I rode a bike before that. It was just a convenient way to make the short journeys I needed to make. Initially to the university in Bristol, where helmets didn’t really seem to be the style. Then around the sidestreets and sidewalks to the lab when I worked in Cincinnati. Hybrid bikes with cargo shorts or socks pulled up over trousers. I bypassed the bearpit, became a great fan of the NCN paths, and discovered ride-by photography.