Last Friday after Big Boy finished school for the week I took the kids out for a bike ride. Big Boy got a new bike for his birthday and he hadn't tried it out before then because of the rain. I decided that I would try to teach Little Boy to ride a 2-wheeler.
Little Boy has been riding a balance bike since he was around 18 months old. He started on a plastic motorbike balance bike with wide, forgiving wheels and then he moved on to a wooden balance bike with regular bicycle-width tyres. In Scotland he rode a balance bike to pick up Big Boy from the bus stop each day and here he rides to school and back at least once per day. Since I know he can balance a bike (because of all the practice he's had on the balance bikes) I decided to take him on the two-wheeler without training wheels.
Friday was not a big success. I couldn't get him to pedal forward. He kept pedalling backward and he would trigger the brake and stop the bike. It was very frustrating for both of us.
On Sunday, my husband took him it and showed him a few things about the pedals and - almost instantly - he was riding without assistance. My husband helped him a few times by running behind and holding the seat but he quickly moved on to riding independently after a push to get started. He could easily ride 10-15 feet on Sunday.
Today (Monday) I took him to the school basketball court to practice. I thought I would run along behind him and hold the bike. He thought something different....he asked me to steady the bike so he could climb on. Then he put his feet on the pedals and asked me to let go as he rode away. He rode so quickly I had to run to keep up with him.
Little Boy spent about half and hour riding lazy circles around the basketball court with no real spills or trouble. His balance is very good - when he falters he corrects his position on the pedals and shifts his body and just keeps riding. I was video recording him riding on my phone and I ended up with about 18 minutes of footage of him riding around in circles.