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#1 chelley

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 09:49 AM

Our daughter recently turned 4. She loves to ride her bike, on which she uses training wheels. We live in a suburb and street with very steep hills and we have no driveway so she probably has less opportunity to ride than other children in a flat suburb.

Anyway she has (in my opinion) now outgrown her bike which she got for her birthday when she was 2. Hubby has adjusted her training wheels so they are barely doing much as it is now.

Hubby says she can get a new bike when she can ride without training wheels. I think it is still a little early and that she should get a new bike, a bigger bike which she can get a bit more momentum up on which may make it easier to learn to balance on and then just lose the training wheels when she is ready.

So when did your child lose their training wheels. Tips or ideas?
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#2 Mel B

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:39 AM

My kids are 4.5 & almost 6 and they still use training wheels, although both of them are keen to lose them, we just have to take them somewhere safe to practice. Friends have taken their kids to a local basketball court to learn without the training wheels and we'll probably do the same.

I've known kids to have them off as early as 3 or 4. But I don't really understand your DH's reasoning? Why can't you get a bigger bike with training wheels and then take them off when she is ready? Our kids are both quite tall and have 20" bikes with training wheels which came as part of the bike, so there was no extra cost.

I agree with you on the momentum, when our son tries to ride a smaller bike he gets nowhere because his legs are just too long!
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:05 PM


DD1 was about 6 when she dropped the training wheels, mainly for lack of practice or a safe area to ride her bike regularly.

DD2 is 5 and dropped hers just recently as we have a flat bike path right out the front of the house that we regularly use. 2 attempts and she was off smile.gif

DD1 at 7 years old only just now needs a 20" (she's avg height). One difference between the smaller bikes and the bigger bikes was the loss of the back brake (pedalling backwards). Not sure if this was just the bikes we were looking at unsure.gif but I prefer both front and back brakes for kids who are still unsteady on bikes.

DD2 is probably happy to still ride her smaller tinkerbell bike even though she's probably the same height as DD1 and could do with an upgrade (might hold out until her birthday!).



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Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:33 PM

H started riding without training wheels in Feb this year, so when he was 5years and 9 months old. We tried at Christmas but it just wasn't working for him even though the wheels hardly ever touch the ground he just didn't have the confidence. We got them off in February as the boy across the road from his class at school also wanted to take his off. So peer pressure and all that got them both riding without training wheels biggrin.gif


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Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:42 PM

Ben is only 2 so I can't answer the question as a parent yet laugh.gif but my nephew dropped his at about 4.5. My niece will definitely be later though as she is a very different kid to him.

One of the more important things I think is getting the right bike. Often when you go up in size you also go up in weight of the bike. A heavier bike is obviously going to be more difficult for a child to control when they are learning to ride without training wheels so I think it's important to get a bike which your child will be able to control.
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:24 PM

Cate is 4.5 and definitely still needs hers. She doesn't ride that often either and she is nowhere near ready to lose them. I thought most kids were at around the age of 6.

Cate also outgrew herbike that she got at the age of 3 (it was a 30cm). We just bought her another one (40cm) a couple of weeks ago. It was just a K Mart cheapie as I refuse to spend a lot of money until she is old enough to stay in one size bike for a few years.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:41 PM

Thanks girls. I will show hubby this thread. He was riding motorbikes by our daughters age so perhaps his ideas on when training wheels should come off were a bit ambitious.

Cole29 I agree about the weight of the bike. If we get her a 16 inch bike most of them are steel but the next step up most are aluminium - which would be a lot lighter and easier for her to manage.

I think we will get her a new bike with training wheels and try to focus on giving her lots of practice. She is a bit cautious like me and I am happy for the training wheels to stay on a little longer unsure.gif

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:52 PM

My nephew is 4.5 and has just taken them off...and he rides like a crazy man!! laugh.gif He seriously flies, impressive to watch. It was definitely peer pressure that got him going, plus a safe place to ride very close to the house...all the little kids meet in their cul-de-sac every night after tea (in daylight savings time) and he wanted to do what the big kids were doing.

My brother said watching his son ride his bike with no training wheels was his proudest moment as a father so far (apart from the actual births). I think it must be a VERY big deal for dads smile.gif

Our daughter is 3.5 and rides a balance bike like a pro. We bought this on purpose to try and negate the use of training wheels full stop. She is desperate for a 'real' bike with pedals though so we'll be getting this for her 4th birthday and it will have training wheels - I am in no rush for them to come off, when she's ready is fine. Hopefully her experience with the balance bike will make it a faster process, but, seriously, whenever.

Good luck with convincing your hubby wink.gif

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 09:13 PM

DS1 isn't riding yet (just turned three) but we don't have training wheels on his bikes. He has a balance bike which doesn't have pedals or training wheels and teaches them to balance first before mastering peddling. Apparently it was how DH learnt to ride and because it was so successful for him, he's decided to try it on DS.

Unfortunately, the balance bike is a large for him so we're waiting for him to grow into it... lol
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:09 PM

I've heard before that kids who learn on balance bikes first can ride proper bikes without training wheels from 4 but kids who start on regular bikes tend to keep the training wheels until closer to 6. Unfortunately my son takes after my husband and is completely unco so a balance bike wasn't a viable option for him laugh.gif

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:17 PM

QUOTE(nephthys @ May 4 2012, 09:13 PM) View Post

DS1 isn't riding yet (just turned three) but we don't have training wheels on his bikes. He has a balance bike which doesn't have pedals or training wheels and teaches them to balance first before mastering peddling. Apparently it was how DH learnt to ride and because it was so successful for him, he's decided to try it on DS.

We are doing this ^^^
After seeing a 2yr old recently scooting around on a balance bike and an almost 4yr old flying around on a bike with no training wheels, we've decided to get a bike, take the chain and pedals off and then when he is ready put them on to use as normal instead of balance style. Clearly this thread has shown how naieve I am, I thought by 4 he'd be riding a bike no problems laugh.gif ph34r.gif
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 12:09 AM

As other girls have mentioned, it's very possible to turn her current bike into a 'balance' bike as a good interim step to get her learning the right skills. If you take off the pedals, have the seat at a height where she can really comfortably put her feet on the ground, and find some good places for her to practise, it will give her a lot of confidence in the bike's ability to stay upright on its own - pedalling can come later.

We're going the balance-bike route - we have a little wooden one but it's too big and Eddie is so keen to use it. We went and looked at the smallest ones we could find and even with the seat at the lowest his feet are still off the ground sad.gif He cried in the shop when he couldn't ride it.... so it'll be a while for us I think sad.gif

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In some ways being a bit older for a pedal bike isn't a bad thing - more hand co-ordination to deal with braking.


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Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:53 AM

QUOTE(squeaza @ May 5 2012, 12:09 AM) View Post

As other girls have mentioned, it's very possible to turn her current bike into a 'balance' bike as a good interim step to get her learning the right skills. If you take off the pedals, have the seat at a height where she can really comfortably put her feet on the ground, and find some good places for her to practise, it will give her a lot of confidence in the bike's ability to stay upright on its own - pedalling can come later.

We're going the balance-bike route - we have a little wooden one but it's too big and Eddie is so keen to use it. We went and looked at the smallest ones we could find and even with the seat at the lowest his feet are still off the ground sad.gif He cried in the shop when he couldn't ride it.... so it'll be a while for us I think sad.gif

http://www.facebook....9381932/photos/ Some good photos of littlies here wink.gif Some get it quicker than others, some take a few years to get the hang and some are straight onto the pedals.

In some ways being a bit older for a pedal bike isn't a bad thing - more hand co-ordination to deal with braking.



The Strider one is meant to be the smallest. We have an Avanti balance bike and Angus isn't tall enough yet (he's 2.5 but little) but Will LOVES it.

I'm sure Will could ride a pedal bike without training wheels if he was prepared to give it a go! But he is just not interested! He can coast along on the balance bike for ages though so he's got the balance part sorted.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:28 PM

Harry was 3 1/2 blush.gif

He is awesome though tongue.gif
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:32 PM

We gave Cate her balance bike when she was 2 years, three months (for Christmas) but it was too heavy for her to move around at first and she hated it. It was probably closer to 2 years, 9 months that she really came at it and has been unstoppable ever since - I am impressed by the speed she gets up on the thing, it's amazing!

We started with a balance bike after watching friends of ours and their son: he had a balance bike and once that was mastered moved on to a HUGE pedal bike (no training wheels) at four years old without a backward glance.

Perhaps changing a bigger bike into a balance bike might be the trick to success for Raya?




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