Learning to ride a bike

Last weekend saw Roo finally learning to ride a bike. Something that she has wanted to do for as long as I can remember but we had just never gotten round to. In fact I can remember being one of the goals on her pre-school report card (oops).

With the sun shining Mr Boo removed her stabilisers and we headed off to our local park. With the walk taking us through the graveyard opposite our house it was there that Roo took the first few tentative tries to ride unaided.

Learning to ride a bike - Roo

By the time we had reached the playing field she was able to ride short distances before wobbling and stopping. However, once we reached the playing field there was no stopping her (literally she hasn’t figured out the brakes yet so she either wobbles and stops or puts her feet down). Watching her ride round and round I was so very proud of her and was cheering like the embarrassing parent I can be (sorry Roo).

Learning to ride a bike - Getting there

Thankfully she never managed to fall off, I was convinced that I was going to spend the afternoon in our local A&E. She really needs a new bike though as this one she received for her 3rd birthday! So I am on the eBay hunt for a bargain, so if you manage to spot one in a sale please let me know (bikes can be so expensive).

Seeing her riding along the playing field made me think back to when I first learnt to ride a bike. I can’t remember how old I was but I was probably around Roo’s age, it was summer as I was staying at my Granny’s house. Opposite my grandparents house is a small village school who allowed us to play in their yard and on the playing field during the school holidays. I can remember heading over there with my uncle and him holding on to the back of the seat to steady me and running around the playground with me as I rode along, before he finally let go.

Thinking about learning to ride a bike I posed a couple of questions on Facebook earlier this week…

How did you learn to ride?
[box] I had a black and yellow BMX if I recall correctly, my dad took me to the top of the garage ramp, pushed me down and told me to pedal… I fell off at the bottom! Was told to get back on the bike and back up the ramp and was pushed down again and that was it. I think that was back in the days of no helmets either (showing my age!).

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When did your children learn to ride a bike?

Emma and 3  – shared that her son finally learnt to cycle at 10 years old

A Beautiful Space – told me of how proud she was of her daughter learning to ride

Mummy, Mummy, Mum – shared the story of how all three of her children learnt to ride a bike, all on the same bike too (must be built to withstand lots of riding practice)

Any top tips for learning to ride a bike?

Kiddy Charts – shared this helpful post, highlighting that children need to know it’s OK to fail

Katy Hill (yes, THE Katy Hill!) – pointed me in the direction of a fabulous Netmums video that she did sharing her top tips

Lady Briggs – has a great #TuesdayTip post about teaching your child to ride a bike

Parent Shaped – shared their post full of top tips of going from balance bike to pedal bike

So how did you learn to ride a bike?
When did your children learn to ride a bike?
Any top tips for learning to ride a bike?


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  1. May 22, 2014 / 6:31 am

    Ah, well done it’s a milestone x

  2. May 22, 2014 / 6:44 am

    very well done to Roo – learnign to ride a bike without stabilsiers or going form a balance bike to a pedal bike is such a big step for kids and a proud moment for us and them. well done Roo – now there will be no stopping her of course!! x

  3. May 22, 2014 / 6:47 am

    Thanks for including me, and well done Roo!! x

  4. May 22, 2014 / 7:37 am

    Aww! Well done Roo! What a great achievement!!

  5. May 22, 2014 / 8:04 am

    Roo has done so well to master it on the first attempt. I think wanting to do it has a big part to play. Thanks for including my story – Dyl is thrilled that he now can go on his bike with his friends.

  6. May 22, 2014 / 10:23 am

    A great post and thank you for the love!! I actually acquired a new bigger bike this week for Liv (without stabilizers) so will be taking her to a park once she is ready and setting her off on her way. Grass is surely the best thing!! x

  7. May 22, 2014 / 12:44 pm

    Such a big moment isnt it! A real leap of faith required and then there is no stopping them!

  8. May 22, 2014 / 1:46 pm

    Well done to her! My daughter was nearly 5 when she learned and my two boys were approaching 5 and a half. All three of them cracked it first time, although my middle one who is now 10, still doesn’t believe in himself and would always choose to walk rather than cycle.
    Thanks for linking with Loud ‘n’ Proud.

  9. May 22, 2014 / 5:35 pm

    Your post reminds me that i really need to get my daughter to ride her bike more often.

  10. May 22, 2014 / 6:28 pm

    This is so helpful thank you, it’s something we’re yet to master!

  11. May 22, 2014 / 6:40 pm

    What a lovely post! I’m so excited to teach my littles about how to ride a bike. Weirdly I don’t actually own one myself at the moment, I need to get one! x

  12. May 22, 2014 / 7:01 pm

    Sounds like she did great! It makes me feel better that other people have left it until a bit later too. Our son is nearly 6 and we really need to make a start soon but he has never really been that interested.

  13. May 22, 2014 / 7:11 pm

    It is such a credit to you that she was confident enough to give it a go and t looks like she took to it very easily and quickly. Definitely need to master the brakes though!! We have our little one on a balance bike in the hopes that he will find the transition to pedals easy so fingers crossed!

  14. May 22, 2014 / 8:12 pm

    Well done Roo!

    I can’t remember how old i was, but I remember being the last girl in my class to master riding a bike and even then it was a friend’s mum who actually taught me as she felt sorry for me that my parents hadn’t bothered to teach me how. Funny what you remember isn’t it?

  15. May 22, 2014 / 8:55 pm

    You and I are often experiencing the same hurdles at the same time, only at the weekend was I talking of the twins learning to ride a bike!
    A very helpful post with lots of suggestions

  16. May 22, 2014 / 10:09 pm

    Aww well done to her.

    My oldest was 10, my next son was 9, third son I think was 4 and my 5 year old has just had his stabilisers off. Great post and thank you as we are at that stage now too.

  17. Paul Wilson
    May 22, 2014 / 11:24 pm

    Excellent. Well done! I remember learning to ride a bike like it was only yesterday.

  18. May 23, 2014 / 8:52 am

    It’s such a great achievement learning to ride a bike! Well done Roo!

  19. May 23, 2014 / 9:46 am

    I’m just about to spend the Summer teaching Blake to ride his bike (he’s 5 now). It took us 3 Summers to get Brodie feeling positive about cycling – he was very dramatic and cried and wailed every time we made him try. So he was 7 before he confidently rode his bike by himself. I’m determined not to have such a drawn out process with his little brother.

  20. May 23, 2014 / 10:36 am

    That is so awesome, we plan on teaching Aly to ride her bike this Summer. Very well done

  21. Samantha R
    May 23, 2014 / 10:40 am

    I remember learning to ride, so scary! my 7 year old really needs to learn

  22. May 24, 2014 / 12:45 pm

    Well done Boo! I know exactly how you feel because my #loudnproud and #countrykids post this week is my twins learning to ride! Amazing how quickly they pick it up isn’t it!

  23. Evelyn Moffat
    May 24, 2014 / 1:42 pm

    Way to go Roo :O) xx

  24. May 24, 2014 / 8:38 pm

    My eldest was late to learn to ride a bike too. She has just done her bikeability at school and loves that she can ride freely now. She is 9!

    I am determined to get the little one riding earlier x great to know we are not alone!

  25. May 25, 2014 / 7:26 am

    She is so clever. It’s on my summer to do list now, although Emmy has other ideas

  26. Alison Turnnidge
    May 25, 2014 / 11:32 am

    Brilliant, well done Roo

  27. brenda heads
    May 26, 2014 / 6:52 pm

    I remember my son James learnt to ride a bike when his older cousin came down and ran back and forth holding onto the back of the bike until he got the hang of it. James taught his brother to ride the bike a couple of years later. He shouted get on and see if you can catch me and away they went.

  28. May 26, 2014 / 7:30 pm

    Well done Roo :0)

    I can remember learning to ride my bike for the first time. My dad running on behind holding onto the saddle. I’m hoping this is something we will be able to teach our son but I know he isn’t ready yet.

  29. May 30, 2014 / 8:56 pm

    Well Done Roo xxx
    I can remember my dad running along holding the back and just letting go, it took me a few minutes to realise and promptly fell off!!
    The older children learnt to ride in the quiet cul de sac we lived, but now we are on the main road, so we bundle all of their bikes into the van and drive down to the Roman Fort, where they all ride and get quite competitive, who can go the fastest!

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