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Proud Dad Sounds Off(12 posts)

Proud Dad Sounds OffScot_Gore
Aug 11, 2003 12:35 PM
My daughter is 7 and has been unable to ride her two wheeler with much confidence. She would go about 10 yards and before getting herself to clumsy stop or falling over. A few bumpy spills made her even more nervous and reluctant. It's been hard all summer to get her interested in mastering bike riding. Her daycare had Bike Day on July 16th. The night before she wanted to skip the day because she couldn't ride. I asked her if she wanted to go out and give it another try right now, she said OK. We went up to a big church parking lot and she kept at it. By the time we left she was riding.

We'll, that was only 2 and half weeks ago. Yesterday we go out to a popular MUT and she does 22 miles all by herself.

Dad's impressed.

well, you should be. have fun. nmbill
Aug 11, 2003 12:52 PM
Impressive indeed.JL
Aug 11, 2003 1:03 PM
22 miles on 7 year old legs is a bunch.

My 6 year old hasn't been able to ride as much this summer due to various factors. She's been off the training wheels since last summer and needed help starting more than anything else. Long, story short, we move about 2 weeks ago to our new house, with a flat cul-de-sac and she's light years ahead of where she was. Rides standing or sitting and stops/starts without a hitch now. Asks to go for rides with Mom around the new neighborhood, which can create a 3 mile loop and isn't flat for a 6 year old. Rides circles around her friends, who still have training wheels. Not a competition with them, but it makes me proud shes progressed so far and loves to ride every day she if she can.

Now if I could get my 2yo to try his tricycle more. But that's another issue.

Happy riding.

That's awesome!! (nm)CHRoadie
Aug 11, 2003 1:12 PM
That's good for even a beginner adult!PseuZQ
Aug 11, 2003 1:41 PM
Dang! Must be the genes...
Average speed?Sao
Aug 11, 2003 1:47 PM
Because if it's over 15mph, I want that kid's autograph NOW!


That's very cool. Kids and bikes just go together. Adults too, for that matter. Well, the lucky ones anyway.
That's good for even a beginner adult!Scot_Gore
Aug 11, 2003 2:46 PM
No, not the genes (any of mine anyway)

Like many good cycling accessories, she was made in China.

re: Proud Dad Sounds Offajgibbons
Aug 11, 2003 1:51 PM
That's fantastic! By September she'll be ready to lead another 52 mile RBR ride. How long did the 22 miles take?
a long timeScot_Gore
Aug 11, 2003 2:16 PM
I didn't measure time on bike. Started at 11:00am. We went 10 miles to a lunch stop and ate for @90 minutes, rode a mile to the playground and played for and hour or so, rode the mile back to the trail and 10 miles back to the car, finished at 4:45. So almsot 5 hours.

She says to me on the way back, "Dad, my butt hurts", I said "yeah, mine too, it happens when you ride bikes".
Pretty good, but...mdehner
Aug 11, 2003 3:45 PM
what's her time in the three-mile TT? :-) Seriously, though, isn't it just a blast to ride with your kid(s)?
re: Proud Dad Sounds OffGeardaddy
Aug 11, 2003 9:10 PM
Congrats Scot. My eldest was a bit "bike shy" too. What worked best for her was having a little sister that was riding a bike better than she was. Ah! competition.
Excellent. So how'd she do in the Carmichael three miledjg
Aug 12, 2003 6:54 AM
interval tests?