Teaching Your Child How To Ride A Bike

boy riding a bike

You may have seen in our earlier post that Little J has learnt to ride his bike during lockdown. During the time teaching him I have noted down the most useful things  I learnt while teaching him. Here are my nine tips to help teach your child
how to ride a bike.

Start As Early As You Can
The younger you start teaching, the better.  We started quite late with little J and he was scared of falling off.  If we had have started earlier then the fear of injury isn't there as much and can help progress quicker.

Be Prepared To Be Patient
You need to set time aside every day to practice, practice and practice some more.  Praise after every try, even if no progress was made that day as this will make the next days practice easier.

Set Small Goals
Make use of safe spaces to start with. We started in the garden, on artificial grass. Although its harder to pedal on than road, Little J felt safer knowing he would land on the soft floor if he fell.

Start With Balance and Basic Control
We started with stabilisers on to get used to getting on and off the bike,  and general control, steering and pedal movement.  Even stabilisers can be hard to balance so make sure you explain this and don't expect too much on the first go!

Continue With Balance
Take the stabilisers off as soon as they have mastered the basics.  Then focus on helping them get the balance of the bike.  No need to use pedals (and maybe take them off - we did this to help Little J) Make sure they can push themselves off and then glide along with feet off the floor as much as possible.

Re - Attach The Pedals
Begin by holding your child, not the handlebars, or the bike. Hold onto then from the side and help them start off. Keep hold of them while they get used to the pedals and combining with balance.  This is the part that took the longest for us, maybe as the space we used wasn't big.  Keep going forward and back, and start to let go of them for seconds at a time so they start to get used to riding alone.

Move outside
We moved to the road outside next.  Here there is much more space, the road is easier to ride on than the grass, and here is where you will make the most progress. Continue to hold on to your child to get them started and then follow the same pattern as before. Stay alongside them, not in front or behind and when you hold on, hold on to the child only.

Let Go
As you repeat this, let go for longer periods of time, encourage turning, be prepared to start running alongside if your child is still scared of falling.

On Their Own
As confidence grows you will be able to stop running alongside and let them go. Well done - they have now learned a skill they will never forget.

I hope this short guide will help you with the challenge fo helping your child learn to ride their bike. Remember to be patient, as not all children will learn at the same pace, and it times you will think they will never get it, but they will and they will be over the moon when they do.

John

9 comments

  1. This is such a helpful guide. Will be utilising this in the upcoming months when we try it with Olivia.

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  2. This is going to sound pretty shameful, but I never learnt to ride a bike when I was younger so still can't ride one. And I don't think I ever will as kids are more fearless to these things than I would be x

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  3. It’s been such a long time i can’t remember how we started cycling. I do know when my nephew started they recommended balance bike and I thought it was weird to have a bike without pedals

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  4. Kristine Nicole Alessandra9 July 2020 at 10:22

    My 4 year old grandson loves riding his bike, but we still have the stabilizers on because he still cannot balance yet. I will have to remember your tips and maybe before his birthday, he has mastered the skill. Thanks for sharing these tips!

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  5. Love your step by step guide, I also learnt later than most kids I just remember having stabilisers for a long period of time until I got use to balancing on my own.

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  6. These are great tips! We are going to teach Alessia in the summer holidays and I’m dreading it a little bit . Will definitely try these ideas

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  7. I love spending my time with children teaching them how to learn new things! I think it is very important for children to be supported trying to do something new.

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  8. I never learnt to ride a bike, but I’d like to now. These are great tips.

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  9. Riding a bike is so much fun! I remember when I was a child, how I've learned to ride my little pink bike.. I started with stabilizers and slowly, slowly, my grandparents unscrewed them without me knowing. One day I was just riding the bike, without realising that I "lost" the stabilizers on the way. :)

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