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Old 10-31-12, 09:52 AM   #1
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6 year old son finality road his bike!

My wife and I have been pushing him for two years. (Probably too hard)
After reading on this very sight last week I removed his training wheels and PEDALS.

The big difference is that he enjoyed rolling as far as he could.
Riding on training wheels is kind of scary.

Anyway last evening i put the pedals back on and he rode the length of our driveway a half dozen times!

We were all three so excited. He made us send Mimi a video. Now his scout leader has found out and he gets a bead at the next pack meeting.

On a side note the two year old is scooting away on his Raleigh push.
I don't think he will ever need "training" wheels.
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Old 11-02-12, 10:42 AM   #2
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Awesome!
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Nice ! That's gotta be an awesome feeling. Makes for some really good father-son time coming up eh?

My 5 year old rode 7 miles with his grandfather and myself this weekend. Still on training wheels (just got a new bike that's a bit too big), but hope to be out of them shortly.
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It is awesome. I was killing me to be so into bikes and have him not able to ride one.

He is getting better so fast. Sunday he and the neighbor kid road 3 blocks to the park.
(tiny town with very little traffic)
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I finally had my 8 year old excited about riding solo. She loved the trailer bike so much I could never get her to ride her own. I got some advice somewhere about starting kids on a long, grassy hill, with just enough pitch to help them along so they don't have to pedal so hard. Worked great. 3rd time out we brought mom along so she could see, but picked a longer hill; didn't realize it was also a little steeper. My daughter got going a little to fast, wiped out on a bump, and smacked her lip on the handle bar.

Now we're back to the trailer bike...
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Partsman - I found your post really encouraging. Because of your post, I was determined to get my son from 4 wheels, down to 2.

I took his brand new bike back to the store yesterday - since it was a little big, and got him one that fits to the T, wanting him to be fully confident riding around.

Assembled the new bike, but WITHOUT the training wheels. Dressed him nice and thick with gloves, jacket, helmet and pants and went outside.

Initially, I removed the pedals, and tried the whole balance thing - but it was pretty foreign to him since he's so used to pedaling with the training wheels on. So, I put the pedals back on, and walked around the parking lot with him riding (my hand balancing him using the seat), and then let him go.

He was gone.

The kid rode like he'd been riding for a long time. My wife and I were like "seriously, that's it?"

Now he wiped out on the turns - but we were pretty shocked how well he did.

After church today, put some gloves on his hands for wipe outs, then set up a few chairs on either end of the parking lot, told him to ride from one end of the lot to the other, circle the chairs and come back. Every time he did it successfully, he got an M&M. His record is 4 solid turns without crashing.

Starts and stops are still a bit tricky, but I'd say another week or two and we'll be good to go.

Thanks for your post. A little more riding for my boy, and we're gonna hit the paved bike trail nearby, and go for a good 10 miles (for some ice cream).

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Old 11-11-12, 07:52 PM   #7
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It is amazing how it just clicks. Kids learn that way.
I would hate to teach an adult.
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since my kids played T-ball, etc. when they started riding bikes I brought them to the baseball & softball fields near me. the ones where we could practice in private. and I had them ride from home plate to 1st base. then gradually further until they could round the bases. in their mind they knew the goals well. the ground was just dirt, not pavement, so combined with knee pads, elbow pads and yes even wrist guards, they conquered the basics of starting, stopping, keeping balance and turning. you know I think it helped make them better base runners too! anyway, something you might like to try once or twice.
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