Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Central California
Bikes: Giant TCR C1
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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).
Last edited by joshuatrio; 11-11-12 at 05:26 PM.