Sunday, April 10, 2011

Success!


We have spent a good portion of the past few days over at Mom and Dad's neighbors' house working on the ol' bikeyos.

On the genius advice of a couple of readers (Love ya'll!) we removed the pedals and lowered the seat. With this method of awesomeness, they were able to work out the balance kinks without worrying about crashing. (Bonus: No holding on to the back of the seat and running along for Daddy!) Watch this to see how it works.

After a whole lot of bravery and leg-swinging and a botched dismount (or two)...

We had lift-off!

After just one evening without pedals, they both graduated.

With honors.




47 comments:

  1. Kids with wheels are awesome. Let the fun begin!

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  2. way to go, kiddos-super impressive!
    (and the video interview is too sweet!)

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  3. Wow! I'm going to have to try that...well, not me. Congrats, bikers!

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  4. upload it to you-tube and then imbed it into your blog (like you would any favorite video from youtube), you'll need to set up an account to upload to you-tube, but it's super fast and easy.

    Congrats kiddos! what a great idea!

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  5. I need to hear Ruby'th voith!!!

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  6. Oh my word. LOVE his low, low voice. He's adorable. I need to try this method with Luke. He so needs to learn to ride his bike. I want to ride bikes to work/school this year!

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  7. Shannan, you need to observe a moment of silence here. Your little kids just got bigger. Sigh. I hate it when that happens.

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  8. yeah! what a milestone. we'll be working on that too as soon as it gets nice enought outside around here :)

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  9. Look at 'em go! Great idea about taking off the pedals. I would have never have thought of that. It's about time to get my oldest a bike. Fun times!

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  10. That's fantastic! My 6 year old is still riding with training wheels....we MUST try the no pedal thing! I hadn't heard of it before now:) thanks!

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  11. Good show, good show kids! You are so brave. Mom, dad...you must be proud! Luv-Loretta

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  12. We struggled through the trailing behind - break your back method with the first 3 - Adrian told us about the article he read in a science magazine about removing the pedals! Such an awesome idea :) Great times! One more step to being independent!

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  13. ack! so good! i wish i would have known about this when max was learning. but i love that calvin and ruby learned together.
    what a sweet memory to have!

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  14. I'm taking full credit for all of this. All. I upload all me videos to YouTube and then you can just imbed them, super easy....

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  15. That's genuis! I've never heard of learing that way.

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  16. I've never heard of that either, but you can believe we're going to try it! My daughter is still eight with training wheels...

    Thanks for the video! He is a cutie. :)

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  17. Did you have to leave your gravel driveway also? I have the same issue here, except my son loves it and can totally do the off road thing, it is my daughter that would rather just watch, the girl will definitely need a tandem if we ever plan on doing family bike rides that actually burn calories...lol. That looks like a fun day!

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  18. Incredible to read this post! My own daughter, who is nine years old, struggled for over three years to get up enough courage to ride her bike without training wheels. This past Sunday April 3 she rode all the way down the driveway and never stopped! Now she rides everyday-she begs to ride! So amazing for these kids!

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  19. Awww! Such an exciting day! What a cutie your Calvin is - love his "bye" at the end of the video!

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  20. oh that Calvin is just too cool for school!! we always learned in the grass. don't know why that worked but it did.

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  21. Ha! Super congrats :) This is exactly what we did with our oldest this weekend (which reminds me that now we need to raise the seat back up). I posted a picture today too. Aren't you so excited for them...that's big news!

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  22. Hooray for your littles!! They are adorable and I bet they're so proud of themselves.

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  23. What a treat!! We got to hear the actual cutie patootie voices of the littles. That Calvin...how grown up and nonchalant he sounds. I love it. And oh Ruby! So sweet. And was that Mrs. FPFG we heard in the background of Ruby's vid? Shannan you sound different than I thought. I envisioned your voice to be sort of kate winslet-ish minus the accent. :)I know, weird. Happy Bike Riding Love FPFG Family.

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  24. Yay!!! That is such a huge achievement. : ) I love that idea. We are going to try that with our two youngest sons. The 1st we did the whole run behind holding the seat thing, which was a little sketchy!

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  25. Hooray!! Love this post...the videos were so stinking CUTE!!
    xoxo,
    HBY

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  26. We did the same thing although not so smartly! I was running behind the seat. But isn't it awesome?

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  27. We probably should get started on this with my uh...almost 6 yr old. Good for them!

    Sista I was thinking about your recent style post this weekend when this

    http://amomseyeview-lulu.blogspot.com/2011/04/blog-post_5258.html

    happened. Have a great week!

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  28. Aw, so cute to see the videos of your kiddos being so proud about their new skill! :o)

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  29. ah! beautiful. i was the world's latest bloomer when it came to no-training-wheels...a solid eight years old. (no greater incentive to get those trainers off than to see one's four year old brother pedaling solo. yeesh! :)

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  30. Yay! My 7-year-old son only started riding without training wheels last summer. My fiesty just-turned-five daughter, however, started riding without training wheels shortly after turning five! We LOVE bike riding as a family! I'm so excited that everyone can ride now!

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  31. Congrats to them both! Such an exciting time. They're off now...watch out. :-)
    -FringeGirl

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  32. Woohoo! Videos of your little munckins!! ::does happy dance:: :D They are adorable. 'Nuf Said.

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  33. obviously i am so excited for your big kids learning to ride their bikes. what a huge accomplishment. it was super cute to see them talking and get a glimpse of their personalities. but WAIT a minute! was that your sweet voice in the background. hee hee...i love that. kind of like reading a book and imagining what the characters would be like in real life. that's what this blog was like for me. hearing your voice gave you some real-ness. very fun! xoxo

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  34. Trust me they will ALWAYS remember how they learned to ride their bikes. I'm almost 63 years old and it seems like yesterday my Dad taught me. It was at an old car lot across the street from our grocery store with him holding on to the back of the little bike. Special times!

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  35. Yay!!! How awesome! :) Ethan had a hard time learning how to ride his bike (he just learned this past summer and he turned 7 in August!) so I can relate...he just needed a little encouragement! So glad Rubester and Calvin mastered it! :)

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  36. Loved the videos! The triumph on their faces is priceless. May have to give that method a go on our 3rd child. I'll file that away for a few years...He has to master the tricycle first. :)

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  37. Precious! How fun to see them LIVE!

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  38. I may have to try that this year. Our problem is that the girls are learning on gravel unless the tool shed is emptied out. Congrats!

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  39. Ooh, I love Ruby! Thanks for fixing her "interview"!

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  40. Oh my goodness...those kids are too cute! Their outfits just warm my heart. Those are perfect play clothes!

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  41. okay, so hearing those kiddies in real life is a real treat.

    well done, family! a true milestone!

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  42. oh yayyy!! what a milestone! i love your beautiful mama-heart. xo

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  43. Good for them! Yeah!!! My daughter needs some lessons...

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  44. I never would have imagined to take the pedals off! I need to try that with Cohen. He's figured it out a bit here and there then wants the training wheels back on. This looks like a winner!

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