And the winner is….

Does this sound familiar to anyone?

I had my sister’s old bike with a sparkly yellow banana seat and streamers on the handlebars. I miss that bike. My dad taught me, and I still remember how great it felt to finally ride without the training wheels.

Like maybe… Stephanie!?! Congratulations Stephanie, the balance bike is all yours! I’ll be emailing you shortly, you’ll have 24 hours to respond.

Many many thanks again to Outdoor Daily Deals for sponsoring the giveaway. And thanks to everyone who took the time to enter. I wish I was Oprah and could give you all a balance bike…and a sportsmobile… This giveaway has reminded me why I don’t watch sports. It’s too hard on me when everyone can’t be a winner. Not that your not all winners… it’s just… you know what I mean. You know you can always make your own slightly less cool version of a balance bike, right?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading everyones comments. Learning to ride a bike sounds like it was a major milestone (albeit at times traumatic) for many of you, thank you so much for sharing your stories.

Unfortunately I don’t remember anything about the day I learned to ride a bike. But I’ll never forget the day my son learned; I screamed so loud in my excitement I nearly sent him flying off the sidewalk in a panic. I was so proud, emotional containment was apparently just not an option.

Oh, and did I mention I was going to turn your answers into an informal not very scientific study? I did. Actually pretty interesting… Click to enlarge.

Note: The winner was chosen using the number generator at

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  1. Lacey

    Oh Fooey!

    • I know! It was borderline traumatizing that only one person could win. If I win a million dollars in the next month, I’m sending everyone a bike.

  2. Jen

    Awesome stats! I too enjoyed reading all the stories. Great giveaway!

    • Jen – Thank’s. Glad you read the stores. Hopefully we’ll have another giveaway in the future!

  3. That was great! Love the infographic at the bottom. I should have entered: mom and dad both taught. Mine was pink… no banana seat, but lovely tassles on the handles. Sus got hers a few years later: green, great big ol’ banana seat. I remember Sus didn’t want to ride hers because it ‘looked funny’ (what, with a banana seat and all). Mom challenged all the kids in the neighborhood to a bike race–her on Sus’ funny bike, and all of us on our ‘normal bikes’. Mom kicked our little butts. After that everyone wanted to right Sus’ bike.

  4. Stephanie

    THANK YOU!!!!!! (I was totally shouting that too :) This is so exciting (and seriously the first thing I’ve ever won). Thank you so much, and I’m very honored my family is the first recipient of your first ever giveway (though sorry to cause any stress!). This is perfect timing too. My sons will love it (they’re twins).

    • Yea!! You are VERY welcome! Sounds like your boys will fight over it nicely ;) Hahahaa. I’ll send you an email to get some details. Start thinking of colors… Congrats!!

  5. This was really interesting!!

    I have been taking a break from blogging – so exciting to read all of your recent posts and see you are doing giveaways! You and Olivia are amazing!


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