I know my girls probably "could" have ridden a bike with no training wheels a long time ago, (since they are 8 and 6 1/2), but I never really pushed the issue too much, until this year. I got tired of seeing 3 and 4 year olds riding their bikes around, knowing my girls still couldn't do it. And I want to take them on bike rides this year! So on St. Patricks Day, Bailee stayed home from school because of pink eye, and it was a nice day outside.
So I told her she was going to learn how to start and stop on her own. She kind of knew how to stay up, but couldn't start or stop on her own. She kept saying, "I don't want to", and had a pretty negative attitude about it. But I kept telling her she was going to do it. Well, it only took her about 2 minutes to figure it out. Then she said riding a bike was her favorite thing in the whole world! Her whole mood changed. :)
Then Trinidee got home from school and saw what Bailee could do. We immediately took off her training wheels, and guess what? It only took her a few minutes and a couple of tries to get it down.
**I know you might be thinking, "where is Bailee's helmet?", but she had grown out of hers, and she WAS wearing mine when she was first practicing. Trinidee has my helmet on in the pictures. I have since gone and purchased the girls a new helmet, and they know they have to wear them any time they ride their bikes.**
Here's a video of a little "crash". Taken with my phone, which is why the picture is so crappy.
It's so fun to see them enjoying their bikes now! I took Ryker out the other day and taught him how to pedal on his. I tied a jump rope to his bike and pulled as he tried to pedal. (He still has his training wheels of course). He'll be joining his sisters before we know it!