Read why Balance Bikes for children Are So Popular

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Aug 16, 2016 · 2 min read

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Balance bikes for youngsters are a good way to teach your kid to ride a bicycle. Anyone who has experienced teaching their youngster to ride a bicycle the traditional way knows how stressful and emotional that may be. But balance bikes for the kids are changing everything that, and earn teaching children to ride a bicycle much easier.

I taught my first child to ride a motorcycle while using the standard, surefire way of using stabilizers or training wheels. We bought her a beautiful little bike with all the standard training tires. Then when we thought she was of sufficient age we started to remove them. This caused plenty of anxiety and stress, and tears. Why? My daughter had become influenced by working out wheels. It is this dependency which then has to be “untaught”. It’s just like having to go through “cold turkey” to wean them over reliance on working out wheels. Training wheels are counter-intuitive and counter-productive because of this reliance. She was worried when just one single training wheel came off, and also, since she became scared, her confidence evaporated, which makes it tougher to show her. We got there eventually, however it was a psychological journey. This is why, after that experience, I made a decision to teach my next child to ride a bicycle using a balance bike.

So what exactly is a Balance Bike?

Balance bikes can also be known as Gliders, or Running Bikes, are basically a bike without pedals. The child sits about the bike and propels themselves with their feet. The basically stride around, when they stop they only take their feet recorded on the floor instinctively.

What you effectively do is always to breakdown the important thing stages of bike riding. Initially you build their confidence of pushing along on two wheels. Since the child grows in confidence you will find their feet leave the soil for additional and much more. Finally they may be coasting along, for longer and for a longer period. They are balancing around the bike. Hence the natural second step is definitely adding pedals. You’ve got none of the problems of trying to unlearn elements.

Most child development experts agree that this power to ride a bike is a developmental milestone given it demonstrates that a young child has mastered certain skills including:

Body control

Balance

Following directions

Repetition to move

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The League of American Bicyclists, a Washington non-profit that promotes cycling, recommended this method to train people not used to cycling.

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