For this week’s Living Arrows I had a totally different photo planned…and then on Sunday evening N’s uncle popped over, we headed outside and I suggested we help N learn to ride his bike.

In the past he’s quite happily ‘ridden the bike as a balance bike, still with the pedals on.  After seeing a ‘learn to ride a bike’ video, I thought I’d follow that method which was to remove the pedals and balance bike it (no point because he could already do that), then add one pedal before adding the second.  But in the end we didn’t bother.  He’s tried a couple of times – I’ve been telling him his balance bike is too small, but he’s always panicked having to use pedals.  Even though he’s happy using them on other vehicles.

But yesterday there were no negative thoughts.

His helmet was retrieved from under my bed (?) – no idea why it had been there.  I had the camera ready to record the moment, and there was a final pep talk from his uncle telling him, he had to hold the handlebars steady, face the direction he was travelling in, and then just to pedal like mad.

learning to ride his bike

Luckily the grass was still dry, and we found a slight slope going from our garden, down to Granny’s garden and round the back of their house.  Perfect for learning to ride a bike.

A quick hold behind the saddle from his uncle to get his momentum starting, then steady on his back and then he was off.  First attempt and he cycled.  And then wanted to do it again.

bike riding complete

Going uphill back again was a bit of a struggle (might have to do with needing to pump the tyres up properly too), so we walked the bike back up and he cycled down the gardens again and again.  Granny had spotted us out of her kitchen window so she popped her head out as well to see how he was doing.

I think he would have gone all evening given the chance.

It was such an exciting moment for me to see, although N seemed to take it in his stride.  His next aim is to teach his 6 year old cousin to ride his too – he’s never wanted to ride his bike, but maybe this will give him some encouragement to see what he’s missing out on.

living arrows pic  Mummy Alarm 3 Children and It


  1. Stacey Guilliatt

    Oh bless, that’s wonderful! My 3yo is still on his balance bike at the moment, he’s a bit wary of pedals at the minute! #magicmoments

  2. oh wow Emma thats amazing that N just did it! .. what an achievement (not sure if you know the video has been removed?)
    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x

  3. Aww bless him! Such a big milestone for him and a proud parent moment.Thanks for joining the Parenting Pin-It Party .

  4. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)

    What an amazing moment captured! That will be a memory that’s so lovely to look back on. We’re still on stabilisers here but I’m sure it won’t be long now that the good weather is coming and we’re out in the garden more. Thanks so much for linking this up at #sharethejoy x

    • That’s the annoying thing with British weather, that you really need good weather, and soft grass landing that’s not a bog, to learn on.
      Thanks for stopping by Michelle

  5. Oh, how lovely. I remember being so proud when our boys rode their bikes properly for the first time. And once they’d cracked it there really was no stopping them … 🙂

  6. Suzanne3childrenandit

    Wow, that’s fantastic! He looks very young to be riding a bike 🙂 I wonder who was more proud – you or him?! Thanks for linking up to #loudnproud.

  7. I have trouble will uphill too, though I’m getting better 😉 I expect N will master them more quickly than me, and no doubt have more energy for them too! It’s such a great achievement to master riding a bike which I hope will bring him many many years of happiness and riding around x #sharethejoy

    • Yep, uphill’s a killer, especially for little legs. I guess it means I need to get a new bike because mine’s destroyed in a barn somewhere.

  8. That is amazing, what an achievement! He must have been so proud of himself and I’m sure there will be no stopping him now. We are at an awkward stage with Lucas because he never took to a balance bike so hard to make that leap up, one for the summer I think. Lovely photos of a precious memory!

    • It was a magical moment. We’ve just got to master uphills which are too much like hard work, and braking – not sure this bike’s brake is that good).

      I know others who weren’t keen on balance bike – try taking the pedals off a normal bike – Katy Hill did a video for netmums I’ve just spotted when looking up the vid I saw previously) that explains all the tips. Maybe watch some videos with him? I know our 6yo cousin doesn’t the balance bike either, and he’s not keen on his own bike. I’m hoping he’ll now be keener so he and N can ride around together.

  9. Oh wow what a milestone, clever boy! I’m sure I didn’t learn to ride a bike until I was about 11, I had vivid memories of my dad pushing my round the garden and pretending to hold on!

    • It’s funny how those memories stick. I didn’t learn until I was 7, when we moved house and I realised that all the other children on the estate could

  10. Merlinda Little ( @pixiedusk)

    We have been using my son’s bike as a balance bike. We need to put one pedal then and the next? I need to see the video. We are learning how to bike as well and theres one point where my son did it and his dad shouted with joy and then my son heard the shout so he stopped and they never got back it on again.

    This is inspiring for me and will show it to my son after school so that he can see how fun it is to bike! #livingarrows

  11. Oh yay!! Well done! What a great achievement! I didn’t learn to ride a bike until I was a teenager so this always seems like such a huge thing to me. The world is now his oyster – off he goes! x

  12. We got my son one of these balancing bikes for Xmas. He loves it! Hopefully he’ll learn how to ride it without putting his feet down soon!

    • They are brilliant. It won’t be long before he’s zooming around and you’ll be worried he’s going too fast!

  13. Woohoo! Well done N, that’s a wonderful milestone to have reached – and a great photo too!

    • Thanks. He is so pleased with himself, although he still hasn’t been able to show Daddy yet.

    • It was. So lovely to watch him do it, and with a big grin on his face. You get to see it 3 times with yours!

  14. oh wow without stabilisers and everything, a huge well done, that’s a big milestone and he looks really good at it too 🙂

    • It’s funny how only a few weeks ago, he was saying ‘I can’t’ and didn’t try. Like a different boy.

      We don’t do stabilisers though, I take after my mum and hate them, so I’m really pleased he took to the pedals easily enough. Although I couldn’t stop him while he was at nursery – where he’s been hogging the bike with stabilisers. Today though, he didn’t want to go on it – maybe he thinks he’s too big for it now!

    • Thanks Jocelyn. I’m so excited by it, and he just loves it. Shame it was raining this evening so can’t really go out and practice more

  15. Coombemill

    Way to go N! Such a great achievement and it really encourages them to stay out and enjoy the outdoors. Mine still cycle all round the farm and annoyingly dump their bikes in the hedge when they get distracted with something else! #MagicMoments

    • I think he’ll be just like yours – I think it runs in the family with farmers leaving things around – I spot jumpers, mugs, hats etc, all left on hedges, fences etc.

      It’s funny because N loves his bike, as do the older cousins, but the 6yo just isn’t bothered. N will love riding round following the older ones.

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