My father-in-law wants to teach my mother-in-law how to ride a bike. (She rode as a small kid, but had a wipeout and hasnít ridden since. Sheís ~60, in good physical condition due to yoga 4x/week.) On the weekend I helped him buy an old ladies MTB off CL (staying within his prescribed budget) and then helped him install his online purchase: adult training wheels!
Why Iím Good:
- I gave up a good portion of a sunny weekend day for this. I could have been helping my 4-yr-old who just learned to cycle. Seeing him so stoked is one of the best parts of parenting!
- I installed adult training wheels (which I abhor) by myself along a bike path at a public beach, enduring the shame of young and old passersby alike. I felt like printing a sign that said ďThey are not for me!Ē I generally donít care what others think about me, but in this case, I really did. Strange.
- I did it, even though I donít think itís the best approach to teaching, because thatís the way they want it and I will support themóright or wrong. Iím sure Iíll be taking them off in short order.
- Learning new skills at 60 yrs old is cool.
Why Itís Bad
- Training wheels do not teach balance. I installed them, even though I know itís not the right thing.
- Better to remove pedals and stride around a bit.
- After I installed them, I tried them out. (I had given up my dignity at this point.) Even if you pedal at a walking speed, your turning radius is HUGE.
- They look absolutely ridiculous.
Here is my 4-yr old pointing out to me that he learned to ride in 10 minutes without any training wheelsóbasically telling me Iím wasting my time...the little smart@$$!
Anybody ever experience these things?