It’s easy to learn to ride a bike if you have training wheels, or stabilisers. In fact, even if you want to push your child to practice learning to ride a bike without training wheels, he or she should use training wheels at first because it familiarizes the child with how to feel a bike and how it moves under their bodies. Having said that, an alternative technique that is quite popular at the moment is to not use training wheels, but instead to remove the pedals. This way the child becomes used to the bike but without stabilisers, which some believe can speed up the learning process.
The initial feeling can take a couple of weeks of getting used to. The last thing that you want to do is fail to pursue your child’s fascination with his bike by not forcing him to ride without training wheels. When you first take off the training wheels, make sure your child is wearing a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards. Then, stand behind the child on the grass and push him a little bit to get started. Then, see how far he can ride without falling over. However, ensure you advise your child on stopping techniques so there is a way to preclude the fall and prevent it from happening. If your child happens to fall, even on the grass, he or she could have negative experiences associated with riding a bike for years to come.
Teaching kids to ride a bike can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Parents should undertake this process with joy and fun. Pedaling, steering, and balancing are all skills that have to be learned at the appropriate stages of the learning process so that the child can get a good handle on things, pun intended. Get your child a tricycle so he can learn to ride from the time he is a toddler.
When your child finally gets the bike, and the kids bike is the best solution, then practice with training wheels, running with the child, the undersized bike approach and so on. And always outdo the safety equipment. Even put the helmet on the child when he is riding the tricycle. If he learns to accept the helmet when he is riding on the tricycle, then he will accept it in later years. Gradually introduce your child to more and more speed as you push him along on the bike when he is first learning to ride. Eventually, he will have so much speed going that he will either have to learn to balance or crash to the ground. Use the approach of riding on the grass during this interim solution until he is ready for the street. Without appropriate work on the grass, he may feel out of touch when he reaches the street.
The most important thing to remember is patience when you work with your child on his or her bike.