Biking w/o training wheels advice needed

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Registered: 02-05-2004
Biking w/o training wheels advice needed
Sat, 06-30-2007 - 8:53pm


Is anyone out there trying to teach a child to ride a bike without training wheels? I took the training wheels off of my 6 year old twins' bikes today and they did not pick it up as I had expected. They are girls and good bike riders. Does anyone have any tips on how to help them out with this? Any recent success stories? They are frustrated but I am telling them it might take awhile.



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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 07-18-2007 - 1:06pm

Hello, Cathy! What a great milestone you're embarking upon!!! =) I, personally, am not good at teaching bike riding because I hold on to the kids too long and they can see I am "waiting for the right moment"

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Registered: 03-21-2007
Wed, 07-18-2007 - 11:57pm

Not sure if you can do what we did but we got a "co rider" tandem. It attaches to an adult bicyle but has a full wheel, handlebars and pedals(just like a regular tandem). We took Olivia (6.5) out on bike trails and within a month she had the confidence and balance to ride her bike without training wheels. We still use the co rider on trails and for family biking outings but she can ride her bike with her buddies now. We're all thrilled. We didn't buy the tandem attachment for that purpose. We did it simply for our own convinience as she hated her bike trailer but it worked like a dream.

A friend of mine swears by having the child sit on the bike but not use the pedals (someone told her to remove them but I think she just had her dd not use them)~just push it along with their feet til they get balance. She said her daughter learned quickly that way.

Good luck!!!
Cheryl, Olivia's mom

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Registered: 05-05-2004
Mon, 07-30-2007 - 9:16am
My dd was VERY scared about having her training wheels taken off so we had to ease her into it. My cousin actually taught her so I can't take credit, but this is how she did it. After we took the training wheels off Lynn got her bike out and showed dd how to just sit on the bike with both feet on the ground, then she had her just walk it (while sitting on the seat). DD would then just push it around and when she got comfortable and going fast enough she would pick her feet up and coast. For days she rode around like this (with Lynn on her bike doing the same thing). When she got the feel of balancing it she just started pedaling!
It really helped for us to have an "outsider" teach her because she gives up too quickly for me and DH. But with Lynn she liked spending time with her so riding bikes was an excuse to hang out with her. Plus dd just does things easier for other people.