Opposed to learning how to ride a bike

Vicky - posted on 06/29/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I'm embarassed to say that my son is almost 8 years old and we still can't get him motivated to ride a bike. He has no interest, even though he sees other kids doing it around him. Every time we've tried he gets on for a few minutes and then asks if he's done yet. Never seen anything like it. I don't know anyone who can't ride a bike so I think it's actually more of my issue than his. : )

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Amy - posted on 09/01/2012

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My daughter is like this. She has absolutely no interest in riding a bicycle whatsoever. Once in awhile she ask to ride and because it's in the street one of us has to be with her. She'll ride for a couple minutes and that's it. Do not pressure your child to ride. Do not ask him to ride. If he's not interested, he'll dislike it more and will eventually resent you for it. I've seen that happen too many times. Encourage him when and if he does ask though.

Cheryl - posted on 08/29/2012

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We have 3 kids, 5, 8 and 9. The 5 yr old has been riding w/o training wheels since he was 3! The 8 yr old learned this summer, and the 9 yr old (10 soon) is completely resistent. We want her to ride so bad because, primarily, we WANT her to enjoy riding with us, but secondly she is not old enough to leave home alone so one of us always has to stay back. There have been multiple attempts to bribe, peer pressure, logic (reasons to ride- health, be with family, ect), but nothing works. She says she is afraid to fall--- So, I am going to try the Universal Method suggested above. I think it sounds great! I will let you know - fingers crossed. :)

Kori - posted on 07/22/2010

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I think that if he is not interested just leave it alone until he does an express an interest in it. I was riding a bike before 8 but I wanted to. I have to say that I have a good friend who's boy is 11 and he can't ride a bike nor does he have any interest in it. I think you should leave it alone until he approaches you with it. As long as he has other outdoor activities that he enjoys doing and that keep him engaged and happy is all that really maters

Harmonie - posted on 07/21/2010

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We struggled with the same issue. My son has had a bike since he was 4, and we could never get him interested in riding it. We've always kept an appropriate size bike around hoping one day and finally last month he just out of the blue hopped on and took off! He had just turned 11 the week before! Now he rides it everyday. I always thought it was unusual but tried not to make an issue of it so that he wouldn't feel ashamed. I guess when they are ready, they will go for it!

Karrin - posted on 07/18/2010

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My son is 7 and won't let us take the training wheels off of his bike. He doesn't use them, but if we even mention we are going to take them off he refuses to ride his bike. We don't push the issue anymore, sooner or later he will come around.

Pia - posted on 07/16/2010

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my daugther is the same way she will be 8 in november and her has no interest in riding her bike. I try not to push it i figure when she is ready she will learn how. I think her biggest fear is falling so for now she is cool with he scooter. So glad to know I am not the only one dealong with this

Tracey - posted on 07/15/2010

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Our son is 6.5, and has alternated for years by being enthused and then not at all interested in riding a bike. He seems a bit fearful and everytime he picks up a little bit of speed he stops,...he isn't very interested in his scooter/skate board wither, but we don't push it, in time if he's interested he'll get into it....at least I think so.

Shelli - posted on 07/13/2010

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Ashleigh, was about 7 or 8 when she finally learned to ride.
My Mother won a bike from work, and told Ash, if she couldn't
ride a bike, then she can't ride with Gramma. Needless to say,
that afternoon, Ash was a pro!! lol... Sometimes, just extra motivation, is key!!

Karen - posted on 07/12/2010

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It is so good to here someone else with this problem LOL My son is also 8yrs old & has no interest in riding a bike although I have tried many times. He seems happy with just his scooter. Nice to know he's not the only one :-)

Michelle - posted on 07/10/2010

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My son just turned9, We have the SAME issue in our home. He is affraid of heights though so I have always attriduted it to that but we have bought him differant bikes he has a scooter and its always the same thing hes more afraid of falling than anything and he has the training wheels on which the doctor told us that he needs the trainers off and just one foot on either side of the bike and just walk it but he does not want to do it!! he loved the big wheel but he outgrew that so he only has the bike and scooter now. My husband and I tried to get him to ride with us and he wont even do that so I gave up. People say its becouse he doesnt haave another sibling to work with him, but he has friends who are riding, My son iss just more atistic and not so physical.We told him he cant drive till he learns to ride a bike but We havent seen any change yet.

Zora - posted on 07/01/2010

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my little brother didnt learn to ride a bike until he was 16 he was never really teased about it he just chose not too and now my son is three and has no interest in his bike at all i wouldnt be to concerned really

Vicky - posted on 07/01/2010

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We're going to give it one more try, a couple nights a week, just for a few minutes to see if he expresses any more interest. If not, maybe we'll try another "mode of transportation" -- thanks for the recommendations, Kelly.

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Maybe he would prefer a skate board, wave board or scooter. Perhaps it is just not fun for him, or uncomfortable. How does he keep up with his friends when they are riding their bikes?
I wouldn't push it on him, but help him find something he likes.

Michelle - posted on 06/29/2010

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At eight years of age....I am sure that if he practiced just a short while....he would get the hang of it quickly. No worries....he will learn when all his friends are around 11 and meet at places riding their bikes.

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