At Christmas Evan and I made the decision that Hazels big gift was going to be a bike. About three days before the big day, (theres nothing better than last minute Christmas shopping) we headed out in search for a bike. Our original plan was to get her a balance bike, as we had heard they were all the rage for toddlers. The first store we went to was a complete bust so on we went to the next store. Upon arriving they had exactly what we were looking for, or so we thought.
There they hung along the wall in red and blue. Gazing up at the red one we chatted back and forth, mulling over the pros and cons of the balance bike. As crazy as it seems, the colour choice was a huge issue in more than one way. While red was the perfect gender neutral option, meaning we could pass it on to Everett after, it just didn’t seem to fit Hazel. The other issue was we felt we missed the ideal age to get her on a balance bike. We thought that as she would get most of her use out of it in the summer and would be turning three, she would grow bored of it fairly quickly and want to move on to peddling, just as the big kids do. Feeling rather defeated we decided to head home and rethink our gift for her.
On our way out we did one quick wander through to the back of the store. As we came around the last corner of the store there it was, The Mermaid, lined up with the rest of the kids bikes, it stopped us both in our tracks. It was hot pink, with black tires and little white handle bars, it was screaming Hazels name. We looked at each other and it was like we had already agreed, this was our bike.
Christmas morning came and went. So did January, February, March, April and May. We attempted to ride our bike a few times, but never really succeeded. We called in reinforcements, our favourite Uncle of course and he still couldn’t make any headway. We stuck our bike in a rut and tried peddling on the spot, but still no luck. We tried watching dad as he road his bike around us in circles, and you guessed it nothing. No matter what we tried or who tried, we still had yet to master peddling.
Not wanting The Mermaid to collect any more dust in the garage, I gave in and called the experts. I had first heard about Pedalheads about a year ago from my sister-in-law, she had enrolled our nephew. She raved about how amazing they were and how in a week he was able to go from not riding to pro bike rider. I ran my idea past Evan and we both agreed, this was what Hazel needs. Somebody who isn’t family or a close friend that could to teach her how to ride. Someone who will show her the proper techniques and road safety to get her going.
So if you’re looking for us next Monday morning, rain or shine we will be rolling through our local Starbucks drive thru and latte in hand we will be headed to a nearby elementary school to learn how to ride our bike. No need to worry about me spilling my latte, as I will be keeping a safe distance away, in order not to distract our little Trikes n Trainer. I will be sure to keep you guys updated of our progress as we go. I am thinking that if all goes well I will be headed to the store to stock up on bandaids, princess ones of course, to get us through the summer!