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I just wanted to post and say that my daughter and I took the training wheels off her bike today and got her started riding like a BIG kid. The first few times I held the bike up while she pedaled, and then I actually did have the nerve to give a push and let go. I've never seen such a look of utter surprise and wonder I think than when she realized she was going, all by herself.

You know, some days parenting truly SUCKS...but it is all worth it for those moments of pure, unadulterated, joy.

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Awww...kids are sooo adorable. I still don't know how to ride a bike without training wheels. My little cousin is also learning how to ride a bike. Funny thing is she can't even reach the pedals yet (she's two).
 

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Brings back memories...

When I was a kid, my family was too poor for training wheels.

Actually, we were too poor for me to have a bike.

Until I found a junked one somebody abandoned in a field (I was around 7). I brought it home, pumped up the tires (had to do this every night), and decided to teach myself how to ride.

The bike had one of those banana seats, but it was missing the cushion. Not the most comfortable ride. Took me a solid evening of falling off and skinning my knees before I got the hang of it Then I was hell on wheels.


I was able to get some work with a neighbor to earn some money for a real bike, although the job involved something that would make a lot of the veg*ns here cringe a little.

Scraped together $40 (over about 6 months) and bought a sweet ass red w/ gold trim "dirt" bike. Pimped that bad boy out, and it was on!
 

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Training wheels are probably in the top 5 worst inventions ever. The person who invented them deserves to be in jail! They don't work at all and they're a complete waste of money. I was 5 or 6 when I got my first bike, and I kept the training wheels on for awhile. When I finally took off the training wheels, I couldn't ride at all. I tried and tried but finally gave up bike riding thinking i'd never ride a bike. I didn't learn how to ride a bike until I was 11 years old. And I contribute my bike riding failure to training wheels.

Sorry about my story... Congratulations to your daughter for learning to ride a bike!
 
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