And just like that, Simone now rides on two wheels. One evening, she looked at us and said, "I am ready to ride without training wheels." Unlike Cullen, Simone showed little to no interest in her balance bike. Therefore, we weren't sure how this would go. Simone has a very healthy level of self-confidence. She knows with absolute certainty what she wants. Once Simone sets her mind to something, she goes after it with determination. Whether it's arguing for another cookie after dinner or riding a bike, she goes after what she wants with 100% effort. So... Dirk took off the training wheels, placed his hand on the back of the bike and helped her off down the street. And just like that he let go and she peddled a few feet on her own. Simone is cautious and didn't want to go too fast or too far, but she rode - on two wheels all by herself! After some time practicing, she now rides down the street - long distances without hesitation. This little girl can do anything she sets her mind to!
Cullen grew up and got a big kid bike: complete with hand breaks. As we watched Cullen early in the spring, we noticed his legs had to pedal so fast to gain speed on his small bike. This kid had a major growth spurt over the winter. Off to the bike shop he went - and came home with a bike fit for a big kid.