Happy Saturday readers! It was nearly a year ago that I posted about the new balance bike that Mrs. LIAYF and I bought Lukas. It was his first two wheeled bicycle, and at 2 1/2 years old it wasn't long before he was off and running on it.
Our intent at the time was for him to have a way to scoot around while we were walking around our neighborhood, or on longer flatter surfaces while Mrs. LIAYF and I were also riding our bikes. As a bonus, this mini bicycle would also teach him how to balance a two wheeler - without the need for training wheels.
We certainly recouped our investment in the Rocket emblazoned two wheeler as hardly a weekend day went by all spring and summer long that we weren't out walking, with Lukas riding alongside.
And, when another spring finally arrived here in the Pacific Northwest, Mrs. LIAYF and I decided to begin the search for a pedal bike for Lukas. Our challenge was finding one with a low enough profile for Lukas' small stature. After looking at many different options, we eventually found a Specialized Hotrock 12'' late last week at a local bicycle shop, but the price tag on it gave us a double take.
Fortuitously though, the very next day while driving past a kids resale shop 2 blocks from home Mrs. LIAYF spied a mint condition 12'' Hotrock for a fraction of the price of the new one. We bought it without hesitation, promptly removed the training wheels, and let Lukas hop onto it on the sidewalk outside the shop.
In just 10 short minutes he was riding short distances on his own. The abundant rain which blanketed Seattle all week kept us from taking him out for more practice. However today, with the weekend, also came some much needed sunshine. And an opportunity to ride his new big boy bicycle.
I must say that to watch my little guy, still only 3 years old, so effortlessly master this major childhood milestone - is an extremely sublime moment for me.
Way to go Lukas. Ride like the wind!