My Son Wants to Learn to Ride a Bicycle!

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  • My Son Wants to Learn to Ride a Bicycle!
  • At long last! He’s 15 and after many years of me trying to get him to learn how to ride a bike and a few hissy fit attempts he announced last night he wants to learn to ride one, to say I’m stoked is an understatement. He only an inch short than me at 5″10 so he can learn on my On One SS. Can’t wait for father and son outings yippee.

    Now I need to find a quite place with nobody about for him to learn,with a gentle slop so he can freewheel to get his balance.

    atlaz
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    Good that he’s trying to learn despite his age. I know someone who as an adult has to find reasons why they don’t want to go for a little trundle down a tow path for lunch or a beer. They find it an occasionally massive point of stress but also don’t want to learn as it’s “too late”.

    TiRed
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    Can he ride a scooter? If so, he’ll be riding a bike in an hour’s worth of teaching – max.

    Just tell him to steer into the way the bike is falling.

    ski
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    Can’t wait for father and son outings yippee.

    Best feeling in the world, teaching someone to ride, then watch them fly past you on a climb 😉

    I taught my wife to ride at the age of 21, took a couple of half hour sessions, SS is also a good idea as there will be less things on the bars for them to worry about at first.

    Hope it goes well flippinheckler

    [edit] Thumbs up to your son too, for having a go.

    Premier Icon cheese@4p
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    Confuse him by trying to talk him out of it.

    Junkyard
    Member

    Glad you finally got there with him and enjoy
    teach him on a black route with spd’d it seems only fair and video it please 🙂

    PMK2060
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    Good on him! I was 32 when i learnt to side a bike (3 years ago). The fact that my son was getting to an age where he would want to learn pushed me to do it.

    At 15 he will want to learn where there is no chance of someone he knows seeing him. I was very self conscious about people seeing me and as a teenager he will be every more self conscious than i was.

    I learnt with http://www.pedallingforpleasure.co.uk who were great and was commuting to work within a couple of weeks.

    Gary_M
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    Should you not have taught him to ride when he was a little kid? He’s missed out on all the fun young kids have during summer cycling.

    timnwild
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    My daughter cracked it the other week, after lots of falls and tears and wanting to quit (she’s 6, so it comes with the territory) but what a moment – pushing off, turning, cruising and stopping all by herself. Shed a few Dad tears – awesome day.

    Good luck

    taxi25
    Member

    Should you not have taught him to ride when he was a little kid? He’s missed out on all the fun young kids have during summer cycling.

    Amazing as it seems some kids just aren’t interested in bikes or riding. You try to push them and they’ll hate it even more ! the op has it right, always keep the option open for them, but let them decide when it’s time to learn.

    Should you not have taught him to ride when he was a little kid? He’s missed out on all the fun young kids have during summer cycling

    I did try but the tantrums became to much as did the strange looks from neighbours even going to a quite location did not work and the numerous trips to centre parcs, still no joy so I bit the bullet and played the waiting game.

    He has the build to become a Classic specialist 😆

    Premier Icon Scapegoat
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    Brilliant. It’s a dad and son bonding thing in our household. Favourite moment so far was hitting the wall on really cold wet and miserable day at Dalby. I had absolutely had it, (it turned out I was brewing a virus) We bailed out of the red at the visitor centre, and were making our way, into the wind and rain up the fire road towards Dixons where we had parked. I was on the absolute brink of abject misery and was suffering about as much inner torment as possible, not to mention cramp, when my lad decided now was a good time to practice his skills, so spent the rest of the climb on his back wheel. 🙄

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