Taking Off The Training Wheels

Trainig WheelsWarm weather is finally here and it’s a great time to gear up the family for bike riding.  Here are a few tips that will help ease the transition to a two-wheeler.

  1. First, make sure that the child’s bike is in good condition with properly inflated tires, working brakes, and that the seat is low enough that the child can stand on the ground when the bike is not in motion.
  2. A well adjusted helmet is essential for safety and some children may need elbow and knee pads for extra comfort and protection.
  3. The “run behind” method– where the parent follows the child holding underneath the bike seat to help them balance– is a proven technique for beginning the 2-wheeler process.
  4. Plenty of praise is essential and will keep your child motivated.
  5. The best way to teach your child to bike ride and enjoy overall fitness is to lead by example so plan some family bike riding outings today!

I would love to hear your Two Wheeler Success stories!

3 replies
  1. Bridget Zarling
    Bridget Zarling says:

    Thanks so much for your response Maureen. Yes, simplicity and safety are key components when it comes to learning to ride a bike! Happy riding 🙂

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  2. Dori Mages
    Dori Mages says:

    Great simple steps!
    I also learned with my own kids that having them “coast” down an incline with their feet off the pedals teaches them to balance. My son learned in about an hour a few months before he turned 5.

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