So last week my seven-year-old finally caught up with some of his peers and ditched the training wheels on his new bike we got him for his birthday. We had tried at the age of five, and the age of six, to take them off and he wouldn’t show much of an interest in learning how. I think he just needed time and “he” needed to “want” to do it instead of mom and dad pushing the idea on him. He wanted to be able to ride his bike to school and I said not unless he could ride it without training wheels. So that was finally his motivating factor.
We started first with taking one wheel off, that way if he leaned in that direction, he could straighten himself up. It took about a day of riding with one training wheel, then the next day I sneakily raised the other wheel so it wouldn’t touch when he was riding it unless he leaned. He had some very wobbly moments. Almost wanted to give up, had some times where the bike clearly won and he sported the wounds to show it… but along with tying his shoes (he learned this a few weeks earlier) he soon mastered his balance and his determination paid off. One thing he had trouble with was braking. He tended to jump off at the end or run into something, which usually resulted in a crash. Once he mastered braking. He was ready for his first bike ride to school. So last weekend, we got him a bike lock, and we practiced our first bike ride to school and practiced locking up his bike.
When Monday morning rolled around, even though it was due to rain, I knew he wouldn’t take no for an answer. So the three of us, with Braidy on JJ’s old bike, rode to school and had a very cold ride back home. Poor Braidy’s hands were freezing and we had to run them under warm water when we got back home. I’m proud of JJ for finally building the confidence he needed to master the one thing we all never forget how to do…..ride a bike.
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