After a day of being in front of a camera, with 3 cameras and some class looking lights pointing at me, I now fully understand how much of a challenge it must be to do that full time. I can't for the life of me understand how that might come naturally to some people.
Tina had the advantage of having attended "Young Entertainers" - a drama group in Camp, Tralee, Co. Kerry when she was younger, and had the opportunity to fluff her lines amongst friends - whereas I had to do it in front of practical strangers :)
--Admittedly, I think we could become friends after that bonding experience.
For 23 years, I have mended punctures, changed pedals, adjusted saddles and oiled chains, without giving much thought to the process, but having to do it, explain it and consider the camera angle, brought a new set of challenges for me. I have to come clean though and say, it was an experience I look forward to recreating! What a great adrenaline buzz.
I can't wait to share the finished videos with the Secondary School Students that get to receive them. They will hopefully benefit some of the students and encourage them to be more independent and look after their own bikes and keep cycling in the long term. We would also love to hear their feedback & questions going forward, so if there are any questions or comments, please feel free to direct them to email@example.com and we will do our best to answer you.
Thank you for the opportunity @cyclingireland to pay forward some of the knowledge that we have learned, we really appreciate it.
This week we have been talking quite a bit about road safety, and how a cyclist might appear to other road users. I came across this useful video from the British Safety Council to demonstrate how easy it is in a larger vehicle to miss a pedestrians or cyclists on the side of a road. This demonstrates why we should never attempt to pass a larger vehicle on the inside of traffic. We might have to wait an extra few minutes and stay back from the truck/bus/tractor. Thinking of our own safety is so important.
It dawned on me lately - no matter how well prepared I might think I am, I seem to rely mainly on experience for the questions and answers section of every lesson. Some students may ask questions we haven't had before, and we may have to find out the answer, but we encourage those that think outside the box. Keep asking questions. Keep wondering. Allow us to try to help you develop your interest in bikes.
Having the answer to everything you're asked is impossible, knowing that is knowledge in itself.
As a person that loves learning, having the difficult questions is another opportunity to learn more, in order to pass that information on.
Blog posts are going to be mainly mini musings of Ray & Tina's various experiences.....