One of the things I have enjoyed about my first few months' riding is that it provides constant learning challenges. I expected riding to be fun, and it is, but its taken me a while to realise just what a complex and rounded set of skills is involved. As well as riding around for utilitarian transport and for fun, I've put in many kms of deliberate practise, just trying to make myself as safe and fluent a rider as I can. I've noticed various things I'm good and not so good at, but two patterns stand out: Timidity (bad) : I know his doesn't fit the image of a male rider, but I often have a bit of a battle with being too timid. I've no desire to be that quick or aggressive, but there are situations where this trait is a detriment to safety. One is cornering-- mine is too slow (I have *never* gone too hot into a corner). Why this matters to me is that one of the unique advantages a bike offers a skilled rider is the ability to choose where to be in relation to other road users. That may well involve speeding well away from danger, and I can't really do that on tight, twisty roads right now. I often let people pass. Calmness (good): I've done enough kms now to have had a few potentially dodgy things happen, from sliding on gravel patches (happened today, albeit slowly) to finding roadkill right in my path on a corner. I haven't panicked, or even come close to it. Not being particularly skilled yet, I don't always know what the best thing to do is, but I haven't been tempted to snatch at the front brake or do anything obviously stupid, and I can maintain enough presence of mind to do whatever is within my skill limits. Seeing the patterns can be useful in spotting what to do about particular weaknesses. I've got a pretty good idea of what to do about my cornering slowness because I know it's mainly a confidence issue. Do any of you other novices think about this kind of thing? What are your strengths and weaknesses?