On learning something new

learning to ride a bike

This was our project yesterday.


Problem is, he’s very attached to this bike, the balance bike that was supposed to make the transition to big-boy bike painless and training-wheel-free. (I know it’s worked for many others.) So far, it hasn’t worked for us.

too big for this bike

Just getting CJ to try his new big-boy bike (yes, it’s a hand-me-down from his sisters) took a lot of creative effort on the part of the other kids. Here was one attempt by Albus: look, how fast you’ll be able to go!


CJ’s response. But we coaxed him on. He’s now working the pedals, but isn’t keen on us letting go. It’s a slow process.


And he loves this old balance bike … Gotta admit, it looks pretty cool.

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  1. Susan Fish

    Do you know anyone who has a Trail-A-Bike? I’m trying to remember who we sold ours to? It attaches a child’s bike to an adult’s bike and they get to bike with the wobbles but without the real risk of falling. We did that rather than use training wheels. It worked really effectively. We did sell it to someone in the neighbourhood…

    • Carrie Snyder

      A friend just offered to let us try hers, but I don’t know anyone who has one for sale. Guess I could put the word out. That would be another option for getting us around town.

  2. Susan Fish

    Just borrow it. It will only take a few weeks. It is a good way to get around town, though, too.

  3. Marnie

    It’s true! That’s how we made the transition from balance bike to wheels.


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