I taught my 3 year old to ride a two wheeler this past weekend. He had been zooming around on his run bike for some time and could balance going downhill for more than a block with ease so I figured he’d catch on quickly. To see his determination and excitement about riding a “two wheel pedal bike!” was such a thrill for me. After a couple of topples and figuring out the pedaling I let go of that saddle and lo and behold he kept going forward. It felt a bit surreal to see him off and riding and he laughed with delight that he was riding on his own.
The feeling of exhilaration and independence that comes from riding a bike is now his. When you ask people why they like riding a bike you often hear them mention that it makes them feel like a kid again. The speed, the feeling of flying, the freedom; watching a kid learn to ride a bike is a reminder that riding bikes is just plain fun. I can’t wait to share more bike adventures with my kids in the years to come.