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Discussion: No Training Wheels

in: Cristina; Cristina > 2020-05-08

May 8, 2020 8:46 PM # 
bbrooke:
That's awesome!
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May 8, 2020 11:29 PM # 
cwalker:
Amazing! That's really impressive. James is just starting to figure out the balance bike which has mostly been fun. Sometimes it's a little scary. I'm trying to be a relaxed mom who lets him figure out his own limits but I keep stopping him from lifting up his feet to roll down rocky hills backwards!
May 8, 2020 11:49 PM # 
vmeyer:
Wow! So cool to see him so confidently deal with what came up...forward, a little hill, and around the corner...a natural.
May 8, 2020 11:51 PM # 
Charlie:
Our grandson Cooper learned to ride his bike after his dad took the training wheels off and installed a handle that extends up from the rear axle. He could hold the handle and run along. It only took a few outings for Coop to take off on his own, although stopping and starting are still a bit adventurous.
May 9, 2020 12:29 AM # 
jjcote:
Took me quite a while to learn, Dad was not a believer in training wheels. I think strider bikes are an excellent innovation, and I think if I had had one, that would have made a significant difference.

Took me even longer to learn to ride the unicycle (years). But Dad, despite his prolific bike riding, never got the hang of one wheel.
May 9, 2020 1:27 AM # 
Cristina:
I'm definitely a full believer in the strider/balance bike. Lukas loved his and rode confidently on it as a two and three year old, developing really good balance and "bike feel". I'd heard that some kids made a very quick transition from the balance bike to pedal bikes, skipping training wheels entirely, but even so I was floored at how quickly he took to it.
May 9, 2020 9:58 AM # 
Charlie:
Cooper didn’t realize he was soloing until he saw the video afterwards.
May 9, 2020 3:51 PM # 
ginger:
What kind of bike did you get? Katherine is growing out of her balance bike, and keeps asking for a pedal bike, although I'm afraid a 12 inch will be too small soon, and a 16 inch is much too large.
May 9, 2020 4:01 PM # 
Cristina:
We got a 16" bike and he's definitely big enough for it. He's about 3'8". I think it's the Evo Rock Ridge 16.
May 9, 2020 4:44 PM # 
ginger:
Cool, thanks!
May 9, 2020 7:56 PM # 
Charlie:
Cooper has a 14". 16 would have been too big for him. Not sure how tall he is.
May 9, 2020 9:31 PM # 
ginger:
Yeah, Katherine is still only 3'3", so I'm looking at 14 inch bikes, but it doesn't seem to be quite as popular a size.
May 9, 2020 11:30 PM # 
Charlie:
It’s not as common as 12s or 16s, but you can find them. The brand we got is called Royal Baby, we got it online from Kohl’s.
May 10, 2020 6:15 PM # 
Jagge:
We didn't have strider bike and that delayed learning process quite a bit. Only now at age 10 it's about to get too scary for me to follow.

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