It is best to start teaching your child how to ride a bicycle when they are between 4 and 5 years old. Some parents see their child’s friends riding bicycles and feel motivated to start practicing with their child. But, what is the best way to teach your child how to ride a bicycle? In this article we will give some tips and introduce things to avoid when teaching your child how to ride a bicycle.
Most parents assume that teaching one’s child to ride a bicycle will require them to hold onto the back of the bicycle and run with it. However, this teaching method takes a long time. The most important part of riding a bicycle is having a sense of balance. When children can balance their bicycle and prevent it from falling toward the left or right, they will be able to learn to ride more smoothly. It is a good idea to start with balance practice and then moving on to pedaling.
In recent years, we see many young children using a Strider (balance bike) before they move on to a tricycle or bicycle. Using a Strider will allow your child to gain the required balancing skills needed to ride a bicycle naturally. Since the Strider does not have pedals or stands, children are required to place their feet on the ground as they move along. As they get used to it, they will be able to put their feet up and balance as they go along. They will also learn how to make turns and “U”-turns using the balance bike. This will help them when they switch over to a regular bicycle. Instead of using a Strider, it is also possible to take the pedals off of a regular bicycle.
Once they learn how to balance, parents can start teaching them how to use the pedals. At the beginning, it is a good idea to use the stand and have them practice pedaling when the bicycle is not in motion. When they can pedal on their own, parents can go ahead and remove the stand. If children have trouble pedaling at first, parents can add a handle and hold onto it until their child can balance on their own.
Riding a bicycle can lead to injuries so it is a good idea for you to have your child wear a helmet, long pants and knee and elbow pads at the beginning. Some children fall when they first start learning how to ride a bicycle, but it is important that they don’t get discouraged. It is important to teach children safety rules as well. For example, bicycles ride on the left side of the road, we stop at traffic lights and crosswalks, etc.
Helping your child gain his/her balance skills will be helpful when learning how to ride a bicycle. Parents should make sure they make riding bicycles fun for their child rather than worrying about pushing them to learn quickly. Although most children learn how to ride with their parents, it is sometimes a good idea to attend lessons as well.