My sweet boy learned how to ride a bike last week. He’s even got the farmer tan to prove it. He will be 4 years old in June. I’m not sure if we should be thrilled or scared that he has learned how to ride a bike at such an early age, as I worry about his safety. The biggest plus is the fact that he LOVES to wear things on his head (he should have been a girl) so getting him to wear a helmet is easy. It might be his favorite part. Anyway, it has been fun for all of us to cheer him on. Learning to ride a bike is just one of those milestones that are fun to check off the list. We taught him the same way we taught Avery how to ride a bike.
Here’s a few things that were so helpful in teaching both of our kids how to ride a bike, in case this is something on your Summer To Do List for someone in your family.
5 Key Tips for Learning How To Ride A Bike
1. Start with a small bike. The smaller the better. Your child should be able to have both feet flat on the ground. You might want to get a bigger bike to save money because they can grow into it, but this will make it harder to learn.
2. Don’t waste your time with training wheels. They give a false sense of security and they slow down the process.
3. Take the actual pedals off. Let them learn how to balance first. This is the key (I believe) to actually learning to ride a bike. They do sell bikes without pedals, but save yourself the money and just take your pedals off. Once they learn how to balance, you can put the pedals back on.
4. Learn on a driveway or street with a slight decline. This helps to get the wheels rolling.
5. No pressure from parents. Once you take the pedals off, let them be on their own. Whether it be a trip down to the mailbox or to visit the neighbors, invite them to get the bike out. No pressure is key.
Have you tried the method of taking the pedals off to help teach how to ride a bike? Or do you have any other little tips that you think are key in learning how to ride a bike?