We decided this morning that it was time for my five year old to try riding his bike without stablisers, and headed off the park with his cycle and a spanner.
I took the stabilisers off, he mounted, I gave him a push start and off he went. We were both absolutely amazed, he just seemed to take to it straight away without consciously learning at all. I'll never forget the look on his face, he was gazing down over the handlebars astounded at himself.
Two minutes later a school friend turned up and they cycled off together.
I wonder if he'll ever happen on such a joyously effortless accomplishment again; I certainly can't remember ever pulling one off myself.