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Learn to Ride a Bike

There are many differnet ways to learn to ride a bike and everyone has different views as to which is best.

I am going to tell you which I (and a growing number of people) think is best and why.

There are three main skills required to ride a bike - Pedalling, Steering and Balance.

Of these basic skills, balance is the hardest. Once balance has been learned, steering and pedalling come naturally.

Training Wheels / Stabilizers

This is the traditional way to learn to ride a bike. It is basically turning a bike into a tricycle (which is often already familiar) and then by gradually raising the training wheels / stabilisers it makes the rider gradually learn to balance.

Although the support of the training wheels / stabilisers initially makes the rider feel safe, every time they are rasied, the rider's confidence is knocked and they start the process of learning to balance and build their confidence again.

The use of training wheels / stabilizers if often combined with someone running along beside the rider to give them extra support and boast their confidence.

Although most people who use training wheels / stabilizers do learn to balance and ride in the end, it normally takes a long time and lose of confidence along the way as the training wheels / stabilisers are raised can stop the rider from wanting to learn to ride a bike.
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Someone Running Along Beside Giving Support

Although often used in conjuction with training wheels / stabilisers, it is best when done without. It involves someone running along beside the rider giving them the required amount of support while they pedal.

The support of the runner gives the rider confidence that they will not fall and their balance improves quickly. The level of support can be varied depending on how quickly the rider learns and often results in the rider riding unaided before they even know it (they still think they are being supported).

The major downside is that the runner needs to be very fit and be prepared to run along beside the rider for reasonable lengths of time.

Balance Bikes

A balance bike has no pedals and no training wheels / stabilisers and therefore teaches balance and steering completely naturally. Once these two skills have been learned, the rider can move onto a bike with pedal and learn to pedal it unaided in a few minutes.

By having only two wheels and no training wheels / stabilizers or pedals, the riders immediately starts to learn balance. Initially sitting on the balance bike with their feet on the ground they will get the feel of the bike. Then by walking forward slowly whilst sitting on the saddle the level of balance and confidence will increase. Walking will quickly develop into running or scooting when balance and confidence levels permit and this will finally turn into cruising with both feet off the ground.

Most children who want to learn to ride a bike will learn these steps naturally and with no assistance at all. Even better than this, they will have lots of fun and want to ride their balance bike.
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Conclusion

Most people I know who have taught their children to ride a bike with a balance bike are amazed at how quickly and easy it happens. I know I was when I first taught my daughter to ride a bike.

On the other hand, those who used training wheels / stabilisers or who ran along beside giving support talk of it as a chore, a length process, an emotional roller-coaster as their childrens confidence came and went. Often they are so relieved when their children finally learn to ride a bike that they try to forget the whole process.

Learn to Ride a Bike the easy way with a balance bike. You won't regret it.
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