Our Girl is eight-and-a-half, probably on the older side for a kid getting her first bicycle. We've thought about it before but we live on a dirt road at the bottom of a fairly steep hill - not exactly ideal for a beginning cyclist. However, summer plans are already in the works and bike riding with cousins is a strong possibility. As such, getting her off of training wheels is a worthy goal.
We went to Earl's Cyclery & Fitness on Saturday morning, not necessarily planning to buy - just a preliminary exploration. Wouldn't you know, the store was having a sale this weekend so we took the plunge. Here's Our Girl's sweet new ride:
Yesterday was bright, sunny and unseasonably warm - a perfect day to go for a spin. We found a public tennis court that suited our needs just fine. It's an odd thing teaching a kid to ride a bike. I found it nearly impossible not to pump my legs in sympathy as I watched her work the pedals. She overcame initial frustrations and I did my best to stay out of the way, only stepping in when she asked. She more or less had the hang of it by the time we left, though I think it may be a little while before she's willing to try without the training wheels. No rush. She'll be ready when she's ready. It was a very successful first day.
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