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Old 04-11-2019, 05:33 PM
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I learned how to ride a 2 wheeler at 5, fell a bunch of times but finally got it.

Fast forward to me being a dad, using the same method my parents used, run along beside the bike/child and let go a little at a time.

The 11 year old got it pretty quick and now rides like a demon (she's been riding for years now).

The 9 year old just cant seem to get the knack for it, we tried the above mentioned method, we tried training wheels, I took the pedals off of one bike so she could just push it along and try to balance it, so far nothing has worked. Out side of this she's a very normal kid, swims, plays sports like every other kid. Anyone have any tricks up their sleeve to help get her to balance a bike? She can reach the ground flat footed on one bike and on the balls of her feet on the larger bike so reaching the pedals isn't the issue. I'm at a loss, my wife is tired or running around with her.
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You may want to try getting her a scooter, like a razor

My daughter was having a hard time. I bought her a scooter. Like a razor but with bigger wheels. After several days she was cruising along confidently on her scooter. We took out her bike and off she went.

scooter gives them the balance control they need, without the fear of falling because they just put their foot down. Once they get that that they can ride.
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For all 3 of my kids, I raised the training wheels up so both training wheels couldn’t touch at the same time. Just a small amount at first and bit higher as time passes. Told them to try and not let the training wheels touch.
My son picked it up the fastest. Less than a week. I think it was also because he constantly rode his razor scooter.
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I had my daughter put on elbow pads and removed one training wheel and told her if she felt off balance lean to the side with the training wheel. I power walked beside her/ jogged to catch her if she was falling. Took about 4 hours till she got the hang of it. She fell a couple times without me and got minor scrapes within a couple days she had it down pat.
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More practice! With these wide tired bikes kids have these days, I taught our daughter on the front lawn at first...before the driveway and parking lot. Yup....lots of running behind 'em when your hand on the seat.

Raise those training wheels a bit up higher every few days...and just keep practicing.
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Check out the balance bikes. My 4 yo zips along On his kazam. Has been for a good year now. We have a bike with training wheels we haven’t given him yet. Thinking we’ll just remove the training wheels when we do.
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Originally Posted by 54bullwinkle View Post
You may want to try getting her a scooter, like a razor

My daughter was having a hard time. I bought her a scooter. Like a razor but with bigger wheels. After several days she was cruising along confidently on her scooter. We took out her bike and off she went.

scooter gives them the balance control they need, without the fear of falling because they just put their foot down. Once they get that that they can ride.
Agree completely! my daughters friends had no problems with their razor scooters but couldn't manage a bike.
I took the pedals off our bike and adjusted the seat, told them to ride it like a scooter, guess what? it worked!
Within 15 minutes they were both pedaling proudly down our gravel driveway.
Stick with it, it beats running next to the bike!
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Not sure how to train a kid that old. Do it young before they develop fear.

I'm 2 for 2 before they turn 3.

Buy a strider bike, they don't have pedals and have a low seat height. Go straight to a regular bike that is the proper size.

Training wheels suck. They delay things and are unnatural.
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My girls are 8 and have bikes, but I cant get them to learn. They are both autistic, and apparently that's a well known problem with autistic people. They can pedal, or steer, but cant do both at the same time.
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This is the answer:
https://gizmodo.com/gyrowheel-gyrosc...-train-5373864

Had 3 year old learn in under an hour. Flawlessly. I took it off the bike the next day. It might have been the best $100 I've spent.

There we kind of hard to find at the time. The company had some lawsuit that ran them out of business...from a quick google search, it seems they are being sold again. I kept mine, just in case we had another kid.
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Get the handle that attaches to bike and you can hold from behind. Greatest invention ever. Kid doesn’t see if you’re holding it or not. Any kid will learn to ride s bike in 30 min or less.
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We had no helmets "Back In The Day" My dad put me on a bike and gave me a good shove down a shallow hill ...LoL !!!
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just rest up a bit and start running with them them get them going and then just shove them off and ghost ride them on down the street

they may hit the light pole a few times, but they will get it eventually

that is how my friends older brother taught me
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I taught my oldest son to ride his bike on my lunch break one day, he made a ramp and jumped it that same day.

he was 4 or 5
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Keep the pedals off , never use training wheels. Training wheels will make it take 3x as long
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Originally Posted by PERSISTENCE_22 View Post
Check out the balance bikes. My 4 yo zips along On his kazam. Has been for a good year now. We have a bike with training wheels we haven’t given him yet. Thinking we’ll just remove the training wheels when we do.
try this. I have 4 kids who all started on a balance bike. Each of them went straight from the balance bike to a normal 2 wheeler with no training wheels. My youngest son transitioned from balance bike to pedal bike last summer. It took him about 5 minutes with no help from me to start peddling the bike around.
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Strider bike. single best thing i've ever bought my kids.
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I am in the same boat, I am horrible at teaching so it may partially be my fault, I over complicate things. But we did finally take the training wheels off as they used that as a crutch and also took the pedals off because the balancing part was their issue. Now they are leg driving their bikes and balancing better, so will be putting the pedals back on in a few days to try again.

I learned by teaching myself and using some lovely bushes along the sidewalk to stop my falls, but I learned. I also learned transitioning from road to sidewalk by taking a handlebar to the rib cage, still have that scar, and also that mechanical breaks eventually fail and a mailbox and address post is not the object to use to stop yourself, have that scar across my leg as well.
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