Thursday, June 18, 2009

No Training Wheels 101

We need a little help. We are trying to teach our boys to ride their bikes without training wheels. And Ben and I have discovered a thing about our children (well, at least the boys): they are wimps. Ouch. I don't mean to be harsh or rude about our kids, but seriously. They definitely have wimpiness in them.

We can do a couple of tries on the bike, but after a couple falls they are done for the day.

So what tips do you have for getting your kids to learn to ride a bike?

Or to have less wimpiness in them?


Megan said...

I am looking for advice too... I have a 7 and a 5 year old who both need to learn!!!

erinmalia said...

i'll bookmark this page and come back in, oh, four years. :)

rebecca said...

My 7 year old "can" ride without training wheels, but doesn't like to because she's wimpy. My 6 year old has been on two wheels since she was 4 1/2 and my now 5 year old has never tried because he's wimpy. It is one of my goals of the summer to get the oldest three on two wheels and Kylie and Matthew aren't happy about it. :)

I wish I knew how to inspire the brave factor! Larkin is fearless so it came easily. It took her about 10 minutes to learn.

My advice is to teach breaking first! Make sure they know how to stop gently, then put one foot down. Also, smaller bikes are easier to learn on. They should be able to stand on the ground with both feet with the seat between their legs. When Kylie practices, she always uses Larkin's bike. Matthew's bike is just right, if not slightly too small for him. Perfect. A slight downhill helps. Our method with the girls has been to run along with them holding their shirt instead of the bike seat. It seems to work better - it gives them more control over the balance.

So there you go - advice from a mom who should have three kids on two wheels but only has one. :)

Anonymous said...

So Chandler's boss said to find a gentle grassy slope so falling doesn't hurt and they can maintain enough speed to stay up. Haven't tried it yet, but sounds like a good idea. Let you know when we try it out in a couple of months. Or you could try it out and let me know.

megan said...

Yeah, we have wimpy kids too. Alex only started riding on two wheels this year. It seems like there are tons of 3 and 4 year olds who can pick it up with no problem. We had tried to teach him a few times in the last couple of years but had some very frustrating experiences (partly due to Ryan still being on crutches at the time). I think it is one of those things where if the kid is ready, it will happen. We took him to a park with a gentle downhill slope, like what was suggested. Alex had better luck starting on the sidewalk and steering into the grass for some reason. I think it felt safer for him. But the stopping and starting took a while to learn even after he had the balance down. We also put him in elbow and knee pads(more of a placebo effect)so he would feel safer when he fell.

Hans and Michelle said...

No clue. Teaching my girls to ride bikes has somehow brought the absolute worst out in me.