Riding a bike without training wheels?

Adele - posted on 06/17/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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How do I get my almost 6 year old son to ride his bike without the training wheels. I gives it a try, but the moment he falls he quits, he does not even want to try again. How do I give him the confidence to carry one?

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Rebecca - posted on 06/19/2009

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My daughter was 4 when she started but she wanted to do it. She fell of the a couple of months ago and now has lost all confidence in it. I went out and bought her all the safety gear, arm and knee pads so that she feels confident if she falls she wont hurt as much. I think u just have to persevere with it and just keep shouting encouragement even if they only ride a little bit. Let him know how proud u are of him and just let him do it in his own time.

Lindsey - posted on 06/19/2009

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take him on a little hill in the park and you take a book sit with your back to him down the hill and let him do it for himself dont for get the hardest part is stoppin so make sure he can use the brakes first it took my son onee hour and 12 minutes but he did it he got exited when when he peddled round a couple of times so then is tarted counting with him as the wheels went round 1 2 3 he is now 12 and funny enough fell off his bike sunday and cracked his ribs but hey boys will be boys wish him luck lol lindzi liverpool england !

Karen - posted on 06/18/2009

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Get someone else to teach him! Worked for me. Also easier on a large concrete area with a low seat so their feet are easily able to stand flat if they want to stop. Good luck!

Amber - posted on 06/17/2009

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I taught my son and my nephew how are six weeks apart in age how to ride their bikes I did some research on the internet first and found that taking them to a park with a low grade hill on the grass and have their seat put all the way down so their feet can touch flat then have them coast down the hill using their feet to catch them and tell them when they are ready to put their feet on the pedals and try to ride when they got comfortable with that I then took them to the middle school where there is a track outside and let them try to ride they both just took right off with me holding their seat to get started. It only took me one day and only about an hou down at the track before they were taking off all on their own. I also found that lots of encouragment made it so much more exciting when they were trying it helped to realize how much fun it could be.

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So far I have taught 3 of my kids to ride without training wheels, however in each case the child came to me to ask me to teach them. I think when the desire comes from them they are going to be more driven to do it. If you push too early then they will not get that desire as it is more task than fun.
One other thing to consider is if his bike is too big/heavy for him. My daughter couldn't use one of the bikes she could ride with training wheels, but she got a smaller, lighter bike and was off like a shot. She felt more comfortable and b/c both her feet could fully touch flat on the ground she wasn't so scared about falling.

Maureen - posted on 06/17/2009

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With my son, my husband took him to a park and he taught him to ride on the grass- so when he fell he didnt get hurt. When my son realized it wasnt going to hurt - he kept trying again. When he was steady enough on the grass we moved onto the cement- but ran next to him the whole way until he learned how to put his feet down to catch himself. One really big thing is to REALLY PRAISE him when he gets back up and tries again. He will get there!!!! Hang in there !!!!

JoAnn - posted on 06/17/2009

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Hi...sorry...new to circle of moms and learning how to post things.



I think that the post by Heidi is very correct. Children need to do things, whatever it is, when it's right for them and only they can decide. I also would like my 4 year old to ride his bike without training wheels like his older sister so we can go on longer bike rides and on trails (which those little training wheels don't work well on). But I have to keep reminding myself that kids have their own internal timeline for making accomplishments. So I agree with Heidi. Goodness before we know it our kids go from training wheels to driver's licenses! Enjoy his own special little timeline.



Quoting Heidi:

Kids get discouraged very easily if things don't come to them quickly. My 10 year old learned how to ride his bike without training wheels when he was 4. My husband and I had been trying for weeks to teach him, but the thing that did it for him, was watching the boys in the neighbourhood a year older then him doing it. So one evening while the kids were out riding there bikes, my son took his bike out and started on his own. He kept going up and down the street several times before he got the hang of it. Sure at first he would loose hsi balance, but he would put his feet down and start all over again and within an hour he was doing it like a pro. EAch child is different and the more you try to get them to do it, they may not want to. Let him do it on his terms and encourage him while he is practicing. It will happen when he is ready.



 

Heidi - posted on 06/17/2009

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Kids get discouraged very easily if things don't come to them quickly. My 10 year old learned how to ride his bike without training wheels when he was 4. My husband and I had been trying for weeks to teach him, but the thing that did it for him, was watching the boys in the neighbourhood a year older then him doing it. So one evening while the kids were out riding there bikes, my son took his bike out and started on his own. He kept going up and down the street several times before he got the hang of it. Sure at first he would loose hsi balance, but he would put his feet down and start all over again and within an hour he was doing it like a pro. EAch child is different and the more you try to get them to do it, they may not want to. Let him do it on his terms and encourage him while he is practicing. It will happen when he is ready.

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