The upgrade to a “big boy” or “big girl” bike is a monumental achievement in every child’s life. The amazed smile after the training wheels come off and the first solo ride is achieved is a moment everyone remembers. On the other hand, it takes patience and encouragement to handle the many unsuccessful attempts.
That’s why we are here to help you learn the best way to teach your child how to ride a two-wheeler. Below are 10 tips that can help and set the tone for a fun day of learning!
That means a properly fitting helmet, kneepads, and elbow pads to protect your child from all of those “almosts.”
Make the seat height just right.
For beginners, the child’s feet should be able to rest firmly on the ground.
You hold, they pedal.
When the child is comfortable and secure sitting on the bike, have the child pedal while you hold the bike upright. Push the bike so it gains enough speed to stay up on its own. Remember, this is a whole new feeling for your child, so assure them that you’re still holding on. Practice this several times.
Slowly take your hand away.
For beginners, the child’s feet should be able to rest firmly on the ground. Falls are all part of the learning process. Make sure your child knows this and encourage them to keep going! Confidence is just as important as pedaling.
Repeat! Repeat! Repeat!
Repeat step 4 as many times as necessary for your child to gain the confidence to ride without you.
Take a break.
Take a moment to show your child, again from the stopped position, how to engage the pedal brake to stop the bike. Practice short rides using the brake to bring the bike to a halt.
Raise the seat.
It’s time to raise the seat to a more natural riding position, with the leg only slightly bent when the pedal is in the down position.
Master the ups and downs.
Next up is to learn small inclines and curves. Find safe areas to gain the skills and confidence to brake, slow down and steer through curves and turns.
Rules of the Road.
When your kid is old enough and skilled enough to hit the open road, he/she needs to know the lay of the land. Teach the Rules of the Road as early as possible. And remember, bicycles must follow the same rules as vehicles.
Family ride is the best reward for you, and your little one, for a job well done!