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Continued: Adults learn to master two wheels

  • Article by: KAREN ZAMORA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 29, 2014 - 2:47 PM

So Laven got a pair of roller skates. They were less likely to be stolen, easier to store and cheaper for her parents, who immigrated from Cuba, to buy. Besides, “everybody was on roller skates,” she said. “It was the ’90s — that’s just what we did.”

When Laven moved to Minnesota last year, she noticed everyone was biking. “It wasn’t just skinny hipsters riding bikes,” she said. “It was older people, too.”

In 2011, she found out she was in remission from stage 2 non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and made her list.

“A lot of the things were quintessential American, in my mind,” Laven said. “And as a child of immigrants, it was all so foreign to me, like riding a bike.”

She saw a notice about the learn-to-ride classes in a community bulletin and knew it was for her.

“That’s one thing I can check off that I never did as a kid.”


Karen Zamora • 612-673-4647

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  • Asya Kosygina learns to ride a bike during the Learn-to-Ride class on a Saturday morning at Matthews Park.

  • Vanessa Laven adjusts her helmet after a break during the Learn-to-Ride class.

  • Sumitra Ramachandran talks with instructor Sheldon Mains at the first lesson of a four-week Learn-to-Ride program.


    Open bike shop: 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays.

    Programs offered: Earn-a-bike class, free adult and teen learn-to-ride classes, community bike rides.

    Location: 1915 E. 22nd St., Mpls. Contact: 612-787-7433 or Info:

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