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He Did It! Logan Rode Without Training Wheels

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Logan has been quite wary about riding his bike without training wheels. Every time we brought it up to him, he would get nervous and say he didn’t want to. He was incredibly worried about falling. Dave started working with him a bit by raising up the training wheels. He even got him to ride a bit in the grass with the training wheels not touching the ground. But they had become a security blanket.

The other day Kora, Logan, and I were talking about him riding his bike. I mentioned how fast Kora is and asked him if he would like to go that fast. He kind of shrugged and said, “I don’t know.” Then I mentioned that all of his cousins can ride their bikes without training wheels. He perked up a bit so I jumped on it and added, “Why don’t we give it a try today and maybe you can surprise Daddy when he gets home?”

He loved the idea and we immediately went outside to get his bike before he changed his mind. In true Logan fashion, he insisted on taking the training wheels off himself.

Taking Training Wheels OffOff we went. I walked beside him and held him up as he rode around the baseball diamond at the local park.It was a bit too tight of a space though and he had to turn a lot, which was tricky. So we headed out to the tennis court which was a bigger space. He did well and was able to go a lot faster but still did a lot of turning which he was shaky at.

Then he decided he wanted to try the sidewalks. I was a bit nervous in case he fell but wanted to encourage him and his decision. It was a great idea because the straight-aways were much longer and he was able to work on balance for longer periods. We went around a few times and then all of a sudden it clicked. With Kora wildly cheering in the background yelling, “Go Logan! Good job Logan!” I let go and he was ridding away with no help. It was awesome!

After a few more times around the park he had it down enough that I was able to take a video. It’s shaky and you can hear me huffing and puffing as I run alongside but it’s super cute and I’m thrilled to have been able to capture the moment.

Isn’t that adorable? You can even hear him say, “I didn’t even fall down once!” Of course that didn’t stay true. Right at the very end a neighbor boy had come over to the park and distracted us both just enough that Logan teetered over and tipped into a fence lining the baseball diamond. He scratched his hand a tiny bit and I could see the tears brewing but he held them back excited to show his friend how well he could ride.

This was so much fun and I can’t wait to get him back out there right away so he can master tight turns. It will be so strange to have both kids riding their bikes but it will be wonderful for them to ride together too. This will be forever one of my favorite memories and I know I will treasure this afternoon for many, many years to come.

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  1. What an amazing moment! I am so happy for Logan. Great job!! It is a big step for kids to let go of the training wheels and he did awesome! I think it is great that he was the one who took them off his self. Keep up the great work!

  2. Way to go Logan!! What a great accomplishment!

  3. That is great!!! What a moment…my oldest Girlie wanted so badly to loose her trainers this summer but wasn’t ready just yet. We told her if the weather holds she may do it before the Halloween. Suh a great memory. Thank you for sharing it :)

  4. Yey Logan! I remember this moment with both of my kids and it is one to treasure. Now my boy is about to get his driver’s license! It all goes by too fast. Thanks for sharing!

  5. My older daughter learned the summer she was 8. We’d taken the pedals off the bike and she more or less taught herself. I’m sure she know how sooner than that, but was nervous, probably like Logan, that she would fall. While, Sarah was learning, my former neighbor had come across a 20″ bike while she was out garage-saling or thrift-saling, that she sold to us. Sarah was big enough for that size bike, so when she learned how, she went right to the bigger bike. Her 6yo sister was riding by herself just 2 weeks later! So, in the course of a few weeks, we went from no one riding a bike to both of them riding a bike! Last summer, they went on a 30-mile bike-ride, just the two of them, to the next big community about 12 miles west. We have a really nice bike trail that goes out about 15-16 miles from here!

  6. Way to go Logan! This is our project today. My son just turned 10 and refused to try his bike for a long time. We did not push him because he is an Aspie. Now he is interested and he got a new bike for his birthday yesterday. So lesson one is later today.

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