Amanda, on the other hand, cannot ride a bike unassisted. Even with training wheels. She is distracted by the world. The multiple sensory inputs of the wind in her face, sun in her eyes, having to pedal the bike, steer the bike all while trying to pay attention to where she is going and the world around her.
We toyed with a few ideas. One was a tricycle but finding a tricycle in her size is difficult without spending a great deal of money. The adaptive tricycles are extremely cost-prohibitive.
I scoured Amazon.com and came across this:
|Bike USA Junior Stabilizer Wheel Kit|
Last Saturday, we took turns trying Amanda on Tessa's old bike with the regular training wheels. She was so anxious and scared. We both were cramped and sore from holding onto the bike, hunched over. Reminding her to pedal. Trying to get her to steer. Watching her as she watched her shadow on the ground. I realized that this was going to be too much for her right now.
But we are not ready to leave her behind. And her sister needs to bike with both parents too. And she is too big to ride in those trailer attachments or seats.
So back to research mode. And I found this:
|Tandem Bike Attachment|
I bought it last night and paid 9.00 to have it shipped for Saturday delivery. Will post pictures and let you know how it worked out.