Are you using clipless pedals?
What would you say is your biggest concern right now? You mention bouncing around a lot. A full suspension bike would absorb the bumps for you. Definitely see if you can rent or borrow one and see if it makes a difference. Nothing wrong with going FS even if it’s not the "recommended" bike for your area. Are there bike shops you can rent from? Or look for manufacturer demo days in your area. Which part of TX are you in?
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No I’m riding platforms. That’s it bouncing around trying to stay balanced. I know my local bike shop doesn’t but I’ll check Richardson Bike Mart the large chain in Dallas. I read somewhere learning to track stand will improve balance, so I’ve started working on that as well as riding 25 ft 1 x 6 plank.