Yuvan has had a huge interest in cycling from young, starting from his tricycle. The photo below shows how much ‘the Dad and the Son’ enjoyed the tricycle. Until today, if I can remember correctly, tricycle is the only one that broke because of usage and usage ONLY by Yuvan. I still remember the day I had to clear the broken tricycle out after holding on it for a few days out of attachment.
Then, he moved on and got his bicycle with training wheels (definitely at a much younger age than the below photo, which I had just pulled out of our archive.)
He was hooked on to it until 2 years ago, when scooter and roller blades became the priority. So the bicycle was quietly parked in the space next to our washing machine. On few occasions I had noticed that my helper had started using the attached basket to keep some stuffs..:p
Over the last three months, I suddenly became so anxious about Yuvan learning the ‘real’ cycling – ie on the two wheels without the training wheels. Though I had inquired about removing the training wheels and replacing it with a metal stand, it never happened. But this has been bugging me as I believed Yuvan should be able to cycle on two wheels at this age, if he gives it a try!!
The day finally arrived, as I sensed Yuvan was still in the “missing mode”, after Eash flew off to Taiwan on his official trip. I approached him with the idea. After a little hesitation, he got all excited and said “Yes” and off we went to the nearby bike shop. But we went one BIGGGGG round around the estate, him cycling with the training wheels and me brisk walking.
The guy at the bike shop was so kid friendly and had this following conversation :-
The Guy: “How may I help you, young man?”
Yuvan: ( took a while to answer ) “I would like to remove the side wheels.”
The Guy: “Are you ready for it?”
The Guy: “Let’s do it now, a bit more comfortably for you…ok?” “Mam, would you like to have a side stand fixed as well?”
He also helped to raise the bicycle seat by 2 inches…
And Yuvan did a careful curious inspection of the bike before we set of for our Day One trial on the trail which included a badminton court; play area and off-course the area below our block:)
By the end of almost 1.30 hrs of trial and error, with my advice being “Try to get your balance first, Don’t be afraid and It’s OK to fall down!!”, he managed to cycle for a few minutes all by himself at a stretch. ( I did try to hold on to his bicycle a few times when he was trying to find his balance but then he worked it out himself.) It was so funny how he thought that the water bottle in the basket attached to his cycle caused some disruption to his balancing act!
And as we wound up our Day one, one of his foot pedal broke partially. So we made another visit the next day to the bike shop to change his foot pedals, the grips and the bell. And he choose everything in blue to match his cycle color scheme and he was so happy with his new look bicycle!!
And on day two, we started early and he was a much more confident cyclist with more balance and independent riding!! Touch wood and I am really happy and surprised that he picked it up quite quickly and he can now do the real ‘cycling’.
He had been updating his Dad via texts about his cycling stint too and off course the Dad is super happy about this! What now? Project cycling will continue as “Practice makes a man!”
And one more proof of ‘kids will eventually do it’, when they are really ready physically and emotionally and it will happen naturally! Another reminder to myself on the same!!