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How Old Were You When You Learned to Ride a Bike?

After watching the Tour de France as a family yesterday morning, my daughter asked me to take the training wheels off her bike. She wanted to ride. We spent the evening going up and down the street. I ran behind, steadying her by the seat of the bike, while she built up momentum and confidence. It was quite a workout, and exhilarating for us both. What about you? When did you take your training wheels off and learn to ride a bike?

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elysiamann elysiamann 8 years
penguin- i'm in the exact same sitch! i'm 18, in college, and can't ride a bike. i have balance issues and i don't like the feeling of not having my feet on the ground. people cannot believe i dont know how! i want to learn, but the process isn't really worth it.
Blue24 Blue24 8 years
Oh, I don't even remember! I think maybe I was 6-7? I don't really like riding a bike though, I've always prefered rollerblading!
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
same here penguin, ppl are shocked to hear I never learned. I did the whole training wheels thing when I was younger but I could never master the 2 wheels. I know it can't be because of balance because I loved rollerskating and I did the balance beam in gymnastics and rode horses all the time. It's one of those things now that I'm almost 30 it just doesn't seem important to learn now.
soosixty soosixty 8 years
I just learnt to ride a bike, and I'm 31! It feels awesome, and it was really not as difficult as I thought it would be.
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I was 8, I got my first bike on my 8th birthday and after two painful weeks, I learned! Still love riding a bike! My daughter taught herself how to ride a bike when she was 5! I'm still impressed with that!
kristints kristints 8 years
I know I had just started kindergarten and I started when I was 4 1/2 so about 4 1/2. We lived across the street from my grandmother and all my friends lived on the street too so I was ALWAYS outside as a kid and riding a bike just came naturally to me.
marisaoswald marisaoswald 8 years
I didn't learn how to bike until I was in high school! I always rode around in training wheels when I was younger, and much to my parent's dismay, I gave up trying to ride when they wanted to take my wheelies off. Then, one day in high school, I was determined to learn, and I did it- all on my own! Sad that I still don't know how to swim.... apparently I didn't come from a very active family!
cg130 cg130 8 years
I got a tricycle for my 4th birthday, and a bicycle for my fifth, and then I think I took the training wheels off when I was about 5 and a half.
nutrihuney nutrihuney 8 years
i was scared to death - we had a kinda steep driveway and i just went from ours across to our neighbors. sad to say my younger brother taught me. he must have been 5 or 6 so i was 7 or 8. we enjoyed riding our bikes around the neighborhood together once i got more steady on my two wheels!
ClassicalTorture ClassicalTorture 8 years
I learned when I was about 5 or 6 and then continued when I was 10. Then we moved and it sort of fell out of favor. I tried to get on one a few years later and failed miserably. I think the common aphorism "you never forget how to ride a bike" isn't entirely true... I still technically remember how, but my body no longer knows how to balance.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
About four years of age. I drove Dad bat shit crazy when it came to taking the training wheels off and putting them back on again, then taking them off....
zenwoman zenwoman 8 years
Yeah I was a late one too. 6th grade. My younger neighbors taught me. So embarrassing. At least I learned on a big bike.
penguins268 penguins268 8 years
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who doesn't know how to ride a bike! Most people are shocked, shocked I tell you (!) when they find out my little secret! :D
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
I was about 5 Ii think...
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 8 years
I still can't ride a bike. I've only been on once and as soon as I got on my cousin let the bike go and I fell, never tried again. Now I have no interest in learning.
Renee3327 Renee3327 8 years
I think the training wheels came off my bike when I was 4 or 5 - everyone in my neighborhood rode bikes so all of the little kids wanted to ride like the big kids. I also grew up with my dad, uncle and their friends going on long rides every week in the summer. Riding bikes was just something everyone did so I started at an early age!
michlny michlny 8 years
I just rediscovered bike riding 20 yrs later and I've fallen in love!!
Nellllll Nellllll 8 years
7 I think ;)
mek123 mek123 8 years
It was the summer I turned 6 and thinking about it brings back good memories of my dad (who I still miss).
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
About six years old. I still remember the first moment I did it. It was really exciting.
MandeeLei MandeeLei 8 years
I still don't know how. My husband wants to teach me so we can go out biking on the weekend, but at this point a bike is just another thing we don't have and can't afford!
Peggasus Peggasus 8 years
Five or six for me. But... One year I went away for a long weekend, and my younger son told his father that he wanted to surprise me when I came back by learning to ride. And he did it too! He was THREE AND A HALF.
flyowsley flyowsley 8 years
I took the training wheels off myself and started to ride.
penguins268 penguins268 8 years
I don't know how to ride a bike and I'm 18. I have really bad balance and I could never master it! I wish I did though because I think it would be fun to ride my bike around my college campus.
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
Sad to say I don't know how to ride. The closes I get is the stationary bike at the Gym. When I was 8 my Dad to me out to ride with my training wheel and a class mate of mine made fun of me. He called me a baby. From then on I did want to go on the bike again.
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