Today I bought my daughter, Cyan, her second bike but this time without training wheels. It is a 20 inch, Schwinn “Stardust” bike suitable for her size and age. She was very excited at the prospect of possibly learning how to ride today. We were helped by one of the store clerks, Andy, as he picked out a bike for my daughter. She got on the bike and felt very comfortable. Andy gave her a few pointers on how to start learning how to ride and even demonstrated for her (she giggled at his large frame on her small bike). Being that she’s been riding her little scooter for quite some time now, he said that she already should know how to balance herself. He gave her until the end of July to really master how to ride her bike.
We left the store and headed back home. As I parked the car and got the bike out, she was eager to get on and ride. Why not? I got her helmet and proceeded to teach her the fine basics of riding and keeping balance. She was a little nervous and fearful of falling down and getting hurt but I assured her that I had her back – literally. As she rode her bike, I held the rear end of her seat. There were a few frustrating moments as she kept moving the handle bars in jerky movements or when she wasn’t able to properly push herself off but in the end, she started to get the hang of it. Unbeknownst to her, I would occasionally let go of the seat and watch her ride on her own for a few seconds. Excited at the prospect of actually seeing her ride on her own, I took a break and went upstairs to the apartment to get my camera and video. She went to a nearby park with my wife and the dog.
By the time I met up with them with the equipment and water bottles, a surprised Cyan shouted to me that she knows how to ride her bike! My wife was laughing as she confirmed that on her own, she set off to ride her bike. I had missed those precious solo moments!!!! My daughter, wishing to comfort me, told me that she was willing to reenact the whole ride all over again. To my utter surprise, she got on the bike and started pedaling away. I was so proud of her at that moment. She is such a quick learner. With only 15 minutes of direct one-on-one instruction, she was able to basically start learning on her own.
Tomorrow we will all go out and take a bike ride for the first time as a family.