There are many, many things on a dad’s list of things he can’t wait to teach his kids. Maybe even a million things. But one of the most exciting for me is teaching our boys how to ride a bike. I mean, the say, it is like riding a bike has stuck around for a reason right?
We bought Harrison his first “big boy” bike last year for his third birthday. It has training wheels, a bell and everything a boy’s bike should have.
He was excited at the idea of riding a big bike instead of this three-wheeler but going from thinking to doing took some time.
He hated to pedal and was not that thrilled with having to have dad push him.
So since it was fall and the snow would be coming, we just took it slow. Riding around out front of the house now and then. Pedaling, just was not going to happen.
I was not that worried as he was only 3-years old and there was plenty of time to ride.
Fast forward to this spring. Thanks to bikes at preschool, the guy now is a pedaling machine. His three-wheeler is no more. He will be passing that one down to Charlie.
The “big boy” bike is tightened up, shined up and ready for riding.
Only after a few times out this year, Harrison is riding for over 20 minutes with stopping or falling off. Yes, the training wheels are still on but they are not flat, meaning he has to worry about balancing and shifting from side to side as he goes.
We are amazed at the progress and the newly found leg strength.
Here is a video I took of Harrison riding his bike on the weekend.
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As you can see, he is pretty good so far. I think if we keep this up, those training wheels won’t be on long. I taught myself to ride a bike using a grass hill. I would just roll down and see how far I could keep my balance. Anyways, we will see how Harrison does.
When it comes to teaching our son to ride a bike, I say, keep on riding.