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Old 01-27-08, 05:07 PM   #1
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5 yr olds training wheels are off! Great day to be a Dad!

Took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather today. Went to the swap meet and sold my Sora/Tiagra equiped Scattante, managed not to spend too much money, and went home to play with the family. My neighbor was outside with her 5 year old daughter trying to teach her to ride. My 5 year old boy said lets try that too. I took down his brothers old bike with out the training wheels and 10 minutes later he was zooming aroung the cul de sac. His dismounts leave a little to be desired but you could not wipe the grin off my face with and angle grinder.

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Old 01-27-08, 06:02 PM   #2
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Congrats, I remember when my daughter first rode without trainers it such a achievement for them
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Way to go. My Father-in-Law took the training wheels off my oldest sons bike when they were camping. I kept bending my youngest sons wheels up, until he told me he wanted them off. We went into the garage and I took them off. I asked him if he needed any help and he said "No." He then preceded to ride slowly out of the garage, and the rest is history. I was amazed by the balance he had at a slow pace.
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I remember when my dad took my training wheels off. I wanted so bad to ride like a "big kid", so he'd take them off and I'd fail miserably. Finally, I asked him one day to take them off and he told me I wasn't ready, and was hesitant, but after much persistance he took them off, and go figure, I was able to ride.
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Training wheels are for sissies I learned to ride by rolling down a hill into the street...and crashing into the hedge in the neighbor's yards. Both of my young'uns learned to ride by coasting and kick riding with no pedals. Then we used the broom stick behind the seat trick for a bit. DD was riding 15 mile road rides at age 5 and DS at age 7....girls learn faster than boys...DOH!

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Training wheels are for sissies I learned to ride by rolling down a hill into the street...and crashing into the hedge in the neighbor's yards. Both of my young'uns learned to ride by coasting and kick riding with no pedals. Then we used the broom stick behind the seat trick for a bit. DD was riding 15 mile road rides at age 5 and DS at age 7....girls learn faster than boys...DOH!

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I hope I can get mine riding soon. She turned 5 yesterday. I'm doing the no pedal, very slight downhill thing with her. I'd really like to get her independent, there are some great places she and I can ride once she's pedaling on her own.
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Took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather today. Went to the swap meet and sold my Sora/Tiagra equiped Scattante, managed not to spend too much money, and went home to play with the family. My neighbor was outside with her 5 year old daughter trying to teach her to ride. My 5 year old boy said lets try that too. I took down his brothers old bike with out the training wheels and 10 minutes later he was zooming aroung the cul de sac. His dismounts leave a little to be desired but you could not wipe the grin off my face with and angle grinder.

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Congrats!!!!
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[QUOTE=wahoonc;6061994]Training wheels are for sissies I learned to ride by rolling down a hill into the street...and crashing into the hedge in the neighbor's yards.[QUOTE]



Yeah same here. When I saw other kids riding bikes with training wheels I thought it meant they were handicapped.

...but to the OP,.........congratulations dad!
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Training wheels are for sissies I learned to ride by rolling down a hill into the street...and crashing into the hedge in the neighbor's yards. Both of my young'uns learned to ride by coasting and kick riding with no pedals. Then we used the broom stick behind the seat trick for a bit. DD was riding 15 mile road rides at age 5 and DS at age 7....girls learn faster than boys...DOH!

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I too learned to ride without training wheels, I also learned to swim by my dad throwing me in a lake (not the most pleasant memory but in retrospect funny). I chose the training wheel method because when each of my boys reached age three, they get a bike and they had training wheels. Actually my daughter just go her first on her second birthday. To each his or her own. I do believe the darn razor scooter is what gave him the balance he needed.
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Congrats! I remember when I learned to ride. More enjoyable than that was the day my little girl learned to ride!
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