Learning to Ride a Bike

August 17, 2008

When I was a child, everyone in my neighborhood knew how to ride a bike. I don’t remember how we learned but it was just something that we did. I had one of those pretty pink bikes with the long vinyl banana seats and colorful plastic flowers attached to a white wicker basket. You know the ones I’m talking about.

Girlie Girl is a little different. Growing up she never had any real interest in learning to ride a bike. In fact, I don’t think she even rode the tricycle we bought for her very much. Every time we would take her to the park to practice, she would give up after a few minutes. “I’m tired. I can’t peddle. It’s too hard.” She would end up walking the bike back to the car. We never pushed it thinking she’ll learn when she’s ready.

Well, now that she’s six years old, she’s beginning to realize that out of all her neighborhood friends, she’s the only one who can’t ride a bike. Needless to say, she’s determined to learn – NOW. We’re not talking about training wheels, she wants to learn how to ride a “real bike” like everyone else. So now she’s taking a crash course (pun not intended) and hopes to be riding like a pro very soon.

I see a lot of skinned knees in her future.

How old were your kids when they learned to ride a two-wheeler? Any tips on what worked for your children?

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42 Comments on “Learning to Ride a Bike”

August 17, 2008
9:38 pm

Mozi Esme's Mommy said:

That “crash course” is rather funny!

Just a lesson from my childhood - make sure she learns how to brake before you let her off on her own! I had a big scare - I was excited to stay balanced all the way down the block, but then couldn’t stop when I got to the end. I think the oncoming driver had a bigger scare than I did!

Other than that, I think all the scrapes and bruises are just a coming of age thing. Best wishes!

August 17, 2008
10:45 pm

ciara said:

my ex and i separated when our girls were 5 and 3 so we never had a chance or time to teach them how. after i married my current husband it took me about a month and half before we could come here to cali. he had christmas waiting for us when we got here. he had bought all the kids bikes and me one, too. he is the one who helped them by sort of holding the bike by the back and running along side them. when they got going a little bit and he saw that they weren’t turning the handlebars too much, he let go. they were 8 and 6 at this time. 8 yr old learned rather quickly and the 6 yr old followed not too far behind.

August 17, 2008
11:03 pm