View Full Version : Riley is riding....

08-24-2008, 10:32 PM
and I am a dork who forgets my cell phone and/or camera! He is doing so great though! Yesterday we took him to a parking lot here near a park that is considered an "overflow" parking lot for the soccer/baseball field. It is all dirt but covered in wood chips. He was a little shaky and didn't want Josh to let go of the bike but then he realized that Josh was just pretending to hold on and he was fine. Josh ran next to him just in case and then Josh and Bill rode around on the 50 for a bit too. Big goofballs is what my guys are! LOL

Today we went over to a larger parking lot where most of it is empty with the exception of some diesel trailers. Riley jumped right on, no hesitation and took off! He is doing really well in turning and tight turns too. He went all over that parking lot and even saved it once when he fixated on a pole and then snapped out of it, made the turn and gave us a thumbs up! I wish I had taken my camera! He is really picking this up quickly although he still can't ride his bicycle. At all. LOL Go figure.

SoCal LabRat
08-25-2008, 06:56 AM
That's great Darlene! That's gotta be fun watching him tool around like that. Next time, DO bring that camera. You know our roolz here, girly.

Missy B
08-25-2008, 08:41 AM
+1 to Teri! We wanna see, too!!!!!!!

08-25-2008, 08:44 AM
Very cool! Glad to hear he is having fun with it. Sounds like a great family time!! LOL

08-25-2008, 10:24 AM
I think we are going to try to take him out tomorrow after school(parking lot is right near our house). We tried to bicycle yesterday before he got on the 50 and that did not work out. LOL Of course Josh is too funny looking on the 50 but rides the wheels off it. 6'2" and about 175 and crouched on that 50 like a Keystone cop! Going to definitely have to get a shot of that one! LOL

08-25-2008, 11:01 AM
Is he having trouble balancing the push-bike? A good way to help him learn is to take off the pedals and training wheels and just let him push the bike with his feet. He'll gradually push harder and harder until he's rolling farther each time, and learn to balance the bike. Sort of like duck-walking the MC when you're learning to use the clutch.

08-25-2008, 11:28 AM
Thanks Speed! Its not really a balance issue, as strange as it sounds, he balances just fine on the 50, more of a "I am not going fast enough to balance" issue if that makes any sense. LOL We took his training wheels off of it because I think it was more of a crutch than a learning tool. Weird. LOL

08-25-2008, 12:37 PM
Dar, here's something to try (and it worked for both of my kids). Put his training wheels back on, but raise them as high as they will go. Once he gets up to speed, he can practice balancing and then work on slowing down and taking off without touching the training wheels down. I did this with my kids and when I took their training wheels off completely, they just took off without me having to run along beside them.

08-25-2008, 01:24 PM
Go Riley!!!!

You know how we feel about pics though!

08-25-2008, 10:11 PM
Thanks everyone! Can you believe that Riley talked Bill into taking him to the parking lot tonight when I got home from work? At about 7:15 they headed over to the parking lot and they should be back soon since it is dark outside. It would be just my luck(and Bills!) that the parking lot is lit. LMAO!

08-26-2008, 10:05 AM
That is so cool!

08-26-2008, 11:30 AM
Riley told me today on the way to school that he was "shreddin" it up last night. LOL