5yo’s bike has been sparkly and clean for almost a year now because it never goes outside. Just before Christmas we decided that the stabilisers were going to come off regardless whether she decided to give it a try to ride without them.
We have been to our local park for a couple of days and despite both myself and hubby getting sore backs by trying to keep up with a pedalling 5yo whilst we are bending in very unnatural angles, today she was able to do a wobbly few metres. What has made me especially proud is that I told her how my Dad taught me how to ride my bike (by giving me a gentle nudge at the top of a small hill in a field and letting go). She wanted me to do the same and it worked! I was so proud that my Dad was having a hand in my daughter learning to ride her bike despite not being around to see it.
We still have lots of practise to do, but we’ll go out again tomorrow and hopefully the confidence will grow and grow each time we ride.
Our Top Tips For learning to ride a b ike and achieving the results in the video below are
- Be consistent. Don’t take the stabilisers off and then put them back on again
- Don’t use the stabilisers as a punishment. You want to encourage confidence in the child.
- Make it fun. Run along side them to give them the confidence you’re there if they wobble.
- Work with your child’s guidance. If they strive when challenged, set them little challenges in terms of distance.
- Ride on a flat surface. Grass and gravel isn’t easy to ride on when learning.
- Choose a safe wide open space. Stay away from roads and busy paths to give plenty of space.