Teaching them to ride

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DrHaggis
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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby DrHaggis » Fri Oct 20, 2017 18:20 pm

OK, so I am now the very proud father of a novel cyclist!

While Haggis Jr. handled a two-wheel scooter pretty well, he had to overcome his fears. So we used a lot of patience, a gentle slope, and a pedal spanner. A bit of a confidence push and off he went! We're now both chuffed to no end.

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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby Slowbike » Mon Oct 23, 2017 13:02 pm

:)
Little Slowbike plays with his scooter - but can't really ride it far - much prefers his balance bike - understandable as we've concentrated on that.
Time for a pedal bike now :)

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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby darkhairedlord » Mon Oct 23, 2017 13:24 pm

Tried everything with DHL junior.
He had a balance bike fron 2yrs and likes riding it but is just too nosy/lazy to balance it. He just walked along with it stopping to look at everything and chatting to anyone nearby.
Eventually "graduated" to bike with stabilisers which he pretty much sauntered along on stopping to talk to everyone or looking at anything interesting on his journey. Finally, now he is five, he will try it without the stabilisers! Off with the pedals too and happy to roll down a slope but then resorts to type and sits there nattering to old ladies and such like. Getting there!

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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby Slowbike » Mon Oct 23, 2017 14:21 pm

DHL - are you riding with him?
There are days where LSB will not go far - he just wants to stop and stare - but with a bit of encouragement he'll "chase me" and we'll go over drain covers (bump bump bump - fun for a 2yo!) or go and find the cows - otherdays I can't stop for needing to keep up with him.
I have to admit - I prefer not having to cojole him into moving - but it's his game...

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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby darkhairedlord » Mon Oct 23, 2017 15:51 pm

Slowbike wrote:DHL - are you riding with him?
There are days where LSB will not go far - he just wants to stop and stare - but with a bit of encouragement he'll "chase me" and we'll go over drain covers (bump bump bump - fun for a 2yo!) or go and find the cows - otherdays I can't stop for needing to keep up with him.
I have to admit - I prefer not having to cojole him into moving - but it's his game...

My daughter (9) rides her bike and disappears into the distance.
I dawdle along on my daughters JD Bug scooter with my son.
I don't want to hassle him into "stepping-up" as it should be something he wants rather than something I want. I don't want to spoil his fun.

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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby DrHaggis » Mon Oct 23, 2017 20:17 pm

darkhairedlord wrote:My daughter (9) rides her bike and disappears into the distance.
I dawdle along on my daughters JD Bug scooter with my son.
I don't want to hassle him into "stepping-up" as it should be something he wants rather than something I want. I don't want to spoil his fun.


Yeah, it was the same story with HaggisJr. He went from "and shall no one dare gift me a bike for my brithday!!!" to riding them in Decathlon, asking me to put him on my saddle and push along...

He's now the happiest child in the world, and part of that is by his sense of achievement. He never thought he'd be able to ride without stabilisers, and now you see him riding away, and even uphill! If the weather allows, we'll try the shared paths this weekend together.

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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby Slowbike » Tue Oct 24, 2017 07:46 am

darkhairedlord wrote:
Slowbike wrote:DHL - are you riding with him?
There are days where LSB will not go far - he just wants to stop and stare - but with a bit of encouragement he'll "chase me" and we'll go over drain covers (bump bump bump - fun for a 2yo!) or go and find the cows - otherdays I can't stop for needing to keep up with him.
I have to admit - I prefer not having to cojole him into moving - but it's his game...

My daughter (9) rides her bike and disappears into the distance.
I dawdle along on my daughters JD Bug scooter with my son.
I don't want to hassle him into "stepping-up" as it should be something he wants rather than something I want. I don't want to spoil his fun.

Of course it should be something he wants - but how is he going to know what is fun unless you nudge him in the "right" direction?
Your daughter - disappears up the road - so I guess your son can't see what she's up to? She's probably going fast enough that your son doesn't think he'll ever catch up - so why bother? You're dawdling about on a scooter ...
Perhaps he doesn't want to play bikes - or perhaps he's just not getting engaged enough in the activity? Perhaps if you were on a bike too then he might find it more fun?

Btw - I'm not critisising you - I'm interested in why a child joins in an activity.

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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby darkhairedlord » Tue Oct 24, 2017 08:40 am

Slowbike wrote:
darkhairedlord wrote:
Slowbike wrote:DHL - are you riding with him?
There are days where LSB will not go far - he just wants to stop and stare - but with a bit of encouragement he'll "chase me" and we'll go over drain covers (bump bump bump - fun for a 2yo!) or go and find the cows - otherdays I can't stop for needing to keep up with him.
I have to admit - I prefer not having to cojole him into moving - but it's his game...

My daughter (9) rides her bike and disappears into the distance.
I dawdle along on my daughters JD Bug scooter with my son.
I don't want to hassle him into "stepping-up" as it should be something he wants rather than something I want. I don't want to spoil his fun.

Of course it should be something he wants - but how is he going to know what is fun unless you nudge him in the "right" direction?
Your daughter - disappears up the road - so I guess your son can't see what she's up to? She's probably going fast enough that your son doesn't think he'll ever catch up - so why bother? You're dawdling about on a scooter ...
Perhaps he doesn't want to play bikes - or perhaps he's just not getting engaged enough in the activity? Perhaps if you were on a bike too then he might find it more fun?

Btw - I'm not critisising you - I'm interested in why a child joins in an activity.


He asks to go for a bike ride two or three times a week so he does want to go but until last week was adamant about using stabilisers. He had tried before without but didn't like it. The dawdling along on the scooter was to go at the same pace while the route we take is either along promenade or around the cricket ground in poole park. With the cricket ground my daughter doesn't dissappear but catch back up as she goes round. She also rides alongside to an extent. Hopefully another couple of weekends and we will be there.

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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby Slowbike » Tue Oct 24, 2017 08:53 am

well - if he's asking then he's obviously enjoying it .. :)

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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby DuallyBikes » Sun Nov 05, 2017 18:49 pm

We had the idea of creating a fully functional bike that can help with balance and pedaling without the need for training wheels or having to purchase a second bike with pedals. We made some modifications to the rear wheel and hub creating a "dually" styled bike that can balance on it own(12" & 16") (no kickstand or training wheels), allows for pedaling and leaning into turns and has a pretty cool look! We have seen inexperienced and/or less confident children quickly gain confidence and be able to ride with the added stability. We have attached some images and would like to know your thoughts if something like this would be of interest if you were looking to buy your new little rider a bike.

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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby Wierdagger » Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:51 pm

Looks nice. It's like offroad bike with double wheel

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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby Dolores » Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:24 am

When my son was 3 months age that time I bought Mini2go scooter.he enjoyed it a lot.

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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby Roastie_Cyclocross » Wed Mar 21, 2018 15:14 pm

I thought that these might be useful for some, it's a helmet, knee & elbow pad set from Halfords for £4 (other colours available too) or £3.60 once you take off the BC discount.

http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bike-he ... s-backpack

Also got some kids gloves from cycle surgery for £2.99

https://www.cyclesurgery.com/p/kiddimot ... colour=124

I'm hoping to get my daughter to progress from balance bike to pedal bike very soon, she doesn't know it yet but there is a Vitus Fourteen (14" wheel) sitting in the garage waiting for some better weather.

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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby Slowbike » Mon Mar 26, 2018 09:51 am

Thanks - yes - should get our little rider some gloves - thinking about cycling shorts too as his bottom does seem a bit red after he's been riding. Not that he complains...

We started the progression at Christmas with a 14" bike - we tried with pedals but he kept looking at the pedals instead of where he was going - so it didn't work. Stripped the pedals off and let him run around just as a balance bike - he's now whizzing about on it like he was his balance bike. Next step was to attach him to a follow-me (I don't like the trailgators as they twist) and get him to pedal whilst being towed.
Then - saturday we went up a cycle path for a picnic and took his pedals with us - on the way back we stopped and bribed him to try the pedals - he thought he couldn't balance when he had pedals on. 2 quick goes and he's ridden 5-10 meters unaided - we stopped there and went back home - but he's getting the idea he can balance now.

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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby Roastie_Cyclocross » Tue May 08, 2018 16:20 pm

Roastie_Cyclocross wrote:
I'm hoping to get my daughter to progress from balance bike to pedal bike very soon, she doesn't know it yet but there is a Vitus Fourteen (14" wheel) sitting in the garage waiting for some better weather.


Just to update on this, after much pestering from my daughter I finally put the pedals on and lifted up the seat yesterday after letting her use her new bike as a balance bike for a while, she is just under 3 1/2. I was amazed at how quickly she picked it up, cycling on her own in minutes.

Had to follow closely behind to start with to catch her each time she wobbled or veered off course. I had held off for quite a while as I had visions of crashes & tears putting her off, but I probably could have done it a month or two ago.

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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby Slowbike » Wed May 09, 2018 08:31 am

Roastie_Cyclocross wrote:
Roastie_Cyclocross wrote:
I'm hoping to get my daughter to progress from balance bike to pedal bike very soon, she doesn't know it yet but there is a Vitus Fourteen (14" wheel) sitting in the garage waiting for some better weather.


Just to update on this, after much pestering from my daughter I finally put the pedals on and lifted up the seat yesterday after letting her use her new bike as a balance bike for a while, she is just under 3 1/2. I was amazed at how quickly she picked it up, cycling on her own in minutes.

Had to follow closely behind to start with to catch her each time she wobbled or veered off course. I had held off for quite a while as I had visions of crashes & tears putting her off, but I probably could have done it a month or two ago.

:D

In their own good time - you may think she was ready a month ago - but in her mind she wasn't so it probably wouldn't have worked ..

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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby sisleybarnes1 » Mon Jun 04, 2018 14:34 pm

SecretSam wrote:So - any tips? our two (twins) are 4 and a half, and have bikes (12" wheels, need something bigger really) and we're trying to teach them to ride without stabilisers. We have 'handles' for the bikes that enable us to hold them upright while they practice, but wanted to know if anyone has some top tips on how to get them up and running.

Thanks in advance.

The best way is to hold bike, not a child. Just hold it from the back, so kids won't see you and have the whole feeling of riding. Then try to let it go for some secs. You will need to run a lot, but it worth the result.

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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby DrHaggis » Fri Jul 27, 2018 09:24 am

We got our smallest (Tiny Haggis, just turned 3) a balance bike about a month ago. I was quite skeptical but
  1. he likes it, and wants to ride it in the nice smooth pedestrian streets around our place
  2. he's got the gist of it quite quickly
  3. he's already asking me to put some pedals!

I personally think he needs a little bit more time, to get things like the brakes and what not, but certainly by Xmas he'll be totally ready for a bike.

Honestly, not touching stabilisers is possibly the greatest thing ever.

BTW: Am I the only one that's filled with joy every time I see a toddler riding a bike on his own, no stabilisers? Their parents must be so proud!

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Re: Teaching them to ride

Postby Slowbike » Mon Jul 30, 2018 15:13 pm

DrHaggis wrote:We got our smallest (Tiny Haggis, just turned 3) a balance bike about a month ago. I was quite skeptical but
  1. he likes it, and wants to ride it in the nice smooth pedestrian streets around our place
  2. he's got the gist of it quite quickly
  3. he's already asking me to put some pedals!

I personally think he needs a little bit more time, to get things like the brakes and what not, but certainly by Xmas he'll be totally ready for a bike.

Honestly, not touching stabilisers is possibly the greatest thing ever.

BTW: Am I the only one that's filled with joy every time I see a toddler riding a bike on his own, no stabilisers? Their parents must be so proud!


Excellent :)

1) good - that's important - ride with him if you can - I've got a kids bike I can (just about) ride so I'm at a similar height - means I can throw it around and I'm not worried if I have to ditch it whilst he has in inevitable crash
2) they learn at a phenomenal rate
3) if he can scoot around feet off the floor then he's ready - don't worry about brakes - it'll come. Get a pedal bike and whip the pedals off first so he gets used to riding the different geometry - may only be once or twice - then pedals back on and scoot scoot pedal!! :)

I LOVE seeing little kids riding around and enjoying their bikes - preferably without stabalisers, but some parents just don't get it - or know about it ...

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