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Learning how to ride a bicycle is a classic rite of passage, and a skill that once you acquire, you can never forget.
It`s a massive moment for any kid learning to ride on their own without support or stabilizers.
However, in as much fun as it is, learning the skill of riding a bike comes with real challenges, and there`re pitfalls to avoid, at the very least,
So, how do you teach your kid to ride a bike?
Let`s look at the step by step guide on how to do so.
According to Scholastic.com, most of the children develop their balance and physical skill to ride a bike by age 4, and most do by age 6.
Therefore, any time in this age, you should expect your kid to throw tantrums of wanting a bike or having an idea of turning pedals.
However, it`s important to realize that each kid is different and it may take longer for your kid to be emotionally ready.
Therefore, don`t rush or force them until your kid is physically agile to handle a bike.
Strat training them when the time is right.
Choose A Suitable Training Area
Location is crucial when teaching your kid to ride a bike.
Though the lush green grass is tempting to offer the lessons, it`s may not be the most convenient spot as it`s hard for your kid to pedal.
Instead, what you need is a smooth and flat tarmacked surface that will provide your kid with rolling momentum.
Ideally, it should be an open space free from traffic.
Another major highlight for the location is that you should choose a location your kid won`t get embarrassed. While the school or local park seems to be the most convenient option, it can be distracting if he runs into friends while still on support.
Support your Kid
A common mistake that we see trainers making when supporting kids is to hold on the saddles and handlebars of the bike.
While it`s tempting and convenient to do so, this interferes with how the bike leans and its response to the kid`s weight.
The correct way to support your kid is by standing behind the bicycle and lodging the hind wheel between your calves.
You can then support your kid with your hand under their armpits, subsequently providing them with the whole control of the bicycle.
This pose is not only easier for your bike, but it provides them with autonomous control and a more enhanced learning process.
Slowly Let Go
With time, they will master the balancing act and gain more confidence.
It`s here that you will slowly and progressively let go, but always be ready to grab them or catch them.
When you run behind them, ensure that you`re guiding their body and helping them realize how the bicycle responds to various body movements such as leaning.
Let Them Go
Once they get the hang of balancing and pedaling forward, it time to show how to set off on their own.
Here`s a step by step of how to do so;
- Set the pedal into the 2 o’clock position
- Get your little one to place their stronger foot on the pedal
- Instruct them to thrust hard on the pedal while pushing on the ground with the other leg
It`s easier to make your kid understand the idea of braking while they`re on the ground without the kid riding.
Instruct to walk alongside the bicycle and pull on the brake to see what happens.
Once they understand this, they`ll put the concept into action once they`re riding.
Often, however, they are so effective at breaking, but always forget to release their feet from the pedals, so always be ready to grab them before they fall.
Teaching your kids how to ride a bike is not a single-session affair. You should be patient, and make practice a priority.
With time, they will learn to coordinate their balance, move forward efficiently and break at no time.
It`s important that your kid is always on a safety bicycle gear when learning this process.