As many of you know Monkey takes his time with everything and learning to pedal was a prime example. Over last summer he reverted back to his scooter and as we’ve had to upgrade that, I was worried that Monkey would soon outgrow his bike without having said goodbye to the stabilisers. Over the Easter holidays I started going out with Monkey at every opportunity, getting him on his bike and pedaling to confidence. The lighter evenings and better weather really helped and we’re trying to keep that up during the week now he’s back at school.
We are very lucky to have lots of cycle paths where we live, so he can get around safely and on a decent flat surface quite easily.
His pedaling to confidence has gone from a quick loop around the block, to going out for a 45 minute to an hour cycle ride at a time. He’s really enjoying himself, and I’m having to jog along to keep up – not a pretty sight.
His confidence is growing, his pedaling faster, picking his routes and going further afield, and even off roading from time to time.
Getting Monkey on his bike in the week, after we’ve had our meal, is such a lovely way to spend time together. I watch him make decisions, building up speed, stopping to admire some daisies (he does love daisies, and dandelions, and buttercups!), stopping for a drink, or a snack.
Chatting away, before he gets back on the saddle again and sprints away.
My plan is keep Monkey pedaling to confidence over the next month or two and then look at taking his stabilisers off. If we can get him riding without them then I’m pretty sure we’ll need to look at getting him a bigger bike. He’ll be gutted to leave his Police bike behind though as he’s grown to love it so much.
Then I will need to get back on the saddle after more years than I care to remember. Watch out, this could be a bumpy ride! But hopefully plenty of fun adventures await us both.