Korri's been riding a balance bike since last spring when Finn got a big boy bike (from NeNe!). Last summer she had a "big girl bike" with training wheels, but I think it was just a little too big for her and she wasn't that interested.
But Jim and I could tell that it wasn't going to take much for her to figure out how to ride WITHOUT the training wheels this spring/summer. Korri got the bike out Thursday and yesterday to ride with Max, our neighbor friend. I'd already told Korri she would get five marks (like points that she saves up for something) if she would TRY to ride without trainers. And then I told her that if she did and figured it out, I'd go to the store immediately and buy her a BASKET for her bike. You don't understand...apparently a basket is THE thing to have on your bike.
Jim took the training wheels off and she was pretty nervous, as I think almost all kids are. All she cared about was making sure daddy was still holding on. But once she got some confidence and actually pedalled, she was perfectly fine! So we decided to go to the park, knowing she'd have straight roads with practically no traffic. And it worked! (good thing Jim just trained for a 5K!)
This is her on the way there (sorry for motion, I was walking and pushing the stroller while recording):
She is still a little nervous about it but she rode all the way there and all the way home! It is a really hard thing to learn and to say I'm proud of her doesn't even come close to how I feel. She has courage like no other. We kept telling her to "pedal like a girl" and she would pedal harder. I LOVE that! Now we'll see how she does the NEXT time she does it. I hope it comes back just like, well...riding a bike!
Side note: Finn was super supportive and cute, cheering her on, all the while riding his bike back and forth. Then once she figured it out, he realized that he'd just learned last summer which means Korri is younger than he was when he learned. I think he'd better get used to her doing things sooner than he did!