Bike Riding

The girls have been wanting to ride bikes.  We have two bikes in the garage - one with training wheels and princesses on the side and the other was a purple bike.  It's rare that we go out bike riding and I've felt guilty that Julia hadn't learned how to ride her bike without the training wheels
and she's already seven.  Come to find out that the purple bike now fits her and Riley needed a new one.

Yesterday we went out to purchase a new bike for Riley and then promptly came home to ride bikes in the park across the street.  I had forgotten how hard it is to hold the back of the bike while running/walking and being slightly hunched over.  In a way, the fact that Julia is taller and not four years old means it was a lot easier to help her along.  She had a few seconds of biking alone without me holding on.  She was very determined and did a great job learning and listening.  If she felt me let go, she immediately stopped pedaling.  But soon learned how to focus on continuing to go without looking at her legs.  Riley enjoyed riding her bike through the parking lot and along the path.  She was very encouraging and would shout out "Great job Julia!"

This morning we chose to go out to try biking again.  We did about four laps up and down the path with some short distances of letting her go on her own.  On about the fifth time on the path, I let go and Julia just kept riding and riding.  Riley rode behind her yelling out encouragements and saying how proud she was of her.  Was so incredibly sweet.  Julia is a total champ!  She's got the bike riding down.  She told me that she wants to learn how to start herself off tomorrow morning so we'll work on that and she'll be all set to continue practicing on her own.  Such a cool day!


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