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40 by 40 – Teach My Son How to Ride a Bike

I have approximately 8 weeks until the end of my 40 by 40 list, and I’ve come to the realization that not everything on my list will be accomplished by my birthday.


This one was a long time coming.  For a long while, my son couldn’t get the hang of riding a bike without training wheels.  He thought about it too logically and he was stymied by the whole thing.  (Anyone want to guess where he gets that “analysis paralysis” from?)  He would argue that the whole thing doesn’t make sense and that “this activity is just too dangerous”.

This morning I woke up determined to teach him to ride before sundown. A few weeks ago we found the perfect bike at Sports Chalet, so today we finally drove down to pick it up.  When we got back to the house, it was nothing but frustration and evil words spewed back and forth at each other.

We took a much needed break for a few hours.  At around 4:00 or so, we decided to figure this thing out by going to that wellspring of wisdom, the fountain of foresight, that enclave of education, erudition, and enlightenment.

You all know it as YouTube.

We found a video called “Teach kids how to ride a bike in 30 minutes or less.”  After looking at the short video, my son was inspired.  “Let’s do this.”

It worked.  We couldn’t follow the video’s instructions exactly, but we captured the basic idea.  It was one of those moments when I let go of the seat without him knowing and he just rode into the sunset like a miniature dark brown John Wayne (at least that’s how it looked in my mind.)

Here’s a video of his skill.


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