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Old 06-11-2010, 09:58 PM   #11
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DS started riding a bike when he was 3, and we took the training wheels off when he was 4. He was always a little wild man riding his bike as a wee one.

If he's having a hard time pedaling, you may want to look into getting him a balance bike. There are no pedals. He would just use his feet to push the bike, then he can lift his feet to balance himself when he feels confident enough. From there, when he's coordinated enough, he can start pedaling on a regular bike.

You just need to have patience with him. Can he just practice in front of your house on the side walk, or in the street?

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Old 06-11-2010, 10:16 PM   #12
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You just need to have patience with him. Can he just practice in front of your house on the side walk, or in the street?
We've been trying that, but then he gets frustrated because he's not riding with his friends. I'm generally a very patient person, but when it comes to this it drives me nuts for some reason, I suppose because I know that he knows how to do it, he's just not doing it for whatever reason. I've asked him if he's tired, if its too hard, etc etc and his reply is always just "I don't know how"...even after pedaling all the way down. Having him push the bike back to the house has done nothing, making him miss a day because he wouldn't pedal or push it back has done nothing, we even left it at his friend's house a couple houses down one night because he wouldn't move it & I was trying to make a point...didn't get through. He didn't care that it was down there & it stayed at the back of their house (with their permission) for a few days before DH went and got it. He just doesn't seem to care, except for when his friends are riding...then he wants to be with them...he just doesn't seem to get that in order to be able to stay up with them, he has to practice & actually TRY to ride the bike
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Old 06-11-2010, 10:59 PM   #13
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My son is 4.5 and he doesn't even have a bike. The problem is, he really doesn't have anywhere to ride it safely. He is my oldest. I also have 2.5 year old twins and 9wk old twins. It's really hard for me to take them outside where it isn't contained and keep them all safe. Our driveway is a hill, so he would have to be in the street and I can't have the 2.5 year olds there too running around. We play in our backyard which has a fence. But, my husband and I were just talking about this yesterday and we are going to get him one soon. He won't be able to ride as often as we would like, but we think it's important.

However, he does have a 3 wheeler type thing with pedals. He's short and has a hard time reaching them to actually do it. When I do take him out with it, we get the same thing. He doesn't actually want to go very far at all with it. It's annoying.
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DS started riding a bike when he was 3, and we took the training wheels off when he was 4. He was always a little wild man riding his bike as a wee one.

If he's having a hard time pedaling, you may want to look into getting him a balance bike. There are no pedals. He would just use his feet to push the bike, then he can lift his feet to balance himself when he feels confident enough. From there, when he's coordinated enough, he can start pedaling on a regular bike.

You just need to have patience with him. Can he just practice in front of your house on the side walk, or in the street?
Sorry to hijack

I've read a lot about balance bikes recently. Does anyone have any idea whether they help with learning to ride a 2 wheeled bicycle? In my experience, the biggest problem with learning to ride was the peddling and getting the leg strength to peddle.
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My 4 year old nephew just learned how to without training wheels but it was a rough journey. He got so embarrassed and angry every time he fell down.
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I've read a lot about balance bikes recently. Does anyone have any idea whether they help with learning to ride a 2 wheeled bicycle? In my experience, the biggest problem with learning to ride was the peddling and getting the leg strength to peddle.
http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/...d.php?t=997899

I started this thread a few weeks ago, their are some great experiences w/ balance bikes in here. My son is getting one for his 2nd birthday next month.
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I've read a lot about balance bikes recently. Does anyone have any idea whether they help with learning to ride a 2 wheeled bicycle? In my experience, the biggest problem with learning to ride was the peddling and getting the leg strength to peddle.
Most kids learn to pedal on a tricycle...what they need to learn before riding a 2 wheeled bike is balance....at least this is what I've read tons of parents say and we will bw testing it out in a few weeks when DD gets hers.

Check out the reviews for some of them at amazon if you want some convincing...there's some videos on there too. We ended up going with the Strider Prebike.
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My 2 year old rides with training wheels, and my 4 year old rides without them.
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Re: another one...can your 4 year old ride a bike?

My DS loves bike riding. In the evening, when DH is home to tend to DD, I'll go for a 2 mile run and DS will ride his bike alongside me. He took to the bike super early; before his 3rd birthday, and never looked back. I keep meaning to take his training wheels off and work with him.
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This may sound mean, but when my dd (at age 5) did that, I told her that I wasn't pushing her bike back, and she had to do it, or leave it for someone else to find, who would like it more. It took about 3 times of her screaming that it was "too hard" for her to figure out I was serious, and about 4 more times after that to figure out it was easier to pedal.
I agree, I did this with my 5 year old this year. I told him too bad you have to pedal. I think it has become a game at this point. If he is going to get on he has to finish.
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