My daughter turned 9 last August (2010), just before school started. We lived in a hilly development of a small town. I worked out of town during the week. Unfortunately she did not know how to ride her bike. For various reasons (excuses), I never got her interested and on her bike enough to get her riding solo. Worse still, after the 2010 RAGBRAI, she said that she wanted to ride RAGBRAI with me. So I know she wants to ride. As an incentive, I said she needed to be able to ride independently in order to go with me on that adventure.
Last fall we moved into a larger (and flatter) community. And this winter, I changed jobs to be home full time again. So, in the spring, we started again, in fits and starts. But she was interested in riding. And as it warmed up, I sometime rode to her school on my commuter bike with her trailer bike attached.
|Riding home from after-school in April|
Finally in early August... She's Got It! She was able to go 20... then 50... then 150... then 300 feet solo. Next up, starting on her own. She quickly picked that up.
|First solo ride!|
|Riding back home from the grocery store.|
|Enjoying a ride together|
On that first night riding three miles, Olivia told me that riding her bike was a real "joy!" - the wind in her hair, being able to move quickly. She certainly is "Loving The Bike." She rides it all over the neighborhood... even when she's just going to her friend's house - across the street!
Next up, a tandem bike (this one would be great!) and RAGBRAI. Ok, maybe not next up. But it's definitely on the list of things we want to do.