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I suppose I've gotten somewhat used to being surprised by ds's stuff in the more "academic" arena. And I always knew that for him, there is a connection to the physical. Being very bright, he's able to understand and follow complex directions as well as grasp more involved actions and consequences and he has a special ability to control his body. That, recently, has manifested into my husband removing his training wheels (on his miniature 12 inch Schwinn!) and now riding a 2-wheel bike. It took about 3days, but his absolute focus and drive would not let him give up (we let him know multiple times that it was totally OK to put the training wheels back on, but he wouldn't hear of it). So, he learned to ride a bike at 38 months. Yes, still counting in months- just over 3 years old.<br><br>
Needless to say, this little tiny kid (toddler?) pumping away, singing "I'm a Little Kickstand" speeding along the sidewalk on his shrunken bike is quite a sight. He wants to ride ALL THE TIME and is obsessed with everything bike related. It could be worse!<br><br>
I know that DS is very bright and my guess is that he will be somewhere on the more mild/moderate gifted end of things. Anyone else at this end of the spectrum notice a connection with exceptional physical ability? Anyone else have "Tiny Bikers"? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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My DS could ride his tricycle at 18 months. I don't know if that's that impressive, but we were. Moreover, he's really good at action-songs like "If You're Happy and You Know It" or "I'm a Little Teapot". He was doing all of the actions when he was about a year old. But at playgroup when everybody was singing and dancing he'd just stand there like a log. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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Yes, my son started riding a two-wheeler at 28 mos. Maybe 27. I can't remember today if it was the weekend he turned 2 1/3, or 2 and 3 mos.<br><br>
It was clear to me that my daughter *could* ride a couple of months after that (she's 15 months older), which was kinda annoying to me because DS wanted to bike all the time and I was eager to have the convenience of both of the on the same mode of transport. But she didn't start until 3 years 10 mos. She's very cautious and not too fond of many challenges when she can sidestep them.
 

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I'm always amazed by kids who ride well, even with their training wheels. My guy is 5 and always struggled with using pedals and still does although he's getting better. It is kind of surprising because he's quite good with some gross motor skills. He can skip, hop on one foot, throw and catch a ball well, hit a pitched ball with a bat, play soccer. He does struggle with pumping himself on a swing too. I wonder if the two are related because I notice when he makes an improvement in one he also improves in the other. I think the pedals and the swing frustrate him and he just won't keep trying.<br><br>
That being said, the little boy that lives next door to my mom is 3 soon to be 4, can barely talk and rides his tiny two wheeler around like a champ. He's been riding without training wheels since this past spring. I find it just incredible.<br><br>
Speaking of bikes.... I recently saw this radio flyer bike that is a two wheeler but without pedals. The idea is that they learn balance BEFORE learning how to use pedals. Anyone seen this bike or used it?
 

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Ds1 whom other people refer to as being gifted, wasn't able to ride a bike until he was six. Ds2 who just turned four has no interest yet and I figured that he seemed like a really physical little guy. All of his friends are riding without training wheels already. His best buddy learned before he turned three ( he also rode a scooter!) and takes big tandam trips with his dad. I have noticed two other newly threes on the road that have taken off the training wheels recently! I love seeing those tiny little bodies on bikes! Makes for really quick... or much quicker walks anyhow!
 

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oooh, i am so looking forward to this.<br><br>
dd just turned 2, and instead of getting her a trike, we're thinking about getting her a small bike. she sat on one (with training wheels) at a bike shop a few weeks ago and LOVED it. it was a size too big for her, so we'll be searching for a smaller one.
 

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My oldest was riding a two-wheeler before he was four years old. He is quite bright, but not considered "gifted".<br><br>
My highly gifted child was still not riding a two wheeler at age 8. Then he just decided he wanted to and in a weekend he was proficient.<br><br>
My youngest is probably gifted, but not yet confirmed so. He taught himself to ride his brothers old bike when he was five. It took him an afternoon.<br><br>
Each to his own.
 

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Asha wasn't riding a 2 wheeler at that age. When she was 5 we tried it without the training wheels, she lasted 5 seconds probably.lol. This year(she was 6 in March) she just hopped on & went with no training wheels.
 
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