Learning to ride a bike

May 22, 2014

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 or the local bike accessories shop to repair the bike.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 learned to ride a bike. I can’t remember how old I was but I was probably around Roo’s age, it was summer and I was staying at my Granny’s house. Opposite my grandparent’s house is a small village school that 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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