Agree totally ! Thise types should outsource the whole parenting job to people that care. What a sad commentary on society that this service would even be a viable business model.Industry_Hack said:If you don't have time to teach your kid to ride a bike, you've got your priorities all wrong.
I def see your point, but to get the most out of just riding a bicycle is also getting that parent/child bonding. If later down the road the parent sees that this has become more of a competitive sport, then hell yeah then go with the pro. My mom and g-pa taught me a whole lot about keeping the rubber on the road. Lots of good times and quality road rash!I'm all for such 'outsourcing' if it gets more kids out on bikes, especially with competent instruction on the rules of the road and practice following them. It's easy for bike geeks to look at a story like this and freak - of COURSE you would want to teach your kids to ride bikes yourself. What if, hypothetically speaking, you are a <gasp> non-cycling parent? I'd rather your kid still get the chance to learn to ride, and maybe become a lifetime fan.
If the parents aren't cyclists, I say better for the kid to learn the rules of the road and proper cycling technique from the start. When I was a kid, my parents taught me to ride a bike, but lacked the knowledge to instruct me properly: I got very little traffic instruction (watch for cars, stay out of their way), and had to teach myself important skills like skidding, jumping and wheelie-riding. The impression I was left with was that bikes were fun, but not really meant for the street. As you may have guessed, my parents were not cyclists.
When it came to swimming, on the other hand, they farmed out my instruction to a hardcore swimmer at the local university. Best move ever. Though they both knew how to swim, they understood that it takes a swimmer to teach the skill. If you aren't a cycling person, why not hire someone who is to teach your kids (and hopefully YOU) how to do it right? my parents could have taught me to dog paddle and avoid immediate drowning, but it took a swimmer to teach me: the strokes, breathing and turning techniques, safe shallow-water diving and so forth.
Though I appreciate having learned to balance my bike from my parents, I'd really have been better off learning to cycle from someone who was into it and could have taught me proper technique from the start. The way I learned to swim.
You're totally right...assuming the parental types are cyclists. I had a lot of quality bonding time with the parents as a kid, and learned a lot about a range of things. The only family member I've ever cycled with was my younger brother - who I desperately wanted to get rid of. My family was/is many things, but I'm the only cyclist.I def see your point, but to get the most out of just riding a bicycle is also getting that parent/child bonding. If later down the road the parent sees that this has become more of a competitive sport, then hell yeah then go with the pro. My mom and g-pa taught me a whole lot about keeping the rubber on the road. Lots of good times and quality road rash!