Lights, Camera, Action!

Ben A local star of stage came by for a lesson today.  Ben, who plays Eric in “The Little Mermaid” at a local theater, needed to add cycling to his repertoire.  This nine-year old showed a lot of energy and listened well.  He had balance down fairly quickly and then keeping a steady wheel.  So we covered braking early in the session and I thought we had it, but not quite.  He’d take his feet off the pedals to put on the ground too soon, not allowing the coaster brake to bring the bike to a full stop.  This was his sticky part of the lesson.  I figured out part of the problem was not keeping the wheel straight when stopping (the bike swerved a little and he wanted to put his foot down faster).

My favorite moment of every lesson was quite euphoric today.  When Ben sensed he was riding without my help, he shouted out “Oh my God, I’m riding!”  We built on that quickly and he had all aspects going well by lesson’s end.  With some practice this week, it will all come naturally. 

Congrats, Ben, enjoy riding along with acting.  Break a leg acting–brake with pedals cycling!

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