P.D. asks from Detroit, MI on November 12, 2010
When Do Children Start Riding Bicycles?
I've heard that there are now balance bikes or bikes with no pedals, but when do children learn to ride bikes with pedals? I ask because my husband is considering buying our kids bikes for Christmas. Since it is cold and snows in MI. in the winter, we would actually not start using them until May when they're 3.5. I was wondering if we should start bikes then or the following May when they are 4.5?
K.H. answers from Detroit on November 14, 2010
I would say 3 1/2 is plenty big to ride a small bike with training wheels. My 3 1/2 year old had a tricycle at 2 1/2 that she outgrew last summer and we got her a little bike over the summer. She still uses the training wheels but she rides it around in the garage and driveway almost every day.
Personally though, unless you have a basement that they can ride in, I'd wait and have it be either Easter or Birthday presents so they don't have to sit & stare at their presents all winter. Get them something they can use in the house or in the snow for Christmas. :)
S.L. answers from New York on November 13, 2010
kids should learn to use pedals it's a great skill for alternating diff sides of the body- an O.T could explain it better
A.S. answers from Detroit on November 13, 2010
My son received his first 12" bike at his 2 year old bday party in May (with training wheels). I thought that was too early...but he received it from my MIL. He started on it that summer. He started without training wheels just before his 4th bday. I say start sooner than later b/c it's great for their gross motor development. As a side note, his three year old preschool class had a "bicycle day" at the end of the year when everyone brought in their bikes to ride. 90% of those kids had a bike of some sort (most with training wheels). Only 1 or 2 kids were riding a tricycle or big wheel. Hope that helps!!
L.S. answers from Spokane on November 12, 2010
My 4 year old has ZERO interest in riding her bike. We tried repeatedly all summer, but no-go. The only down-side to buying a bike now would be that your kids may not be interested until the bikes are too small.
I always disliked the idea of bikes for Christmas....unless you live where it's warm and never snows, it's a gift that the poor kids have to just LOOK at for months! :)
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J.R. answers from San Diego on November 12, 2010
A friend of mine got the balance bike for her son when he was 2 1/2. He was riding a regular bike with no training wheels when he was 3 1/2. I think it just depends on the kid.
My son didn't get the hang of pedaling on a tricycle until after he was 3. I know it's going to take him a lot longer to learn to ride without training wheels, but he loves his bike - with pedals and training wheels. He got it for his 4th birthday.
R.M. answers from Modesto on November 12, 2010
one of mine started at 5 and the other at 4.
T.S. answers from Sacramento on November 12, 2010
My son rode a bike right after he turned 3. He rode on a wooden balance bike for about a month and then switched to a regular two-wheeler. That said, he IS very coordinated and always have been.
If they're interested, go ahead and get them the bikes. Given my experience with the balance bike, I'd say it was fantastic, but in hindsight I would have just gone straight to a little bike. Keep the seat low and they can push around with their feet on the real thing :)
Now that he's almost 5 more kids are riding bikes without trainers, so I think probably 4.5-6 is pretty normal for a two-wheeler.
S.W. answers from Detroit on November 12, 2010
Not sure what a balance bike is, but a regular two wheeler with training wheels sounds great for your kids. Everyone I know had their kids riding those kind by 3, my 5 year old still has training wheels(he is to scared to try without) and my 3 1/2 year old wants his off but is not ready at all. They also loved the big wheels a lot.
J.W. answers from Dallas on November 12, 2010
We started with tricycles at 2. Training wheels and 4 and you are on your own at 6. This is going to be different for each kid though. Really it take some longer to figure out the balance and coordination of it all.
J.S. answers from Minneapolis on November 12, 2010
My son was 4 when he started with training wheels, then at 5 we took them off. He's great on it after a summer of riding.
3.5 seems young to me. My second was 3 all summer (he'll be four next month), and had no interest in the two wheel bike (with training wheels), but rode a trike and by the end of the summer, he's really good on it.
J.L. answers from San Diego on November 12, 2010
I'm... err... Santa is bringing a bike for Christmas which coincides with her 4th b-day. She's asking for one so that indicates to me, its time. And, its warm and never snows: ) This is an opportunity for my dtr and I to start riding together. I figure w/ training wheels and practice we'll get on some good paths soon. Interested in what mum4ever wrote about the cerebellum!