Just a quick one to update on Ben’s progress today!
My Googling session yesterday unearthed this article: http://www.ibike.org/education/teaching-kids.htm which, after a quick glance over, seemed to be full of sensible ideas so I sent it on to Dave.
The main focus of the article is that you should break down riding a bike into its component skills of balance, pedalling, steering and braking – rather than expecting them all to be mastered at once – makes perfect sense really when you think about it!
Based on yesterday’s experiences we knew that Ben still needed to work on his balance so this afternoon the boys set off to a small slope not far from home. The idea being that you encourage them to coast down the slope with their feet either side (rather than on the pedals) to develop their ability to ride upright and in a straight line!
The smile on Ben’s face when they got home said it all. He had successfully coasted down a slope approximately 50ft long with Daddy running backwards in front of him just in case! Dave said he’d actually got quite a pace up and that his best attempt was in fact when he was resting his feet on his pedals (having his legs to either side made it easier for him to put his feet down and stop rather than trying to correct himself). They had one small incident involving Ben veering into a prickly bush which knocked him off his stride a bit so they decided to call it a day at that point.
On the way home Ben asked if he could ride his bike a bit and Dave said he was able to ride his bike down the road with Dave just holding his fingers under the seat and didn’t need to be corrected once! Perhaps he’s going to crack this quicker than we thought!
Dave says his next step is to go back to the slope and continue to work on balance but with added braking at the end!
(Apologies that this post is photo-poor. Understandably Dave didn’t quite manage to get any photos / video today being as how he was too busy running backwards down the hill!)