This weekend the geek family enjoyed a weekend break at Center Parcs in Whinfell Forest courtesy of the Tots100 Center Parcs Family Blogger club. As part of our stay we were provided with complimentary bike hire, which I must confess neither the geekdaddy nor I were hugely enthusiastic about, as neither of us are great cyclists! However our lodge was quite a walk away from the village centre so on Saturday we decided we’d give the bikes a go and see if they made things any easier. But we weren’t expecting the surprise we got when we collected them!
When we told the geekdaughter that we were going to collect our bikes she got really excited, and insisted that she could ride without stabilisers. Now, we haven’t seen her ride a bike since before Christmas – she used to ride to school every day (with stabilisers), but her bike got too small and she was hitting her knees on the handlebars. We gave her a scooter for Christmas which she’s been riding instead, so we haven’t got around to replacing the bike yet. So we were not at all sure how she’d learned to ride a bike without stabilisers, because it certainly wasn’t at home! She told us she’d been learning at school, but we’ve not heard of this before, and we haven’t seen any sign of bikes at school either.
I had ordered her a bike with stabilisers, but the Center Parcs staff were happy to change that if we wanted. We decided there was no harm in letting the geekdaughter have a try to see how she got on, but I was a little worried that she wouldn’t be as good as she said and we’d have an unpleasant couple of days of trying to get her around the village. But you have to allow your kids to make their own mistakes, right?
Neither the geekdaddy nor I were expecting what happened next. The geekdaughter confidently mounted the bike, and cycled off around the cycle hire shed with no wobbles at all.
It was such a surprise I almost forgot to grab my camera to take a photo! But we’re chuffed to bits that’s she can now ride a bike, and we seem to have escaped the hours running along beside her that we were expecting we’d have to do at some time! We spent the rest of the weekend happily cycling around the village, and she kept up with us both very well indeed. She cried when we had to give the bike back when it was time to come home.
Time to get her a new bike I think 🙂
Disclosure: we received a Center Parcs Mini Break, including complimentary cycle hire, in return for featuring their competition activities through the year and blogging about our experience.
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