Cook kids went on two wheels at age two 2010.05.19

Written by David Green.

In most households, two-year-olds are known as toddlers. Not at the Cook house. They’re thumb_cook_kids_on_bikes.jpgknown as cyclists in that family.

Wyatt was the first of the Cook kids to ditch his training wheels when he was three years old. Next came Jarett, he learned just three months after his third birthday.

When the twins, Caden and Kenden came along, their mother, Heather, knew she could do better than that.

“We got them bikes for their second birthday July 11 and by the end of August they were riding,” she said.

Riding on two wheels, that is.

Heather says it wasn’t really that hard to teach them, but she isn’t sure whether her kids have a special talent or if most youngster could learn that early.

“All four of them learned by three—what’s the likelihood of that?” she asks.

The boys all learned in the nearby Morenci Elementary School parking lot and they avoided any major injuries.

There were some spills and scrapes, said their father, Jason, but nothing that made them want to give it up.

“They have more injuries now because they’re daredevils,” Heather said, watching their circles in the driveway grow faster and faster.

Their skills continue to improve. When their mother goes off on three-mile walks for exercise, the twins are right there following on two wheels.

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