking, but I got out of the habit of it," Kelly says."I like the pace of it and being able to look around. […]