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June 25, 2005

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Tonya

My daughter-in-law just told me that the way she was taught was that instead of having the training wheels totally removed, they were raised a bit, then a bit more. That way she had to take more and more control over balancing, but she had some measure of support as well.

Tonya

My daughter-in-law just told me that the way she was taught was that instead of having the training wheels totally removed, they were raised a bit, then a bit more. That way she had to take more and more control over balancing, but she had some measure of support as well.

Gina

I read a great tip in a magazine about how to teach kids to ride a bike and it worked like a charm for me -- I took my daughter to a park, found a low grassy hill, and let her coast down. No risk of serious injuries (no trees, obstacles, and of course she had her helmet on). After a while I encouraged her to start using the petals when she got to the bottom of the hill. It was the easiest thing you can imagine. She learned to ride in about 20 minutes or less and spent the next hour going in circles around any empty dirt baseball diamond. (Advantages my daughter had -- she was already 6 years old and was quite used to riding her bike with training wheels, so of course she knew how to steer.)

So if any of you still have kids to teach, I certainly recommend using a park with a low grassy hill! The best part is that you don't have to run alongside. Just stand at the top of the hill and praise every single effort.

Amy

Congrats! My nearly 7 year old recently learned and my 4 year old tried, but is not quite ready yet.

Ron Southern

Great story! I keep wondering what my sister's 8 year old granddaughter is waiting for, but her one year old brother may embarrass her into it one of these days. Seems like I remember being even older when I learned, so your kids are doing great.

Jeremiah Lee

I laughed a bit when I read this typo "For them, it meant they had to master balance, steering, breaking, and stay focused all at the same time." Although, I suppose it is important to master breaking, the fine art of falling and getting hurt, while hopefully not actually breaking anything.

I look forward to doing this with my own daughter (and new son!)

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