But was I still using too much force? At low speeds I go squirrely, and find it much harder to control the bike. That's especially true when I'm riding one-handed while I get a drink of water.
Probably part of the trouble is that I'm usually riding faster than 9 mph, and need more practice at slow-paced pedaling. So don't ride right next to me when I'm doing an "easy" ride. We might both end up on the ground :(