As easy as riding a…

19 Jun

Jade got a big present today.  It was waiting for her at the top of the stairs when she came up from her nap.  There it was, in all its gaudy, sparkling glory, a vision of pukey pink perfection, complete with handlebar tassels: her very first big-girl bike.

The new bike immediately had to be tried out, of course.

And we discovered that the bike is still just an inch or two too big for her.  Michael had removed the pedals and training wheels so that Jade could learn to use it as a push-bike first, a great way for kids to learn how to balance on a bike.  But her toes just barely hit the ground when the seat was all the way down, so she couldn’t really get it going.

“Too hard!” she whined.

So the pedals and training wheels went back on and she tried again.  She couldn’t get it started on her own, so I gave her a shove and off she went.

For one pedal, anyway.

She did eventually gain a little momentum, which is when I realized her knees were coming up practically to her armpits when the pedals would come up.  No wonder she couldn’t get any power. I stopped her, got her to hop off, adjusted the bike seat, let her on again.  We went around the block and I adjusted the seat up three more times, at which point she could pedal decently, but now of course she can’t touch her feet to the ground.

And goodness, I never realized just how much you have to learn in order to ride a bike.  Keep your head up!  Look where you’re going not at your feet!  Don’t get distracted by the tassels.  Push the pedals forward, pushing them back brakes the bike.  Braking means stopping.  Push the pedals one at a time.  But keep both  feet on the pedals.  Keep your head up!  Come over here to the side of the road!

And so on.

So Jade might not quite be big enough for the big-girl bike just yet.  But I can see her trying.  She’s going for it.  And I bet that when she does get it, I’ll feel like it’s all too soon.

5 Responses to “As easy as riding a…”

  1. Jenny June 20, 2009 at 2:47 am #

    I taught Isaiah by making him go downhill without his feet on the peddals until he got his balance. (just a little hill)
    We just got a little cart for the back of my bike for Naomi to ride in. Naomi is sooooo long legged it’s hard to find a bike for her. She doesn’t get it anyway, unless you strap her feet to the peddals.

  2. Tammy June 20, 2009 at 9:46 am #

    I admit, bike riding is one thing I HATE teaching. Girl Terror was painful to teach. Boy Terror was so…..impossible, that I solved it by taking his bike to the babysitter’s house, and leaving it there for a week. I have no idea what she did, but it worked. Good luck. If you feel the need to toss the bleeping bike over a cliff, I’ll understand.

  3. MommyTime June 20, 2009 at 12:22 pm #

    There is a lot to learn, isn’t there? But it’s so much fun to see it all happen. We got knee and elbow pads. They came with the helmet, which I think was so that a child could also use the gear on a scooter or roller skates — but it turns out they are extremely handy for learning to ride without training wheels too! Have fun.

  4. ericth June 21, 2009 at 6:36 pm #

    Good idea with taking the pedals off. Christina lent us a bike (Kettler is the brand) specially made low to the ground and without pedals for Elias to ride, as we are having the same problems with the bike with training wheels being too high. The no pedal low bike helps them to learn the balance thing, and it’s not dangerous like that big pedal bike is. Here’s a link to what it looks like – I just did a quick google search and this was the first store that came up; I think it’s in the US.
    Michael saw it when he was over the other day.

  5. ericth June 21, 2009 at 6:37 pm #

    Oh, and that comment by ericth was actually made by Asheya. We were apparently logged in as him, which I didn’t know.

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