Saturday, August 30, 2008

first time ever riding a bike...

ok, so this happened almost two months ago, so I'm a bit late in blogging about it. That said, I took some pretty funny video that day to go along with the story, and friends and family have been bugging me to get it up online, so...

Here's the thing... my son Conner had been riding this thing called a Rolli-Rider since summer of last year. It's an old-school looking, hand-made bicycle of sorts with no peddles aimed at teaching kids how to balance on two wheels. I didn't realize that the website claimed so plainly that "When old enough to ride a bicycle, training wheels will not be necessary." Anyway, so he'd gotten pretty good at the Rolli-Rider a few months ago when I started talking to him about learning how to ride a bike... "Conner, one of the most important things you need to know about learning to ride a bike is that you're gonna fall down. It's part of the process. You need to be able to pick yourself back up and try again until you learn..." I would say, relishing the life-lesson Daddy moment I was soon to experience and pass on to my son...

Well, in true Conner fashion, and in line with the claims by the Rolli-Rider folks, I was completely robbed of my dad moment with a phone call from my wife exclaiming that he was riding his bike. :) I had gotten home within about a half-hour, our camera being charged the whole time, and took the following footage, laced with my 4-year-olds casual bicycle riding and one-liners. Enjoy!





5 comments:

Gary Durbin said...

that's so cool. I can't wait to experience that. My son still can't figure out the pedaling. I'll show him this video. He'll probably be riding soon there after. Thanks for sharing that moment.

NetLady said...

Um...can I borrow the Rolli-rider???

knuckleheadzoo said...

THE WINNER BIKE RIDER!
I DIDN"T EVEN HAVE TO LEARN HOW!
AM I GOOD OR WHAT!


GOOOOOOOO CONNOR!

Lisa E said...

Kgirl and I had to watch this a few times to fully appreciate the whole experience of it all! His commentary was the best! Where was that Rolli Rider when my kids learned bike riding?

Connor Roach rocks!

Gary Durbin said...

So, I showed josh this video, and it worked. He said, "I can do that!" Last night he rode his bike with training wheels for the first time. He'd been having a hard time with pedaling. I figured the video would push him over the edge. Now I'm trying to convince him he needs a bigger bike. He's having a hard time letting go of his Diego bike.