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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thanks to the GyroWheel…

Caleb can now ride his bicycle without assistance.  What?!!?  You’ve never heard of the GyroWheel?  Well, neither had I until Brian found it on the Internet.  Basically, it replaces training wheel bikes with a better option.  You remove the front wheel from your child’s bike (different wheel sizes available), and then attach the GyroWheel.  We found one on eBay that had only been used once or twice, so we bought it.  Due to some mail circulation issues, it took longer than expected to receive it.  However, it was worth the wait.  And – we WILL be keeping this to use with Micah as opposed to training wheels.  Smile
Caleb used it the first time, and he did really well.  The second time he used it, it shut off on him, and he came crashing down.  This resulted in his first bike accident scrape…huge one on his elbow.  However, he got back on and tried it again…the wheel was still attached, but not powered on.  Well, he was still able to ride, and he did GREAT.  The next visit to the park, Brian decided not to turn the wheel on at all.  Caleb again did really well.  We thought he would be ready to put his regular wheel on his bike, so we tried that on our next visit. 
Well, with a little coaxing, he was off again.  So, after just two uses with the GyroWheel, he was riding his bicycle without any assistance.  We are so very proud of him.  This past weekend, we celebrated by buying him a 20-inch bike.  He can’t wait to take it to the park and get to riding…I’m sure that’s on this weekend’s agenda.  Smile
And for good measure, here’s a picture of Micah on Caleb’s old Kettler tricycle.  He’s enjoying riding it, too.  Smile  He thinks it’s a Rip Rider.  Shhh…don’t tell him otherwise.  LOL!



Lin said...

Oh, that is a cool invention! Much better than training wheels or running alongside your kids bike--KILLING your back! Amazing whoever thought of that thing. :)

Isn't it great that he is riding by himself already?! Wow. All grown up!

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