Mark Warner Activity Month week 1 – Go for a spin

Week 1 challenge – Go for a spin – active family on wheels (cycling, skating etc.)

When is the right moment to take the stabilisers off of children’s bicycles?

on the beach with ice creams

When they are ready, right?

Bessie is very adamant that she is not ready and quite happy to ride with he stabilisers. Alice had a go, with Daddy’s help, a while back and enjoyed it but then she tried again on her own and fell over so now she’s not convinced either.

Now that the sunny weather is out and the days are longer we decided to take a trip to our local beach over the Bank Holiday weekend with the bikes. There is a beautifully long promenade that isn’t too packed and allows for some excellent practice on the bikes.

As you can see in the video below the girls love their bikes and enjoy ‘going fast’. We make sure  they’re wearing their helmets and remind them not to ride anywhere near other people and then we just run, jog, pant to keep up with them.


So without being a pushy mum or wanting to set goals BUT wanting to encourage the girls to face their fears and start riding their bikes I am going to try various times over the summer to see if we can accomplish this.

digging holes on the beach

Looking at the situation as it is, Alice is clearly in the lead. Little Miss Independent who always wants to do things on her own might just crack it first BUT as Bessie cannot bear to be beaten there is a chance she may make a dash for the prize at the last minute and take the ‘No stabiliser’ trophy home, we’ll just have to wait and see.


Mummy found a crocodile on the beach!

This was the first weekend and the challenge was ‘Go for a spin’ as you can see it’s pretty difficult for daddy and I to get on bikes too as they need looking after so we hope this will cover the prompt. So I went for a spin class at the local sports centre one morning whilst the girls were at school and died a little bit.

making pictures in the sand

All of the runners up are being treated to a pair of Profeet running shoes – Made to Measure!! Now they would speed the school run up!

cuddles on the beach

Next week’s Mark Warner challenge

Active playtime – active family playing lively games and perhaps learning a new skill (walking the dog, hide and seek, hula hooping)

Mari’s World has been selected to take part in the Mark Warner Active Family Blogger challenge along with another 9 bloggers. The idea is to inspire other families and encourage everyone to stay fit and healthy.

Active Family Blogger Challenge

Your challenge is to commit to spending a minimum of one hour per week taking part in a designated activity as a family. We’d like you to write a blog post about your experience each week, inspiring your readers with photos and maybe even asking your children to write about their experience.

Entries will be read by a carefully selected panel of judges from Mark Warner holidays.

Judging and Prizes

Judges will be looking for a creative and inspiring approach to family fitness and the winner will be awarded a family holiday for up to four at Mark Warner’s resort in San Lucianu, Corsica


  1. Alessandra
    May 8, 2013 / 3:55 PM

    Friend of mine just emailed me today to say that her son-3 and a half- has just managed to master riding without stabilisers! I won’t be long before Alice and Bessie have another go at it.

    • Mari
      May 13, 2013 / 6:27 PM

      We’ll see, we’re in no rush and so long as they are cycling then all is good

  2. May 9, 2013 / 12:42 PM

    I really need to get my twinnies riding without stabilisers too. We took them off one bike and they both refuse to ride it now! oh dear…. Mich x

    • Mari
      May 13, 2013 / 6:27 PM

      It’s difficult to know when is the right moment isn’t it? I’m waiting for them to tell me :)

  3. Susan Mann
    May 10, 2013 / 12:25 PM

    I’m trying to get my 6 year old to ride without stabilisers, it’s not going so well so far. Your two look great x

    • Mari
      May 13, 2013 / 6:29 PM

      They still have them on too Susan but without rushing we’ll get there. I find it amazing how they can decide form one day to the next with no warning – that’s kids for you

  4. May 11, 2013 / 12:21 PM

    Loving the video! The girls look like they are having fun!
    We taught our little one on a slight hill at the country park, after a few mishaps he soon got the balance as well as pedalling :-)

    • Mari
      May 13, 2013 / 6:29 PM

      Yes, definitely long stretches of path are needed and parents who want to run a lot! It’s quite exhausting staying up with them!

  5. Lindsay Fernandez
    May 14, 2013 / 9:45 PM

    My 4 year old gave up stabilisers the day his cousins teased him about them. Till then we’d been trying to get him to try without them…but then that’s kids for you…One day he was my little baby and the next day he was all grown up. Is this how growing up is going to be?

    • Mari
      May 15, 2013 / 11:17 AM

      *sigh* – I believe it is. That is why Lindsay we must treasure every moment, I wonder if that system would work with my girls ???

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