Biker chick

When we live in Nashville, we had a really nice situation for walking and learning to ride bikes.  We had a flat acre of land on a dead-end street.  I bet we walked 5 days a week while Isaac was learning to ride his bike.  We started with a Red Rider tricycle, graduated through various plastic trikes and finally onto a 2-wheeler with training wheels.  We spent a bunch of time riding, now and then raising the training wheels a little so he would have to balance more and more on his own.  One day he had enough and asked me to take the trainers off completely.  I figured we were in for a few skinned knees, but I kid you not, he jumped on the bike and never wrecked a single time!  He was about 5 when he figured it all out.

Isaac’s first time riding w/o training wheels – 2005

We moved to WV when Abigail was 3 so she didn’t have much time to ride bikes like Isaac did.  There is plenty of land here in WV.  In fact, there may be more land here than in Nebraska.  WV is just wrinkled into a small package that is straight up and down!  So, learning to ride a bike here requires that you find a flat piece of ground somewhere.  Last weekend, Emily was at a training class so the kids and I headed over to the track at the nearby high school.  Even at almost-8, Abigail was still in training wheels on her bike.  Before heading to the track, I raised her training wheels a little so she would have to balance a little.

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We walked a few laps and Abigail was beyond fed up.  She got so mad she said, “I wish you would just take those stupid training wheels off.”  Being a good Boy Scout, I had a wrench with me so I had them off in 5 minutes.  I helped her a few laps around but she pretty quickly caught on and is now officially a bike rider!  Now that I have no more training-wheel-encumbered kids in the house, I think I have finally figured out that training wheels do more to slow kids from learning to ride a bike than they help.

So, Abigail is now a biker chick.  She loves riding and wants to go all of the time!  I am super happy for her and so proud that she got mad and decided what she wanted…and made it happen!  Bikes first…next, the world!

6 thoughts on “Biker chick

  1. Way to go Abigail! Now you’ve got to get dear old dad to get you a new bike to celebrate!

    That’s how my kids learned how to ride their bikes. My husband would keep raising their training wheels until finally they were so high that they weren’t even using them. We have a good bit of flat land around our house. So they were able to ride a lot at the house but they officially took the training wheels off when we were on vacation at Canaan Valley. We stayed at a house that had a paved driveway. No falls at all! I remember falling all the time when I was learning. I’d prefer to do it the way my husband did it!

  2. All right, Abigail! Good job!

    I so hear you—it really makes a difference where you learn to ride. Back here on our long gravel driveway, we have to drive 20 minutes to find a good, smooth paved park area. Juli turned 8 in December and is just now ready to take those training wheels off.

  3. Go Abigail! Awesome!
    The downfall of living in the rural part of the mountains is that we have to pack up and head to town for suitable bike riding. So sadly, Pierce doesn’t get too much practice, although he has a very nice bike.

  4. Yay for Abigail : ) I thought my girls would never learn to ride-especially one of them. She finally just had to be left to figure it out on her and by herself-and that was much easier for me : )

  5. It looks so GREEN where you are!!! YEA Abigail!!!

    Abby was a good little bike rider, similar to Isaac. Mousey was too, just a little later, But that Boy, OH. My.Word! We didn’t think he would ever get the hang of it! And he would never put his feet down to catch himself, he would just timber over! YIKES.

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