Monday, January 2, 2017

Learning to Ride a Balance Bike

Strider Balance Bike
If you are looking to teach a toddler to ride a bicycle, balance bikes are a superior alternative to training wheels. The problem with training wheels is that the rider doesn't learn how to balance, which is the key skill for riding a bicycle. Balance bikes don't have pedals, but they teach the rider to balance. This is done in five steps:
  1. Child walks the bike while standing
  2. Child walks the bike while seated
  3. Child balances the bike while pushing off with alternating feet
  4. Child pushes off with one foot and then coasts a short distance
  5. Child pushes off with several steps and then coasts for a while
Here's a video that shows all five steps. Please note that the video shows some kids without shoes or helmets. We don't recommend that.

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