Teach your Kids to ride on a balance bike
Well, child number 1 took literally years to learn to ride a bike via the normal stabalisers route. She fell off a few times early on, lost her confidence then lost interest and only just learned last winter at 6 yrs old. Child 2 who is just 4 has been on a balance bike for the last year, blasting round lifting up her legs and coasting for as long as the momentum carried her. Got her on a pedal bike today and she was off straight away, literally no help from me apart from getting her set off. Brilliant, definitely the best way for a child to learn to ride.Posted 4 years agoTiRedMember
Whilst balance bikes are fun, I’ve never seen the need. Taught many many children to ride with conventional stabilizers. Once they can pedal, and can coast on a scooter, it’s a small jump of about 4x10min to riding without stabilizers full time.
Just steer the direction you are falling. Kids can understand that.Posted 4 years agoTheLittlestHoboMember
My boy could ride his normal bike about 2wks after his 4th birthday. His sister could ride hers before her 4th birthday. She could ride no handed before her 5th birthday as well .
What did I deduct from this? Nothing, if a kid ENJOYS being on a bike it just needs 2wheels and the ability to steer. The kid will take care of the rest. My daughter did so well because she loves her biking AND she has a big brother to show her and give her the extra, older brother can do it so I can kick up the backside.
Everything else is parents wallet and pride talkingPosted 4 years agodibboidMember
I did with my daughter. But my son was 7 when he learnt with normal stabilisers, then about 4 weeks later my daughter did it straight off at the age of 3.5 😀
apologies as neither of them have beards but both ride ss.
taken today after they cycled a mile to the park first then after riding round it playing then they cycled back.
Ftw 🙂 *proud dad*Posted 4 years agogeologistMember
Don’t agree, my lad is 4 and has just about learnt to ride a bike after using stabilisers for 6 months, he was not interested in his balance bike one bit! As soon as he got a hotrock with stabilisers he loved it. I reckon in the next week he will have stabiliser free riding cracked.Posted 4 years agothemiloMember
Have to agree. Granted each child is different but it took a lot longer to transition from stabilizers than from balance bike (literally the first attempt). Mate of mine bough standard bike, took pedals off and used it as a balance bike for a few months until little un was cruising around. Sold him the idea of pedals on the grounds that he’d be able to go faster and off he went – first crack again. I think it’s def the best way.Posted 4 years agoLucasSubscriber
I think that the best thing about a balance bike is that little kids can go much faster than on a normal bike with stabilizers. This means they can keep up, enjoy it more so want to do it more. Our 26 month old loves his balance bike, he loves it as he can go faster than his walking mum and dad and keep his 4 (just) year old brother in sight who is on a pedal bike. He can do about 5 to 6 km on it and get up steeper hills than his brother on peddles.
The 4 year old was exactly the same, he progressed to a pedal bike on his third birthday and rode it straight away. Isla bikes are the best things we have bought for our kids, so worth it.Posted 4 years ago
Ours were on balance bikes from just after 1st birthday, and switched to pedal bikes at around 2.5 yrs, taking about 20 mins to switch to pedals. Only issue is that they were too small for their feet to reach the ground, so a few faceplants, but nothing too bad…
IMO Stabilisers are a waste of time, as its the balance that is important, not the pedalling.Posted 4 years ago
Yes, we are all individuals.
But, teaching a kid to ride a bike using stabilisers is simply out of date. From teaching adults and kids to ride bikes from scratch, you start with balance, then progress to pedalling, brakes then gears. They’ll get there in the end whichever way, just quicker on a balance bike, in most cases.Posted 4 years agobackinirelandMember
Our wee man had balance bike from 1.5 was pedalling without stabilizers 3 months before 3rd birthday
He had other pedal things like a trike and tractors which taught pedalling, first time on with stabilizers he had major crash as tried to lean the same way as leaned balance bike so we got rid of those quickly
Our 2nd is showing no interest in balance bike at 2.5!
they’re all different!Posted 4 years agoGrahamSSubscriber
I have a problem.
Daughter, 3, was just starting to get the hang of her balance bike: feet were starting to come up for little scoots etc.
Then she accidentally spotted the pedal bike I had hidden in the shed ready for the next step. 😕
Now I can’t get her interested in the balance bike. That’s “for babies” and she just wants to ride the pedal bike, with stabilisers, badly. To be fair she can do a mile on it, but she tips alarmingly from stabiliser to stabiliser and needs me running along next to her for when that goes wrong.
Thoughts? Should I try and get her back on to the balance bike?Posted 4 years agoHarry_the_SpiderSubscriber
We did the balance bike thing with the boy. Transition to pedals took a little time as he couldn’t turn the cranks properly, but he got it after a couple of hours of trying.
The best bit about the balance bike for us that it extended our range. Aged 2 he could do a 4 mile ride whilst we pushed his baby sister in the pram.Posted 4 years agoorena45Subscriber
I bought a balance bike for my then 2.5 year old last summer but she’s never wanted to ride it as it’s “too scary”. This year, been trying to get her to try it again and she says she want a bike with pedals, like daddy. Seems that seeing daddy ride a bike with pedals, she’s concluded that one without is dangerous 🙁Posted 4 years agohjghg5Member
This may be my task tomorrow. My sister and BIL aren’t bike people so I am in charge of getting my nephew (4) on 2 wheels.
I bought him a balance bike, and he got the hang of it slowly. Then I got him an islabike for his 4th birthday. We took him out for a session and he didn’t just get it, but was making some progress. Then we went home and because he hadn’t got it straight away they put some stabilisers on rather than persevering. He bombs round on it and loves it, but isn’t really balancing.
Tomorrow I’m looking after him all day, so the aim is to get him riding without them!Posted 4 years agoadjustablewenchMember
3 of my four learned on bikes with stabilisers – but never had the stabilisers on for that long. My other one learnt on his older sisters bike when he was about 4, by literally picking it up and trying until he could ride it. He was too small to pull the brakes or touch the floor whilst on the saddle but just wanted to ride a bike.
The sad bit is that whilst his sister carried on and still rides, has done a season in morzine and generally loves being on two wheels (has also done her cbt and is looking to get a bike). My eager 4 year old is now 20 and barely rides – even though he has use of my old orange. It makes me feel quite sad but I hope like many other teenage quirks it will be something he grows out of!
The youngest 2 are still very keen and are after road bikes atm . . . They are all different as has been said beforePosted 4 years agoTheArtistFormerlyKnownAsSTRSubscriber
Typically STW – my way is best!
I guess both are fine methods if they get your sprog riding bikes.
Can’t remember how old ours was when we took the stabilisers off (4 or 5), but it was really easy for her – got it 1st time.
I can see the merits of a balance bike though, so if it works for you, great!Posted 4 years agoMoreCashThanDashSubscriber
Both ours were slow, but I was nearly 8 when I learnt.
Eldest started on a heavy Raleigh Ollie with stabilisers, lost interest, outgrew bike.
Got him a decent bike that fitted (Ridgeback MX16), took of the pedals, watched him coasting down the hill on the playing field after a couple of goes. Put the pedals back on and away he went, just before he turned 6.
His sister went the scooter bike route and was riding by 5 years old. She is 7 tomorrow and is getting a 20″ Carrera Luna having outgrown her brothers old Ridgeback. It will be appearing on the classifieds after Christmas so it can hopefully go on to a good home!Posted 4 years agoyossarianMember
Well seeing as everyone is willy waving…
Both my lads were just under 4 years old when they learned to ride a proper bike (islabike cnoc 14). Both used a balance bike and the youngest in particular was quite partial to plonking his bum down on the saddle, lifting his legs up and doing a little track stand in front of the telly whilst watching cartoons.
Brilliant things, IMO the best way by a mile.
Youngest is 5 and a half now and is getting a micro mini race BMX for Christmas. It’s all he wants 🙂Posted 4 years agocloudnineSubscriber
I have my 9 month old in training. She has special leg strengthening exercises and her own strava account. She’s been standing for the last few months and can walk pretty well now.. wouldnt be suprised if shes copying her big sisters next summer on one of the balance bikes and should have a few KOMs by the time shes 3..Posted 4 years ago
Eldest practising Skids @ climachX..ianvMember
Stabilisers are not that good but you don’t need a balance bike. Either put some time in running behind keeping the kid upright while they pedal or take the cranks off for a bit. My physio had his daughter riding at 2 1/2, she was keen and she was getting grief from her older sister, my son learnt early because he hated his stabilisers.
Balance bikes might be fun for kids but they are definitely not the only way for a kid to learn.Posted 4 years ago
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