My husband and I always knew that teaching our son how to ride a bike would be a priority, and an early one. I have wonderful childhood memories of riding a bike in my neighborhood with the other kids who lived nearby. It was back in the 80’s and we lived in a pretty safe area, so it was fairly common for me and my siblings to be out on our bikes on a random afternoon, meeting up with the other kids, and just ride for hours. We want our son to have those kind of memories with his friends.
So with that in mind, we did some research and heard great things about balance bikes – little toddler bikes with no pedals, and no training wheels. They are supposed to make the transition into a “normal” bike (with no training wheels) much easier. And we got one for Max when he turned 2, which he loved and used a lot, while learning how to keep his balance on a bike, or so we hoped. Well, we put that concept to the test when Schwinn sent an Aerostar bike for Max – he couldn’t have been more excited to finally try out a “Big Boy” bike.
Luckily we live just a block away from his future school, which has a running track – perfect place to practice safely. So on a Saturday morning we set off to try out the Big Boy bike and teach Max how to ride his new bike. And I have to say we were pretty impressed – it was so easy for him to grasp the concept of pedaling to keep moving forward, and keeping his balance was not much of an issue. Coming to a full stop without falling was a bit harder to grasp, so we had a couple of minor falls, but that was to be expected. In all honesty, I expected him to fall down a lot more on that first try!
At first we helped him get on the bike by stepping on the sidewalk and then holding the bike for a bit before letting go. We just needed to do that a few times and he got the idea, and built his confidence. I would say that is the biggest hurdle to overcome when teaching your child how to ride his bike: building their confidence and losing the fear of falling. Once he got over that, it was smooth sailing – I mean, riding. It wasn’t long before we had to race down the track chasing him – he was going fast!
We are so grateful to Schwinn for sending us the Aerostar – it is a great bike, and it was perfect for teaching our son how to ride.
I am professional photographer living in Annapolis with my husband Daniel, my son Max and our golden retriever Lucy. As a family, we enjoy spending time outdoors, going to the beach, camping, riding our bikes on trails, and just having fun together. Our son has been riding a training bike and we think he’s at the right age to transition to a “big boy” bike, so he’s trying out the Schwinn Aerostar bike.
We are also moving soon to Florida, so we will spend sometime exploring our new hometown on our bikes. And of course, I’ll bring my camera along to document our adventures!