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I just taught my daughter to ride a bike.

she and I are very happy. she was wobbling her away around the park like she never wanted to stop.
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July 8th, 2007 8:21am
I remember when I learned.  The poor tree in the front yard that I kept riding into was finally able to recover. :-)

Being able to ride really opened up my exploration horizons -- I could go places that were further away than ever before.  I would ride to the drugstore that was about 3 miles away & load up on candy (pop-rocks and marathon bars) with my allowance.
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July 8th, 2007 8:43am
she actually got it without falling over even once. we just went round and round the park with me jogging alongside, holding her neck lightly from behind to steady her. now and again I'd see she was ok, and let go abit, she'd get scared and stop. So then I bribed her with chocolate to make two complete circuits without stopping, and promised I'd not let go. By the time she did the second circuit, she didn't need me much anyhow.

then we practised starting off down a little hill, I showed her how to release the brake, while staying up with one foot and pushing the first pedal down, to get some momentum and get going. It took about 10 goes, and she was off. yowser!

i guess it's all about breaking it into little steps, practicing them individually, and then putting it together.
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July 8th, 2007 8:48am
Depends on the kid.  My older son begged to get his training wheels off when he was only a couple of months past his 4th birthday.  He got on the bike, we gave him a push, and off he rode.  Nobody held him up, he just did it.  It did take him a bit of practice to actually be able to start off himself without someone to push him.

Younger son waited until he was seven and his feet could firmly reach the ground.  He'd pedal a few feet, put down his feet, stop.  Repeat.
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