Teach your Kids to ride on a balance bike
Taught 3 of my 4 with pedal bikes and stabilizers – no 2 taught himself at 3 to ride his big sisters bike when he was waiting for his new bike for his birthday. Scary day in the park with a small boy riding a huge bike that he couldn’t pull the brakes on – but he survived.
However balance bikes actually make me broody – but I figure it is wrong to want another child just so you can buy them a balance bike, will have to wait till im a grandma! I just think they are brilliant shame mine missed the chance to have a goPosted 4 years agojonathanSubscriber
Cloudnine: she doesn’t look that happy about it. Did you pick her up on her fore/aft weight balance? 😉
Whatever they want I ride is the best solution you’ll get. Ours both loved the balance bike, which was great. Both started from about 20 months and both on pedals before 3 1/2.
Willy waving videos…
Number 1 – pretty much real time of first ever ride on pedals.
Number 2 – much earlier onto pedals as he wanted to do what big bro did. Which was great, but back breaking as I had to chase after him to catch him when he stopped as he couldn’t reach the ground 😉Posted 4 years ago
From accounts from my brother and parents, I started on stabilisers for about 2 hours with my first bike and just got frustrated that they stopped me leaning properly when turning. My brother took them off and I rode off fine.
Can’t see why balance bikes are any different from normal bikes. You can scoot along and put your feet up with both,but one then lets you pedal off?Posted 4 years agopeabrainMember
But when you have young/small toddlers a normal bike is too small to let them get their feet to the ground.
I’ll join in the willy waving (sans willy). Balance bike at 19 months, pedal bike (no stabilisers) at 22 months. And at 3, this:
*edit* oops sorry just seen this is an old thread brought up by spam…Posted 3 years agoScamperMember
Tried my eldest on a balance bike when he turned two and he really struggled, not helped by me not giving him enough practice. Left it 6 months over the winter, tried again, and now has picked it up really quickly with big improvements each time and I have to run to keep up with him now. Went to an inner city park at the weekend and he was the youngest on a `bike’, and with the looks he got most people appear not to have seen a balance bike before which was surprising.Posted 3 years agojimfrandiscoMember
Seeing as this thread as popped up again – any tips for getting kids onto the balance bike.Posted 3 years ago
Never mind the transition to pedal bikes, we can’t get little ‘un on the balance bike.
Despite best efforts she doesn’t get the concept of just sitting down and moving legs, scooting.
Instead she just stands over the saddle and walks the bike around – which of course is awkward and pointless so she just loses interest by the end of the drive.
Any pointers? Assume just getting her out with other kids on balance bikes and hoping she wants to copy them?tonydMember
Both of ours went through the same. We kept their (clean) balance bikes in the house for the first few months while they walked around on them, it was over winter mind. You just need to be patient and walk with them, eventually they’ll sit down and ‘walk’ then they’ll lift legs occasionally, or just one leg, then before you know it they’re off.
Fitting a bell works wonders for interest levels too.Posted 3 years agoScamperMember
My son also just stood up walking round on it. Apart from lowering the seat and encouraging him to sit down I didn’t try anything specific. I think the main difference was getting him on a surface outside where there is less resistance on the tyres and slightly downhill. Then he just sat down and shuffled before working out how to walk the bike with both legs momentarily off the ground.Posted 3 years agojimfrandiscoMember
Hadn’t thought of raising the seat – seems counter intuitive but makes a lot of sense as guess they’ll be more inclined to sit without thinking about it…and adding a bell, great idea.Posted 3 years ago
Will try both of those – obviously there’s no rush, but would make a nice change not to have to carry the thing around the park..ads678Subscriber
My lad had a balance bike from about 18 months and was riding a pedal bike just after he was 3. Took him a few goes to stop pedaling backwards though.
My daughter though, couldn’t give a toss about riding either her balance bike or her pedal bike! She just wants to sit on mummys bike, the lazy mare!
Horses for courses I guess.Posted 3 years agokcrMember
Seeing as this thread as popped up again – any tips for getting kids onto the balance bike.
I would say don’t try and force it. Just make sure the balance bike is available and eventually they will pick it up and use it when they are ready.Posted 3 years ago
Scooting is definitely the best way to learn, because you don’t have to try and teach balance; the child can acquire it themselves by initially walking the bike around and naturally progressing to paddling their feet, scooting and gliding. Stabilisers take control away from the child and remove feedback, delaying the acquisition of balance.
If the child is tall enough, an ordinary bike with the pedals removed works well. For younger kids, balance bikes let them get started earlier.kcrMember
Jyrobike looks like a rather complex and expensive solution in search of a problem, and like stabilisers, it just appears to be an “aid” that gets in the way of learning how to balance.Posted 3 years ago
Expensive electronic gyroscope with wireless controller versus simply putting the saddle down and getting your feet flat on the ground!garage-dwellerSubscriber
As kcr you really cannot force it just leave it available and at some point they may pick it up and try. My eldest ignored his for about three months as first time he tried it was a bit big. Then off he went on his own terms.
He rode a proper bike with stabilisers for a year alongside the balance bike (which he could balance stationary) because he wanted to pedal but wasnt ready in his head to do it on just two wheels.
A few days before his fourth birthday he said I am big I don’t ride on stabilisers and off they came and five minutes later that was it. It was infuriating for me seeing him on stabilisers because I knew he had the balance and Co ordination but I wanted to fuel his desire to ride ahead of all else. The important thing is he had fun.
The youngest is just on the balance bike and also checking out big brothers old stabiliser equipped hot rock.
If he wants to go for it on stabilisers then he will get my blessing because it’s supposed to be fun for them not point scoring for parents.
Cracking skills by the 3yo above. Just teaching my eldest how to make use of his body weight a bit more but chapeau.Posted 3 years ago
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