|The Y Bike we got from Amazon.com|
The bear has gone back and forth on his interest and ability to ride a bicycle, ranging from the indifferent to the "super interested, but I don't know how."
|The EZyRoller turns heads on the playground.|
After that we were mostly ezy-rolling, and even when I suggested trying to learn on the bike, he'd say no.
|The bear on his cool wheels.|
I had to push him a little (both in a physical sense and an emotional sense.) He asked to take the bike out, and we went, but after he fell and said he couldn't do it, I pushed him to say that he could, and that if he wanted to go home he could to, but I thought he was really close. He toughed it out, and he got back on the bike, and he can do it!
We did it 2 days in a row, and he's nearly good to go. He still has to practice starting on his own, and stopping, but as you can see from the video below he can even do it in traffic.
Here's the video of him riding. He does a great job riding in circles and even avoiding hitting other kids. I really think he's got it, and although I'm sure we'll have some falling and some more "I can't do this" jags, I hope that this summer we'll be on the Chicago Bike trail!
Here's hoping anyway!
Please feel free to share your bike teaching experiences in the comments below.