Teaching them to ride

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Postby TheGeneralist » Tue Jun 07, 2011 09:59 am

etapechamp wrote:A tag a long works well too, the kids have a great ride whilst buillding confidence, and increasing their strength, which is also important for balance,


Hmmm, I'd always assumed that tag alongs were just bought by people who want to continue to get their enjoyment from cycling, and weren't so bothered about whether the kids get anything from it.

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Postby baudman » Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:13 pm

Tagalongs? Kids can learn balance (particularly, leaning when turning). When to get out of the saddle (bumps, rises etc). Hand signals. Head checks. They can learn a lot from being on a tagalong - provided the person in front of them leads a good example, that's cool 8)

But, as mentioned previously, I prefer a TrailGator as you can (generally) attach that to a decent bike, which can then also be ridden detached. (Although, it appears, people have varied experiences with them).
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Postby baudman » Thu Jun 23, 2011 03:04 am

And the whole Runbike/balance bike concept... not just for kids.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/20/nyreg ... .html?_r=2
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Postby motopatter » Thu Jul 07, 2011 20:59 pm

baudman wrote:And the whole Runbike/balance bike concept... not just for kids.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/20/nyreg ... .html?_r=2


I guess for most of us we have great memories of riding from a young age.

Although a bit pished right now I am genuinely lifted and happy to read these 'oldies' have learned the joy of riding a bike :D :D :D

I wish my son would prefer riding his own bike rather than balance bike or tag-along, but I don't push him as I don't want to turn him off. (he loves the tag-along and I pick him up from child minders most days on it and his transport to school is still often balance bike over walking or scooter (btw these are very good - http://www.johnlewis.com/230407860/Prod ... urce=63258 and suitable from a very young age)
wave your willy here !!!! :)

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Postby Nano » Fri Jul 15, 2011 21:28 pm

Threw stabilisers in the bin and tied a winter scarf around her waist and held onto the back of it and ran with her just taking her weight when she leaned and putting her back on balance. Took a week off daily runs to be able to ride. Next child had a balance bike delivered last week and doesn't even know the word stabiliser :lol:

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Postby baudman » Mon Aug 15, 2011 21:58 pm

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And, another one is off! (2y5m)

And a good article here on getting kids started young
http://www.bakfiets-en-meer.nl/2011/04/ ... -em-young/
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Postby ruthier » Wed Sep 21, 2011 21:42 pm

I'd totally recommend a balance bike too, both my kids were riding their isla bikes by about 3.5yrs, before that they loved their Puky bikes (they were such a good buy, my boy who is almost 4 still loves bombing around on it1). The balance bike (Puky) gave them the balance and the rest seemed to come naturally :0)

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http://www.pukyonline.co.uk/?gclid=CL2VqKCmr6sCFQUNfAod6GImKg

Really recommend the Isla bikes too

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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby matt@theforce » Wed Dec 21, 2011 21:02 pm

Our eldest learnt the basics of pedaling on his bike with stabilisers & once removed he rode without them within a weekend.

Our youngest rode on a trailer bike and has never had stabilizers, when he started riding his bike without stabilisers his major problem like most kids is setting off. After a weekend at the local recreation field (on a slope) he learnt how to set off and has never looked back

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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby Bikeskills » Thu Jan 26, 2012 17:54 pm

One of the things we, at BIKESKILLS, have found, is that if you can provide kids with positive images of what they're riding will be [i]like[i] once they learn, they often get and stay excited about the learning focusing on how much fun it will be in the future. To that end we make videos from time to time about the fun of riding, and only the fun. Here's one about a first-ever-ride: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB-V927rLvA

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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby funxta » Sat Mar 03, 2012 08:43 am

Thanks for all of the great info. I have a son of a similar age and I feel that he is ready to progress to riding without stabilisers. I hadn't thought about removing the pedals, which is a brilliant idea. I guess I'll be busy this weekend then! Thanks again. :)

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Postby baudman » Fri Mar 23, 2012 04:26 am

Nice succinct video of the 'remove the pedals' method.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... k1xZbahf0#!

And it seems, Yehuda (well, Thistle at least) is also a fan. Fizz, notsomuch ;)
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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby JoeCarter247 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 09:49 am

My son has just turned 5. Do you think he should be able to ride already?

He struggles with the balance and keeping his feet on the pedals. Plus he had a fall and that has knocked his confidence.

Any help and advice would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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Postby Mike Healey » Mon Apr 09, 2012 16:07 pm

Just use the standard advice on this thread.

Kids usually rie when they're ready and this can be 3, 4, 5 ,,,,etc. Just make sure that he can reach the groung easily when you've taken the pedals off. This will give him the confidence that he will be able to stop himself falling. Finding a gentle slope leading onto level ground is good as he would be able to get up a little speed which will enable him to begin to balance with his feet off the ground.

Once he can do that and change direction while balancing, he'll be ready to have his pedals back on.

Once he does that, he will, at first, probably need a helping hand, but never, ever, push the bike, which will then go where you are pushing it, which is not necessarily exactly the same direction he is steering it. A light push on his upper back will be sufficient.

One coaching mantra we always use is "look ahead, not down". The latter makes for more wobbles.

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Postby Paulf1566 » Thu May 03, 2012 19:51 pm

I have boys aged 13, 8 and 5. Found it really hard to teach the first two and as such they both were late cycling. However, we came across a balance bike and we used this for our youngest. He had his balance aged 2/3 and when we tried him on a proper bike, he picked it up amazingly quickly. Within half an hour! We were stunned at the difference, he loves it and is probably the best cyclist of the three. Convinced the balance bike made the difference.
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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby Daz555 » Mon May 07, 2012 22:32 pm

Big + to balance bikes for me. My eldest is 4 and already riding confidently on pump tracks on his Islabikes Cnoc 16 after learning all he needed on his cheapo balance bike from about 2.5 years. My youngest is 2 and she is currently moving from the "walking" stage to the "striding" stage on her balance bike - she'll be picking her feet up in no time I'm sure.
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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby Simon E » Fri Jun 01, 2012 13:24 pm

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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby passout » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:19 am

One more advocate of balance bikes (or regular bike without cranks / pedals) here. My 2nd child benefited from using my first as a guinea pig! Best way I found is:

1) Start with balance bike - around 3 yrs (maybe even from 2)
2) At 4 yr supplent this with a tag along - so they are usede to pedaaling too [means the eldest can have decent ride too]
3) Very soon after (still at 4 in my case, maybe 5) get them on a proper bike (without stabilisers)

My youngest did this, got on a proper bike for the first time & just rode it - no drama, no falls. Only issue was getting on & seeting off. After a week or so she was even doing this by herself. This was all done with realtively little imput from me - most her skills were learnt by herself in our garden.
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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby LucyHatherton » Fri Jul 20, 2012 12:16 pm

Hi guys! I’m a young parent about to embark on the dreaded/excited journey that is teaching my two little girls, and one boy, to cycle! Does anyone have any tips for me? And before you ask, yes, I am prepared for the endless hours I’m going to have to spend as they get more and more confident! Thanks! Lucy

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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby baudman » Sun Jul 22, 2012 02:50 am

Yeah, read this thread ;) LOL
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