I’ve always been adamant that my children would ride bikes early as I was 7 before I was riding a two wheeled bike simply though lack of opportunity in an inner city as well as a stack.load of fear on my part. Well I now have a 4 and a 6 year old and neither can ride a two wheeler or are likely to anytime soon.
As with everything parenting-wise I’ve had to shift my perspective and paint a new picture. Logan is tall for his age and I was told last year that he was too tall for a balance bike. I was frustrated that I waited so long (at his whole 3.5 years) as I’d been adamant I didn’t want to go down the stabilisers route. C’est la vie….or so I thought. One year later and he’s pretty comfortable on his stabilised bike…but then we found Ped i Bal.
A balance bike for 4-12 year olds which graduates through to a two wheeler at their own speed.
Onto Bella, and at 6 she is not even ready to ride a regular bike with stabilisers. While she loves being on a bike and can pedal like crazy, she has no sense of direction or danger and it would be minutes before she crashes into a wall! We borrowed a special needs trike for a while and although I’d love to get her one of her own…where the heck we’d keep it I have no idea! (And yes this is ignoring the fact that they cost about £500!!)
She got to have another turn on a SN bike this weekend and she had a blast!
One day I hope she’ll have her own or, even better, be able to ride a normal bike (I wouldn’t even complain about stabilisers!!!)
Completely coincidentally I went on my first bike ride today in near enough 20 years! It was great fun and I’m really looking forward to getting out again soon.