I was one of seven kids. We didn't start out on our own bicycles when learning to ride... we tested our wings on older sibling's bikes. I learned to ride a "two-wheeler" by using my older sister's "girl's bike", which was a 1950's style Beach cruiser. The girls were very much shepherds to my brother James and me. They taught us how to ride bare-foot and how to go off of dirt-ramp jumps... totally responsible kids...
Riding these bikes was a chore - they were extremely heavy and I was way too short to sit on the seat. I learned to ride by standing on the pedals, coasting at first. When I fell, I fell hard.
No, I didn't own such cool Steampunk eye ware as a kid, but this is how I felt - cool.
needless to say, I was teased by the big kids for riding a "Girl's Bike".
Click the pick to see the dirty knees!