How do I teach a 6 yr old to ride a bike?
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Connie - posted on 01/31/2011
I started off with a Skuut bike - any small bike with no pedals will do. They power the bike by their feet pushing off the ground. This way they learn to balance really well and can move straight to a two wheeler bike with no training wheels. You can try this technique with your son if he is having trouble balancing. If he already has good balance, he can probably move to a two wheeler with ease and a little patience.
I took the advice of my sister, who taught her 3 kids how to ride. If you are using training wheels, when you decide to take them off, start out on grass. It's a slower surface, and if they do fall down, then at least it's a softer landing. We went to a park with a big, grassy area so my daughter could ride in a straight line. If they've been riding with training wheels, you can just hold onto the back of the seat with one hand to help steady them, and then run along side for until they build up speed. If they have never ridden, no training wheels, then you might want to start out with one hand on the handle bars and the other on the back of the seat (to help steer a bit). It's going to take a few tries, at least. If you or your child gets too frustrated, take a break and do something else for awhile.
One thing that happened to my daughter was that she took a bad fall early in the learning process. She got really scared of bikes for awhile, and I didn't force it on her. She came back to it when some of her friends started riding and she wanted to ride with them. I don't think there's any one way to teach, but I do think they have to want to learn and be ready to fall a couple of times before it takes. Too much fear or frustration is not going to get them there.
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