Yes,yes..finally my son has learnt to ride a bicycle. It has been a year since we bought him his bicycle, and only now he got to really enjoy it. He said, he now loves his bicycle more than ever. Apparently he’s not a kinesthetic learner, and there had been moments of frustration on his part and ours too. While it has been very easy teaching Summer, Derick took his time,and that took so much of our patience and time.
*Derick and Summer have helmets but on this particular day, they decided not to wear them.
What were the tricks we did before he finally were able to put both feet on the pedals?
- First, we made sure the bike is the right height and size, and that he’s wearing protective gear for safety.
- Then we tried what we did with Summer, which was – hold the handle bar firmly forward, give it a push, put your feet on the pedals and start pedalling. It didn’t work with him! He couldn’t control the handle bar and couldn’t keep his balance.
- So we took the pedals out, and let him glide with it similar to pedal-less bicycles for toddlers. Doing this develops a sense of balance and builds muscle memory. This stage took most part of the days that he tried learning to ride his bicycle. There were weeks even months that he refused to ride his bicycle because of frustration.
- At long last, during the summer break, we gave it another go after a long hiatus. We decided to put back the pedals since he could already balance. With sheer determination and lots and lots of encouragement that he could do it, he finally found his rythym on the second day of practice. And since then he’s been enjoying it.
Hurray! Now, the bicycle is one of his treasured possesions.