Teaching to ride a bike. Page 2

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  • DaM 13 Jun 2012 12:34:36 12,611 posts
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    I did try the running behind holding on, but I was really holding on...not a light touch. She just kept going at 45 degree angles!

    Drop the pedals Vortex! Going to trying it on our nearly 4 yr old next - I think he shares my love of wheeled self-propelled things, so will get him riding earlier than the other 2.
  • Vortex808 13 Jun 2012 12:43:48 6,567 posts
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    I'll certainly try that if we struggle DaM, he loves going out on the bike, just not quite there on his own yet.

    I hope to build up his confidence first since he said going on two wheels was scary when we started off with the tag-along, but it didn't take more than a few minutes to get over that. This time and under his own steam may take a bit longer!
  • KayJay 13 Jun 2012 12:53:31 5,287 posts
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    sport wrote:
    Got this bad boy the other day - http://www.imgur.com/0jtRy.jpg

    Little dude loves it!
    Tell you what that looks frikken awesome.

    /wants
    /is 32
    /still wants

    I wish I was still a kid, or had kids to do all this stuff with. :(
  • mrpon 13 Jun 2012 19:25:29 27,646 posts
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    sport wrote:
    Got this bad boy the other day - http://www.imgur.com/0jtRy.jpg

    Little dude loves it!
    Your trainers stink, the radiator needs bleeding, rug needs a hoovering and looks like you have an admirer (hint: love letter)

    Bad boy looks rad tho.

    Edited by mrpon at 19:25:41 13-06-2012

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • pistol 14 Jun 2012 14:13:07 13,019 posts
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    Any of you dad's tried your kids on those balance bikes?

    I can still vividly remember my first bike. A Budgie with big fat wheels and stabalizers.

    Edited by pistol at 14:14:03 14-06-2012
  • Salaman 14 Jun 2012 14:24:30 18,248 posts
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    Thinking of buying this for Olivia's 3rd birthday.
  • sport 14 Jun 2012 14:25:47 12,046 posts
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    pistol wrote:
    Any of you dad's tried your kids on those balance bikes?

    I can still vividly remember my first bike. A Budgie with big fat wheels and stabalizers.
    Mate, there's a pic of one right above you ;-P

    @mrpon - that wasn't a love letter :-(
  • sport 14 Jun 2012 14:33:54 12,046 posts
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    Salaman wrote:
    Thinking of buying this for Olivia's 3rd birthday.
    While that is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time, I think a standard balance bike for a fraction of the price will still do the job.

    On his 3rd outing yesterday - really enjoying it, his balance is definitely improving and he's shooting down little hills with his legs raised. Of course we now have to stop every few metres to pick up imaginary Ninjago weapons to fight the Snake men /facepalm
  • Load_2.0 14 Jun 2012 14:43:00 18,201 posts
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    I hate kids on bikes.


    Makes it easier for them to get away.
  • pistol 14 Jun 2012 16:19:04 13,019 posts
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    sport wrote:
    pistol wrote:
    Any of you dad's tried your kids on those balance bikes?

    I can still vividly remember my first bike. A Budgie with big fat wheels and stabalizers.
    Mate, there's a pic of one right above you ;-P

    @mrpon - that wasn't a love letter :-(
    Sorry, just seen it.
  • DaM 14 Jun 2012 16:39:34 12,611 posts
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    Just take the pedals off! Instant balance bike!
  • mal 14 Jun 2012 16:54:56 21,979 posts
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    Nice, I reckon balance bikes rather than stabilisers are the way to go. I'm sure I do turn the handlebars to go round a corner, but the main thing I'm aware of is that I'm leaning into the corner to go round it. Can't do that with stabs.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • Vortex808 14 Jun 2012 20:01:36 6,567 posts
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    Tried a few nights with no stabilisers. It's slowly coming along. I'll give it a few weeks and take the pedals off for a bit if he's still struggling.

    It fairly wrecks your back though. I didn't realise how low the bike seat actually was until we started.
  • tuff 14 Jun 2012 20:34:44 621 posts
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    Just run behind holding the seat. Tell them to pedal, push away slightly with your hand and let go. Drum into them to not forget the brake if going out of control.

    Worked with 2 kids with only minor injuries sustained.
  • Lukus 14 Jun 2012 20:42:49 18,955 posts
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    Get them this:

    Paintings & Photographs

  • DudBug 14 Jun 2012 22:27:37 17 posts
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    Both my girls learnt to cycle without stabilisers when they were 4. I did the running-behind-them method for several days in a row and it was really rewarding because you could see some improvement every day. The first day they barely managed a couple of metres but by the end of the first week they were up to a 100m or so. The key thing to bear in mind is that young children, unsurprisingly, find the notion that 'going faster' = 'easier to stay upright/balanced' counter-intuitive. Their instinct is to slow down when they start to wobble - that's why the 'Keep pedalling!' advice is really important.
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