As I’ve mentioned before, N loves riding his bike. He flits between the 2 pedal bikes on the farm, and his balance bike, but he decided at the weekend that he wanted to go on a bike ride.
I’m all for improving his stamina and hill riding, so we can build up to him having a bike with gears in a few years, so we can then go on decent distances bike rides. But I was a little worried about being out on the road with both of us cycling. To try and keep him in at the side (and avoiding potholes) without veering out and into me, while leaving enough room for cars which come speeding down our road was going to be challenging.
Nevertheless, he put on his bike helmet, grabbed his bike and didn’t take no for an answer. We only had 45 minutes because I’d just put tea on, so I was worried we wouldn’t get back in time. It turned out that cycling a mile down the road with a 4 year old doesn’t take as long as expected.
I grabbed my bike out of the barn, and we were on our way. I don’t think I’ve ever ridden so slowly, with so much stopping and starting because ‘I need a rest’. Not that he really did, mostly he just stopped, caused me to stop and then rode off again.
It was a lovely day to be out on our bikes, and he did a really good job. We headed down to my sister-in-law’s house which did mean we had an end in sight. Luckily that road is quite flat until just before the farm, so he didn’t struggle with too fast pedals or a too hard hill.
N was so pleased when we turned into their yard. He cycled straight up to the house, ignoring the dogs that came to meet us, and going off to find his cousin to play with.
Soon after, it was time to cycle home again. N was great. There was no moaning, he just got on with the cycling and he didn’t even moan about the slight hill on the way home. He just got on with it, and didn’t even stop at the top for a breather. It was probably just under 2 miles, but he stayed calmed and safe when cars were driving past, and did what I asked when he needed to.
I loved being out on my bike too, although I need to rethink summer biking shoes because my bulky trainers were just too hot and chunky. The next task is to get the car a bike rack for my bike, and then to get out to a forest trail somewhere near.
Since then, we’ve been on 2 more bike rides. It seems that N wants every Sunday to be bike ride day.
Are you cycling fans? Where do you cycle?
I’m linking this post up with Magic Moments over at The Olivers Madhouse