Cycling is something that just happens in our family. We’re lucky enough to live in a quiet village and have loads of fields surrounding us.
We started both our boys off on the 3 wheeler scooters where you have to lean to turn. They were then upgraded to a balance bike at age 18 months or so and both of them just loved it.
For their 3rd birthday, they were given a ‘proper’ bike and with only 30 mins of ‘active help’ they were off on their own. No side wheels, no stabilisers. Just a helmut and a high vis jacket.
The bikes admittedly, have been used for more than one owner. We have high pressure washed and changed stickers, along with new lights etc.
The one thing we have felt is that our youngest son deserved a brand new bike for his 6th birthday. Not a hand me down. There are some things that just need to be new sometimes. So, we took him down to our local bike shop and he chose his very own bigger bike…WITH gears!
We also planned to collect it early, as we had my father-in-law over for a visit and wanted him to be part of the collection excitement too.
The very next day, we headed over to Thetford Forsest and had a super day climbing in the trees and then a lovely relaxed time cycling around the forest. Not only did he have to get use to 5 more gears than he had on his old bike, but brakes with his hands as his old bike had pedal brakes.
He did really well and a 5 mile ride on a brand new bike that was slightly on the big side was a walk in the park.