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katyldf 11-20-2012 09:46 PM

Bike Help
So DH and I are trying to figure out a bike for our almost 4 year old.. She is behind in motor skills and we have been working for over a year on her trike to get her to pedal and she just can't seem to pick it up :( I was looking at a balance bike for her thinking maybe this might be a better start. She is begging to ride with her friend. My MIL basically said (i'm ruining her bike future unless I teach her to pedal right now) but i'm so tired of it lowering her self esteem bc she can't pedal and wants to ride with her friends. I'm planning on asking her developmental specialist tomorrow what she thinks but I also wanted some opinions from other mothers.

Crew&West 11-20-2012 09:52 PM

Re: Bike Help
No! I think the balance bike is the way to go!! My 3yo learned on a balance bike and he can ride a regular bike with no training wheels now, took him one year of off and on riding and he got it! My ods who is 4 was the same way and he's now getting a 16in bike for Christmas! :)

luvsviola 11-20-2012 10:02 PM

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My daughter took a LOT longer to be able to ride a bike than my son. She wore AFOs til she was 3, but it was a coordination issue more than a physical one. She didn't really start being coordinated enough on a traditional bike to go very fast til she was 5, and at almost 6 is nowhere near ready for training wheels. If she hits a bump, it completely messes her up. My neighbor swears that it takes girls longer to ride a bike than boys. I believe it.

She did better on this trike than on the real two wheeled one. It is easier to pedal. I found it on Craigslist (minus the handle), and the angle that the pedals is at was easier for her. The seat is adjustable, so we just adjusted it all the way back.

moms5angels 11-20-2012 10:10 PM

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i was thinking a balance bike or a trike will b good for her. she will learn to peddle when she is ready. i wouldnt worrie to much about it raight now. she is still really young ;)

me_just_me 11-20-2012 11:19 PM

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The balance bike sounds like a great idea for her - especially since she sounds motivated to ride!

I don't really think girls take longer to ride a bike than boys. Both my kids started riding a two wheeler around the same age. They both LOVED the balance bike, but they didn't have any motor delays. But I'd guess that your DD would really like it since she wants to ride with her friend and the pedaling is a bit tricky for her.

Suzi 11-21-2012 07:11 AM

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My son has developmental issues. He's six and at the start of summer he couldn't pedal or steer. After 1 month of working on it he was riding independently without training wheels. The 2 summers before he rode tandem on my bike. This helped him pedal. He would pedal backwards since there was no resistance. We still do tandem or longer bike rides.

Then this summer I started using this

I couldn't put his training wheels on with it. The first week I basically pushed him, steered, and held him up. He started balancing fairly quick and then pedaling. Steering took us the longest but he got it!

Btw, I love balance bikes too. I didn't think there was any way he would balance so i didnt get one but the ended up being the easier part

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