From experience when your child is learning to ride a bike, they either pick it up really easily or they take a while. Our eldest son got his first bike when he was 1 year old. It was only on a holiday to France just before his 5th birthday that he finally mastered cycling without stablisers. Part 1 of learning to ride a bike is about how we managed to get him more confident. With our youngest we have gone down a different route so that will be part 2 when he learns! Below is what worked for our eldest, I think it all comes down to confidence.
Learning To Ride A Bike Part 1
12 Inch Bike With Stabilisers
At the age of 1 our eldest got his first bike. He rode this bike for a good few years with stabilisers on. We also attached a handle so when he got tired we could push him along. It certainly came in handy and stopped us hurting our backs!
16 Inch Bike
As he was out growing his 12 inch bike we decided to buy him a Cube 160 from our bike shop. It was lightweight and looked the part. He loved it! After a while we decided to make the stabilisers uneven.
Once he gained confidence and he could pedal properly, we then altered the stabilisers. This was to help him learn to balance. He didn’t like it at first but he soon got use to it and was whizzing about. We kept and eye on his balancing ability and when he looked like he had mastered balancing we took his stabilisers off. For a while he refused to go near it unless we pushed him along. This is when I decided to do some researching.
Crikey Bikey Harness
I then discovered the Crikey Bikey harness and he finally started making progress. As we had a holiday coming up we decided to pack him bike in the car along with the harness. With the help of daddy his confidence grew and in less than an hour he has mastered cycling. Stopping for a lunch break he kept asking to head back out. Luckily we had been staying on a campsite and hired bikes. Now there is no stopping him and he can cycle for miles!
If your child is looking for that extra bit of confidence and you need that extra bit of help then we would highly recommend the Crikey Bikey harness! It is just what our eldest needed and it saves your back trying to hold them or the saddle.
Learning To Ride A Bike Part 2?
Well for our youngest we have gone down the balance bike route. It isn’t something we thought we would do, but I wanted to see if balance bikes do really help. So you will just have to keep an eye out for a future post to see how he got on!
How did your children learn to ride their bikes?
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