I’m sure everyone in Northern Ireland is aware of the looming Giro d’Italia start which is happening in May. For those of you who don’t know, this is the Italian equivalent of the Tour de France, or in really simple terms, a bicycle riding competition. It’s not really my cup of tea…
Mr C however, is very excited! He likes to think of himself as a bit of a cycling enthusiast. Of course, you can be as enthusiastic as you like, but unless you ‘get on your bike’, and do it regularly, your not really much more than a middle aged man out for a bike ride! I shouldn’t poke fun. He did cycle the whole way around Lough Neagh a couple of years ago – no mean feat I assure you!
Such as it is, Mr C has had a little bee in his bonnet about buying Lewis a new bike. Although Lewis has one, it really is too small for him, and he just scoots it along the ground instead of pedalling. However, his reluctance to pedal, was, in part, fuelling my reluctance to fork out a wad of cash to buy a new one! After all, at the age of four, a bike does only last a couple of years before it needs replacing, again!
So when we saw a used little boys bike selling locally, for a fraction of the cost of a new one, we snapped it up. It didn’t have any stabilisers on it, so we needed to remedy that, but it is a lovely little bike. It looks so boyish, and when Lewis goes on it, he looks so grown up. Where has my little toddler gone too? He absolutely loves his bike, you can just tell by the little smile on his face, and the fact that he has been talking about it incessantly since its arrival!
He was even pedalling it around the street – his feet don’t reach the ground when he is sitting on the seat, so he has to use the pedals! Result!
So, it would appear that I have been holding Lewis back. In my eyes he was too small to be cycling about on a bicycle, even though I know plenty of children his age and younger do! With every week that passes it seems I have yet another indicator that my little boy is growing up.
Mr C mentioned that they were encouraging people to cycle into town to watch the passing Giro d’Italia. I don’t think Lewis will be ready for that! Maybe next time…