Thanks to Francois and others we are kicking the training wheel habit!!!
Being thoroughly frustred with running along side my boy and holding his handle bars when he went down hills and across side slopes and he still fell sometimes I got desparate/frustrated/smart
Yesterday when my wife was in a great mood it happened. We were at Wally World and I saw some scooters. I was able to convince her that the kids would not reject their bicycles if I got them scooters and she reluctantly agreed I wasn't sure if my 4 year old son would want to ride the two wheels scooter and yes Francois I did not get him the 3wheeled sooter, LOL
We get to the park and my 8 year old daughter is stoked with her scooter (she had one before and we left it in the park) and helped show my son how to use his (he had one before and it was a 3 wheeled one and he did not like it, because it was slow). To my delight he REALLY liked it and he was balancing right away and he even fell into a cinder block wall and scaped himself a little and got back on. What was sooo cool was that he was balancing. And if he got off balance he would jump off. I was ESTATIC!!!
By the time we left he was able to push himself along and then coast with one foot on the scooter and the other in the air for several feet!!!
These scooters will also be GREAT for the neighborhood!!!
His 16inch Hotrock is too big to be a balance bike, with the seat down he is on his tippy toes. So, I need to get him a balance bike or buy a 12 inch bike and take the pedals or crank off.
However, I am thinking he is nervous about bikes and I think it would be better to let him ride the heck out of scooters and get comfortable on them before giving him a balance bike, right?
When I do introduce a balance bike I am thinking of taking it up a slight grassy hill and actually riding it myself down the hill. That will drive him crazy with envy and him and his sister will fight over wanting to ride it next, I think.....
Or I could just coast it down the sidewalk hills in the park that he is riding his scooter. It would be the same concept and I think after he gets it down with the scooter, riding two wheel bikes should come easy?
In the meantime I will not let him ride his hotrock with the training wheels. It should not be a problem, because he is not really crazy to ride it anyway. And his sister will be happy to ride her scooter around the park and neighborhood as well. I take his sister on mountain bike rides solo with me and she enjoys that.
I'm not sure when I will get my son pedalling on a two wheeled bike, but I don't care, because he will not use training wheels anymore!!!
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