Situation: You have a wife with severe back problems which renders her relatively inflexible, which precludes most forms of exercise including yoga, even though it is a low impact form of exercise. You both have an infant and a demanding work schedule and need a form of stress release and exercise but she needs to remain upright. Your husband (a dashing, sensitive, and oh-so dreamy stud-muffin) suggests she gets a bike. A trip to the LBS seems to find salvation in a Specialized/Globe Carmel 3 Low-Entry. Payment is made, bike assembly begins, and the bike and a child trailer will both be picked up Tuesday night along with the above mentioned hubby's Synapse in for some tune-up work (free with purchase earlier this year). Subtext Along With Situation: My wife hasn't ridden a bike in over 20 years and is EXTREMELY hesitant/nervous to do so. In addition to the physical exertion/stresses placed on her body due to 1) her back issues 2) being out of shape (as am I) and 3) being off of a bike and not using the muscles, she's generally fearful of falling off. I'm not really sure how to proceed to get her to go forward and start riding once we pick her bike and the trailer up Tuesday night. Part of me wonders once I attach the trailer to my MTB if she will just want to catch up to my daughter and I or if she'll need some coaxing along or????? I've never taught anyone to ride before or anything so I've never done this before. I've never introduced anyone to cycling so I'm not sure the best approach, or what works most often. Do I tell her "Well, yes, falling is part of the game, you just pick yourself up off of the ground and get going again" or???? I don't want to scare her off so I'm not too sure what to do. I guess the bottom line is. . . "What's the best way to encourage/introduce/reintroduce a cyclist into riding again?" Thanks In Advance.