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Old 06-06-11, 10:02 PM
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If you believe in yourself you will know how to ride a bike

You've probably seen the latest Youtube rage. A small enthusiastic new bicyclist.

But what made me pause was an interview, where the Mom said that it took him over a month to master bicycling.

At that age, I had taught myself the basics on a borrowed Schwinn Pixie in a couple of hours.

Are modern bicycles more difficult to ride?
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Old 06-07-11, 01:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
Are modern bicycles more difficult to ride?
I'm thinking the opposite.

I think that training wheels delay kids learning to learn to ride bikes. There is a modern trend toward "push bikes" that have no pedals or crankset. After kids push one of them around for a while and learn to balance and coast with their feet up, adding pedals isn't a big deal. Those weren't available when my kids were little so I just took a garage sale 16 incher and lowered the seat as low as it would go until they figured it out.
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Old 06-07-11, 02:01 AM
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There is a modern trend toward "push bikes" that have no pedals or crankset.
sounds like another one of those hipster fads

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Old 06-07-11, 02:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
You've probably seen the latest Youtube rage. A small enthusiastic new bicyclist.

But what made me pause was an interview, where the Mom said that it took him over a month to master bicycling.

At that age, I had taught myself the basics on a borrowed Schwinn Pixie in a couple of hours.

Are modern bicycles more difficult to ride?

Children are all different.

My son learned to ride a 2-wheeler in a couple of hours, when he was five. He was ( and still is ) the most uncoordinated child on the planet, but is a now a miniature Lance on his bike.

My daughter is very athletic, and is invariably willing to try anything. She couldn't ride a 2-wheeler until she was 7, after many, many, MANY days of practice. There were days when I thought she'd never figure out how to balance.
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Old 06-07-11, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
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But what made me pause was an interview, where the Mom said that it took him over a month to master bicycling.
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i've been riding a bicycle for about 37 years now, and i still haven't mastered it.
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Old 06-07-11, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
You've probably seen the latest Youtube rage. A small enthusiastic new bicyclist.

But what made me pause was an interview, where the Mom said that it took him over a month to master bicycling.

At that age, I had taught myself the basics on a borrowed Schwinn Pixie in a couple of hours.

Are modern bicycles more difficult to ride?
Give the kid a break! Obviously his forte is speech writing or inspirational lectures. How where you at that age doing those things?
Kids are different, they all progress at different levels. My 4, apart from looking alike, are 4 completely different beings. You can't compare them, I know it is a temptation for those who never had children, or for those who are new parents, but they are amazing creatures and will never cease to impress and inspire you. Let them be who they are, and encourage them in whatever they decide to be*. (*obviously responsibly).

That kid is a hoot, he has given me a knew phrase: "I am happy on myself!" That video is going to be used as a coaching tool, it is truly inspiring.

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Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post

At that age, I had taught myself the basics on a borrowed Schwinn Pixie in a couple of hours.
Did you master it? I still can't ride no-hands or pop a wheelie or bunny hop or do an endo stand.
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Old 06-07-11, 01:32 PM
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It took me a day to learn to ride. I don't remember the age. 9 maybe? I guess everyone is different.
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