My youngest child, my only daughter, will be six this year. (My baby just graduated from KINDERGARTEN. HOLD ME.) She rides a bike with training wheels and the majority of the time, the wheels don't hit the ground. She's almost ready to be set free to ride.
My middle child, who will be eight in two months (WHAT?!?) has been riding a bike since shortly after he learned to walk. Dude was popping wheelies when he was three. THREE. He's a natural athlete, just like his Dad, and can ride a bike, throw a baseball/football/Frisbee, kick a soccer ball, do pretty much everything LIKE A BOSS.
My oldest child, who turns ten this year (DOUBLE DIGITS)(2012 is my year of THE FREAK-OUT, apparently) learned to ride his bike ... a month ago. Seriously. He would rather build intricate LEGO creations, or write and illustrate stories, or wander our yard and imagine stories, than ride a bike. We tried to encourage him, we tried to bribe him, and then we just let it go. I own a bike that my husband bought me for Mother's Day (upon my request) three years ago and I've taken it out only a few times. I prefer to run or go to boot camp. My husband hasn't owned a bike since he was a kid (He's a basketball/weights/runner guy). Now that our 'baby' is almost ready to ride, I think we'll incorporate cycling into our family's routine.
Back to my oldest child. He's made strides in learning how to ride a bike. So much so, that HE CAN RIDE A BIKE. *Applause*
The timing was perfect, as our school district plans a bicycling
excursion for the fourth graders at the end of the year. They spend the
entire school day (SIX HOURS) cycling from the school, to trails that
run the perimeter of our small town. I signed up as a volunteer to bike
with the class because I wanted to support my son, and to give myself a
good workout as a bonus. It seemed like a brilliant idea at the time,
but spending SIX HOURS on a bicycle after not riding for THREE YEARS makes for a very sore
nether region backside.
We both came home completely exhausted, but exhilarated. HE DID IT. Now we just need to get my husband a bicycle and we can head out on the trails as a family.
How about you? Are you a family of bike riders? Or do you strive to be?
My kids all love to ride their bikes, my husband and I are not big bike riders though.
WE ride some. My 6 year old still needs to learn to ride with out training wheels, then it will be easier for her to keep up so we can go on rides together
I would love to be, but my son who just turned 7, is too scared to take off the training wheels.
We LOVE bikeriding! My hubby just got a NEW bike yesterday, because his other two are sooo old, and literally falling apart. We ride our bikes pretty mmuch everywhere. My hubby works to far away to bike to though. bike riding is a great family thing, and exercise!