Braking For BodiesQuestion: What is the hardest part of learning to ride a bike?
Answer: The pavement

Evie Bloomfield here, all the way from Chicago to the happy land of Mackinac Island. There are no cars on Mackinac, no motor anything on the island. Fact is, if you want to get somewhere it’s by horse or foot or bike.

See that Chicago reference above? I’m a city girl and that means I have zip history with horses and with bikes. I got the foot part down from running after trains and buses but even on an eight mile island that’s a lot of foot-pounding.

I could jump on a horse-taxi here on the island to get around but that’s slow and expensive and someone else is doing the driving and I’m totally a control freak. That brings us to the bike mode of transportation. Oh, and there’s another little reason I really should learn to ride a bike. . . I’m now part owner of Rudy’s Rides bike shop here on Mackinac.

So how do you learn to ride a bike? I asked my partner Rudy. Exactly how hard is it? This is his advice. (warning: Rudy is a little crusty around the edges so if you are easily offended you might want to stop here.)

Rudy said learning to ride a bike is a lot like sex.

It’s best to wear protective gear when going into unfamiliar territory. .

It’s easier to learn with the help of someone who has a lot of experience. .

It’s usually hard to control your speed the first few times you try. .

You don’t need any special clothing, but you can get some if you are really into it. .

If you’re with someone who is having trouble keeping up, it’s usually best to slow down and wait for them. .

Most people think it looks easy until they try it for the first time. .

Once you learn, you never forget how. .

If you fall off get right back on. .

Not sure if Rudy has all the answers but these seem pretty sound. . .maybe?

So the question is. . . Do you know how to? Ride a bike of course. And what was your first. . .bike of course.

Catch you later especially if I’m on my bike.
Keep on peddling.
Evie Bloomfield

Braking for Bodies is the second book in the Cycle Path mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime, April 2016.

Evie Bloomfield puts the pedal to the metal—in the latest Cycle Path mystery from the national bestselling author of Geared for the Grave.

Moving from Los Angeles to small, picturesque Mackinac Island to work in a bike shop might seem crazy, but Evie knows it’s the best decision she’s ever made. That’s not to say she’s gotten rid of all her stress; after all, the upcoming Lilac Festival has everyone in town riding in circles.

But things really go downhill when a ferry full of tourists—including Evie’s friend Fiona’s former boss, the editor of a sleazy rag in LA—arrives on the island. No one knows why Peephole Perry came all the way to Mackinac, but things aren’t looking good for Fiona when Peep is found dead. Now Evie has to gear up and get a grip on the truth if she wants to clear her friend’s name. . .

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About the author
Duffy Brown is the national bestselling author of the Cycle Path Mysteries and the Consignment Shop Mysteries. She loves anything with a mystery. While other girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. She has two cats, Spooky and Dr. Watson, and works at a consignment shop when she’s not busy conjuring up whodunit stories. Visit Duffy at

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