Teaching kids to ride a bike

Training wheels; Yes or No?

How do I get my kid off of her training wheels???  She loves riding, butI can not get her off the training wheels!

on September 6, 2015.

Start with getting a handle that you can attach to the back of the bike (most bike shops should sell it). That will save your back as you teach her to balance.

Once you get the bar, take the training wheels off and just have patience

on September 9, 2015.

I wish this idea was around when I was young. Start by taking the pedals off of your child’s bicycle, and have your child get used to the feel of just balancing (you may need to lower the seat if both legs can’t reach the ground to push off.) Once your child has the feel of balance, then replace the pedals and your child can learn to pedal. I did this with my son and he was off of training wheels and pedaling in one day. Here’s a video to help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlugLE4TaLA

on July 13, 2016.
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Since my little ones were infants, I have been hearing how awesome the pedal-less balance bikes are… but for some reason, when my kids were at the appropriate age to use them, they didn’t ‘take’ to the balance bikes.  As is the case with anything, I have found that every child is unique— some kids perform so well on the balance bikes, but others do well with the ‘old standard’ training wheels. The best option is to give the balance bikes a try and if they don’t ‘take’, then go back to the training wheels!

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Mine saw one of her buddies doing it and decided that she wanted to try it.  When she felt that she was ready for it I took them off.  I also lowered the seat so that she would find it easier and perhaps more comforting to be able to get her feet on the ground to rebalance herself when needed.  I let her practice on the lawn before heading out onto the street.  That both helped to cushion the falls and allowed her to concentrate on balance and pedaling without having to worry about traffic.

Daddy-O Parent Contributor Commented on September 7, 2015.
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I don’t believe in training wheels. Start them on a regular bike ASAP

jconnell Parent Contributor Commented on September 5, 2015.
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I waited until my daughter was ready to jump on an appropriately sized bike and just start pedaling and give it a shot.  Within ten minutes she was shakily riding around the driveway and within a few days she was confident enough to ride a little on the street.  It’s all about timing, don’t push it.

DamagedDad Parent Contributor Commented on September 9, 2015.
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The idea of starting on the grass is great. I also heard a baseball field on the dirt path is good

dadlife Parent Contributor Commented on September 11, 2015.
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