My boy learned to ride a bike this week! He did it the "old fashion" way with training wheels. He started riding a bike around his second birthday on a crappy hand-me down bike (training wheels) with rust on it. He received a balance bike as a birthday present but he wasn't tall enough to ride the balance bike right away, so he continued riding on his rusty bike.
We tried and tried the balance bike once he was tall enough but my son really likes to "be like daddy" and wanted to pedal. Frankly, I just wanted him to burn energy so we let him learn to ride a bike the old fashion with training wheels. First he learned to pedal then steer, then a few months ago he learned braking as well as riding fast!
Two years later on his bigger new Giant Animator Bike, on a sunny afternoon he decided to ride his bike. 2.5 hours of crashing in the bushes and falling off his bike, my determined little boy learned to ride a bike with no training wheels. He turned to me and said, "Mommy! Now I can Pedal, Brake and Balance!!". Lots of joyous yelling, double high-fives ensued and we even had a cake later in the day.
This isn't a pro-training wheels nor a pro-balance bike post but a "have fun learning how to ride a bike" post! I never thought I'd have the same feeling of excitement as when I saw my baby boy take his first steps, but this is as exciting as his walking milestone except that he joined in the celebration!
Pedal, brake and balance! How did you feel when your little ones learned to ride?
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