The skies had been overcast all weekend, thwarting Daddy’s plans to bring Dana cycling…The gears were all packed in the boot, ready for action…When the rain finally cleared yesterday evening, we made a dash to the park.
|Sunset@Labrador Park – 26 May 2013|
We cannot imagine that just weeks ago, Dana was struggling to transit from her training bike and her self-esteem was at an all-time low. She kept telling us that she couldn’t do it as she could sense our impatience and disappointment when she failed to balance on the bike time after time…We as her parents, scoured the web for tips on how to best coach her to overcome her fears of riding a two wheeler. Fast forward to the magical month of May, this is the scene that greets us…Daddy’s wish for our family to cycle together has finally come true!
|Her first outdoor cycling trip!|
|New-found joy and freedom!|
|Getting better with each pedal…|
And we have the Singapore Bike School to thank. Singapore Bike School is Singapore’s first dedicated cycling school offering lessons for all ages and all levels. While most of us grew up learning how to ride a bicycle through trials and errors, we figured some things are best left to the hands of the experts, minimizing the guesswork, stress and frustration for all parties involved (the child learner and the coach-wannabe parents). Moreover, we figured the earlier Dana masters the art of cycling, the more fun family expeditions we can go on!
With the June school holidays coming up, we caught up with Coach Kenneth Wee, founder of the Singapore Bike School. Here is an excerpt of the interview.
Meeting interesting people and sharing in a milestone moment in their lives. The look of joy on the faces of students as they pedal a bicycle un-aided for the first time. It’s cliched, but knowing that I am making a real difference in someone’s life motivates me.
Fortunately, we’re a family of homebodies. We enjoy taking in a good exhibition, watching movies, an occasional fancy meal and simply lounging around the house with a book and cup of tea. My daughters, Alison has taken an interest in archery and baking while Zoe likes any kind of activity that calls for jumping and running. My wife, Jean gets crafty with cloth whenever she finds the time. I am doubly blessed to be able to ride my bike both as a hobby and as a job.
The flexibility in time management which allows me to be with the girls (be it in school or at home) when necessary. Being present during their growing years is something very important to me. Knowing that I’m taking a path less travelled sometimes make me feel a little smug – right before panic sets in.
|A portrait of Coach Kenneth’s lovely family!|
A typical recreational cycling class at the Singapore Bike School consists of the following key techniques to get you and your child riding in no time.
• Mounting and dismounting
• Balance and coordination
• Steering with confidence
• How to start and stop with precision, and more
We’ll be bringing you a comprehensive review of Dana’s ‘Learn to Ride a Bike’ lesson at the Singapore Bike School next. In the meantime, do pop by their website to check out the bike classes and holiday progammes! Stay tuned!
|My fav pic of the weekend, the pair riding into the sunset together…|