In April, during the Ultimate Blog Party at 5 Minutes for Mom, I mentioned that I'd love to win a Strider Balance Bike for Grace. I wanted to give it to her for her third birthday.
If you aren't familiar with them, read this post on balance bikes by Sue at 5 minutes for Mom.
Basically, they are normal bikes without the pedals. They allow small children, even under two, to learn to balance and ride a bike without training wheels.
I didn't win the drawing. I was bummed (though not at all surprised, there were hundreds of entrants). I told Joe that we'd have to buy Grace a balance bike for her birthday.
And then, the awesome Sue from 5 minutes for Mom and Pedal Cars and Retro Collectibles asked if I'd like to review a Strider Balance Bike.
I was ecstatic, and I imagined Grace jumping on her bike and rolling all over the neighborhood.
Grace and I watched You Tube videos of kids on their balance bikes. I built the bike up, and told her how it was going to be super fun.
The day it arrived, we put it together at my mom's house because her driveway is flat and level and ours isn't. Grace jumped on the bike, picked up her feet, and fell over.
I'm not exactly sure what she thought was going to happen, but it wasn't falling over. She scratched her knee a tiny bit, cried forever, and that was the end of the bike for more than two months.
I'll be the first to admit that she's timid, but I was growing impatient.
Weekly, I'd ask, “Hey! Wanna go ride your bike?”
She'd look at me like I'd grown an extra head and reply curtly. No.
Sue was completely patient about my review, and I was completely embarrassed to tell her that I couldn't get Grace near her bike.
But then, one day, she tried again. She kept her feet on the ground, and she rode walked her bike around a level parking lot.
The next time, she did a little better.
A fun new pastime was born. A week or two after she fell in love with her bike, I shot the following video.
It speaks for itself.
She's slowly, patiently, building confidence. I can't wait til she's really zooming around.
That day is coming soon.
And then, I'll be lamenting that she's super zooming around the neighborhood on a big kid bike. Tears will be shed.
Strider Balance Bike Giveaway
Sue offered to give one lucky Feels like Home reader a Strider Balance Bike!
To enter: Tell us in the comments whyÃ‚ you'd like to win a balance bikes. (You can use the link to learn more about them.)
For extra entries:Ã‚ Tweet about this giveaway (including @FeelsLikeHome) and leave the URL for the Tweet in the comments. You may do this daily.
Good luck! I'll use Random.org to choose a winner some time after 11:59 pm on July 22, 2010. I used Random.org to select a winner. Congratulations to C, who left comment #34!
I received a Strider balance bike from Pedal Cars and Retro Collectibles in order to evaluate before posting. Pedal Cars and Retro Collectibles is also providing the bike for the giveaway.
Happily submitted to Things I Love Thursday
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