Thursday, December 8, 2011

Life Lessons: Teaching how to ride a bike

We watched movie yesterday about people biking down the continental divide from Banff Canada to Mexico. It is an amazing journey that few have tried and even fewer actually finish. Will have to remember to post about it later (if I remember LOL).

Boo, my oldest,  is always inspired by these kind of things and this movie was no exception. I was inundated with questions on if she could do it, how hard is it fix a bike and finally the one I didn't want to hear in December. Can you teach me to ride my bike?

Rewind to our old home. We didn't have a paved driveway. We had one filled with rocks and ruts. So when they tried to ride,  honestly it was just easier with training wheels. We tried once or twice maybe.

Fast Forward to our new home. We now live in a nice development with wide sidewalks and a paved driveway and cul-de-sac's. So I took her out and tried to help her learn. After watching her carefully I realized what her issue was and once I talked with her about it and kept yelling "Keep peddling" "Tell your brain you can" and "Keep your body straight" it was like she just took off.

I took her to a cul-de-sac and decided to video tape her for all to see. She was doing so good going around and around. When I finally got the video tape going she decided apparently to give us a surprise ending :). Enjoy watching it!

So have you ever tried to teach your kids how to ride a bike? How did they do? Any funny stories?


PS. My youngest, Loo, told me she thought I could do the Great Divide trail. Glad she believes in me but don't see that as a journey I would ever want to do!


  1. Very cute! Good job, Alyssa! Like the surprise ending. ;) . . . My sis met a couple doing the Great Divide bike thing this summer in Banff. Wonder if it's the same couple? Fascinating story!

  2. I love it when they have complete faith in us :) We haven't tried a bike with peddles yet, but my son has a strider, it has no peddles and no training wheels, so it teaches them to balance right off.

  3. My son has training wheels, and he is such a creature of habit, I wonder if he'll ever even want to take them off.