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.
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.
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.