Removing the Training Wheels
See below a step by step guide to ditching the training wheels! Training Wheel Balance To increase the balance challenge […]
See below a step by step guide to ditching the training wheels!
Training Wheel Balance
- To increase the balance challenge without removing training wheels raise one training wheel slightly off the ground
- If they are feeling confident, raise both wheels
Static Bike Balance
- Remove training wheels from bike Parent stands in position pictured so that they are able to control bike sway. Sway bike all the way to left.
- Encourage your child to place left foot downto stop from falling.
- Repeat on other side
- Remove training wheels from bike If you would like you can removal their pedals, however this is not necessary
- Lower your child’s bike seat so their feet touch the ground
- Encourage them to take LONG steps and glides so that both feet are off the ground for a few seconds
- When your child is confident ask them to glide with 1 foot and keep the other foot other pedal
Riding without wheels
- When first riding without wheels, hold on to your child’s body rather than their bike, this helps them feel safe and also keeps them in control of the bike
- When they are getting more confident you can hold on to the back of their clothes and provide less support
Pedal, pedal, pedal!
- Consistently pedalling can be challenging but is key for independent bike riding! See below for some tips to help!
- Singing songs like “The wheels on the bike”
- Use a toy or physical object in the distance as a motivator eg. pedal to the stop sign
- Make pedalling easier with: sturdy closed in shoes, a foot strap or a heel cup