A.D. asks from Parker, CO on May 07, 2008
M.H. answers from Colorado Springs on May 08, 2008
With my two boys we started by adjusting the training wheels so that they were a little higher so that they had to begin to learn to balance without falling over. My oldest was riding 2 wheels by the time he was 3 and my youngest was 4. My youngest didn't even know that we took the training wheels off. He just got on and rode away.
K.H. answers from Salt Lake City on May 08, 2008
I asked this question a while ago and got several responses... I will be happy to tell you what I was told. 1. Take training wheels and pedals off and let the child coast learning to balance first.
2. Take 1 training wheel off and while they are riding, walk/run along side where there is no training wheel.
3. Keep training wheels on but raise them so that they are not on the ground like the bike tires are.
D.K. answers from Denver on May 08, 2008
I am doing this now with my almost seven year old daughter! It is exhausting but I am just running behind her holding on and letting her go without training wheels, I have let her go a few times and she went without falling then when she noticed she panicked and then tipped over. I was worn out by the end of the weekend but I keep hearing to keep trying.
We started at first taking one side off and staying on that side with them, then I took both off! Let me know if you find a secret method as I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW! :)
R.H. answers from Salt Lake City on May 08, 2008
I just taught both my boys (7 & 5) to ride their bikes. By far the best advice I read was to lower their seats as low as they would go and have them practice lifting their feet as they coasted down the driveway (I have a really long driveway - we also practiced in a nearby parking lot). Then I drew lines for them to try to keep their feet up "this long". Then, have them practice stopping. Then when they can use brakes and coast, have them try to peddle. My 7 year old took about a week (I took the pressure off myself) my 5 year old took about two hours on coasting practice and then another hour the next day until he was off and running. It took a lot of patience on my part (but I didn't spend one minute running behind the bike!) but I am so glad I took the time. They LOVE being outside riding their bikes now. Good luck!
G.E. answers from Billings on May 08, 2008
This trick worked wonders for our youngest three children (ages 5,6 & 7), I just wish I would have known about it for my oldest 2 children!
After your son has mastered riding his bike with training wheels, do the following: Put seat in the lowest position. Take off both training wheels. Completely remove the pedals from the bike.
Let your son ride his newly "remodeled" bike around the yard much like the scooting toddler toys he used to ride. At first, he will probably not let his feet leave the ground, but that's ok. Soon he will get more comfortable and start to "glide" a bit. After he is gliding most of the time, and isn't putting his feet down as much, reattach the pedals. Remind him to pedal hard as he's starting out, and of course, remind him that you will be there to help him if he needs it, but I bet he won't.
This trick sounds "nutso", but we used this trick with our now 5-year old son last summer and he was riding without training wheels in less than a day. Good luck!
J.L. answers from Denver on May 08, 2008
I have 5 children and the last two I taught on grass. It's harder to pedal, but if they fall it's a softer landing. My last child learned in the greenbelt. Once he got the balancing figured out, he just kept pedaling and didn't run out of grass. It was then an easy transition to go to the street.
J.N. answers from Salt Lake City on May 08, 2008
How's it going? If he's having a really hard time, you may want to take a step back and slow down...5 is really quite young and his little muscles may not be quite ready for it. On the other hand, if he is seeming to be doing ok, go for it! What we did was teach our kids first how to start out. The whole coordination between lifting the foot, pushing the pedal, aiming the wheel, and getting balance, is the hardest thing. Once they could do that, all the rest of it was easy going for them!
and please...HELMET HELMET HELMET. even on a trike -- build the habit!!
S.H. answers from Grand Junction on May 08, 2008
Have the training wheels on, but not evenly (one of the training wheels off the ground a bit). This helps them practice balancing using the bikes wheels and one of the training wheels. I think it made the transition from training wheels to without them easier.Our son (at 3 1/2) and daughter (at 5) learned to ride without training wheels on this bike with the crazy training wheels.
M.S. answers from Denver on May 07, 2008
find a grassy hill. when they fall, there won't be the skin scrapes that come from pavement. And the hill takes care of them going fast enough to actually balance. Both our kids were balancing well w/in 2-3 sessions and we hadn't had to run 1/2 hunched over!
J.M. answers from Denver on May 08, 2008
My husband raised the training wheels a bit so they had to lean to the side a bit to even be using them. Eventually they were balancing well and weren't using the training wheels and wanted them off. So we took them off and off they went with no help or running behind or crashing! My boys are 7, 5 & 3 1/2. We took them off at 5 for the older two, the youngest is still getting the hang of pedaling. Hope this helps!
M.C. answers from Pocatello on May 07, 2008
My older daughter really struggled with learning to ride a bike and it took weeks of running beside her to get it. I have a 5 year old son and I wasn't looking forward to going through it again but my son surprised me and basically taught himself in just a few days. Here's how he did it. He had a small 12" bike that had training wheels that recently broke so we took them off and since we had a new 16" bike with training wheels we didn't worry about it. I noticed that my son liked the old bike and since it was now too small for him he could easlily sit on it and "ride" with both feet on the ground pushing himself. I told him one day to try to push himself and get going then put his feet up and pedal, when he felt like he was tipping , put his feet down. It worked within just a few hours he was riding like a pro and after a few days we took the training wheels off the bigger bike and he now rides it fine.