” The bicycle wobbled. My arms were stiff with fists clenched tightly onto the handles. My legs froze. Before I could move any muscle, I was thrown off the bicycle.
It hurt tremendously. My right knee was badly scrapped against the rough track surface. There were bruises on my hands and elbows. All my schoolmates who had just taught me how to cycle were way ahead of me. I was left behind, with no experience in tackling the steep and winding slope. It felt especially lonely as I sat up. I had to get back up in order to catch up, or they won’t be able to find me. (note: we did not have pagers, nor handphones then.)
That night was a painful and sleepless one. My mum ran out first thing the next morning and came back with a tube of antiseptic powder. (She is a very resourceful mum). The powder dried up my wound really fast and I felt so much better after two applications. I was 14 and it was the most painful injury I had. The wound was deep. It was one I could never forget. Today, the scar is still on my knee. “
The terrible fall I had at 14 years of age had made me determined to help my children learn cycling through a safer process. I searched for information online and tried a few ways.
I got them to roll their two-wheel bicycles down a gentle slope to learn the balancing skill. They could do that easily. However, it was not easy for them to start pedaling. We were stuck at this stage for a couple of months.
Feeling clueless, I asked a few mummy friends how their children picked up cycling. One of them told me something I didn’t think of. Her children could cycle on their own without falling off their bicycles!
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the method. During the very next school holiday, DeeDee and I brought GerGer and BoiBoy to Toys”R”Us and bought them each a two-wheel scooter. For the 8 weeks that followed, the children were on their two-wheel scooters every day, learning to balance.
DeeDee suggested they try to cycle once he observed that they could balance well on the two-wheel scooters. I was busy at home that day, so I didn’t think much about what he said. An hour later, DeeDee came home with the children and exclaimed “They can cycle !!!” I was over the moon. Finally they learned to cycle the safer way!!! My wish came true!!! ^_^
So to mummies out there who hope your children learn to cycle without falling down, you may want to try the same method we did!