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- How to Teach Your Child To Ride A Bike: Step-by-Step Guide - November 8, 2018
Learning how to ride a bicycle is one of the biggest physical milestones in every child’s life. So, as parents, you should be well informed about how to teach your child to ride a bike.
Teaching your children how to ride a bicycle is one of the most unforgettable parts of your parenthood. However, if you don’t have any idea how do you get your child ready for take-off no worries, we’re here to help you.
In this content, we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to teach your child ride a bike.
How to Teach Your Child To Ride A Bike
Step 1. Start with a balance bicycle
Balancing is the very first skill that your child needs to be acquainted with when it comes to learning how to ride a bike. Thus, you need to practice it for about two weeks, and this is where balance bikes come into play.
These bicycles are near to the ground, and they have no pedals. Usually, balance bikes don’t have brakes and specifically created for small children.
However, if you can’t afford to buy a balance bike, you can use a regular kid’s bike that has freewheels.
Step 2. Look For A Very Low Grassed Incline Area
Motivate your child to get on the bicycle and roll slowly down the slope or incline while pushing their one foot and the other. If their bike gain speed, doing this is a lot easier.
However, if the bicycle rolls without your child’s help, he/she can try to lift his/her feet away from the ground.
Repeat this for 20 times ‘til your child can cruise without putting his/her feet on the ground the entire way.
It’s easier for a child to perform this especially if you’re not holding them, better yet hold their shoulders. Also, do not hold the handlebars since you’ll make them shake.
Step 3. Balance While Steering On Flat Surfaces
Once your child knows how to balance on the slope, take him/her on longer bikes particularly on areas with a flat surface. So that, your child could practice cruising and pedaling using his/her feet.
Step 4. Turning On A Balance Bicycle
When your child already mastered balancing, make sure to get him/her to balance as well as turn, left and right. For every turn, repeat this twenty-times.
After which, get your child to navigate in large counter-clockwise and clockwise directions.
Nevertheless, the steps mentioned above (step 1 to step 4) should not be rushed. If your child can’t master it after a couple of weeks of training, it is fine. Don’t pressure your child.
Step 5. Instruct your child to place his/her feet on the pedals
In this step, you need to go back in the grassy slope since pedaling is easier if the gravity hurries up the bicycle.
Instruct your child to get the pedal of his/her non-resting foot prepared at the topmost of its revolution. So that when they lift their foot the pedal will be in the right position.
Make sure to do this with the objective of getting their other foot on the pedal and touring down without pedaling. Repeat this for twenty times or ‘til your child can cruise using his/her both feet but not pedaling.
For your kid’s safety make sure that there’s a large space at the bottom of the slope so that your child can slow down and stop.
Step 6. Teach your child how to pedal
When your child can rest his/her feet on the pedals as well as gently pedal the bicycle down the hill, he/she need to master to pedal on a flat surface.
However, when your child’s bicycle is on the flat surface, get the pedals ready in a pushing foot position. After which practice pushing hard on the pedals and balancing.
When your child is capable of balancing, get him/her to take the other foot on its pedal for a couple of seconds.
Moreover, when your child has learned the balancing you have to encourage him/her to extend the number of pedals he/she can do.
Once your child is comfortable pedaling in a straight line, it is time to do corners. An empty and large car park or tennis court could be the perfect place to practice pedaling counterclockwise and clockwise.
There you have it the six steps that you may want to consider if you want to teach your child how to ride a bike.
When your child can control the bicycle alone, you are certain that he/she will be able to ride his/her bike without your guidance. But, as a parent ensuring their safety is paramount.
Even though your child knows how to ride a bike, it is best that you stay on their side until you think they are responsible enough and mastered biking well.
Also, before starting the training make sure to equip your child with safety gears to protect them from serious accidents.
What is the Best Age to Teach a Child to Ride a Bike?
Perhaps you are wondering what the best age to teach your child to ride a bike is. Actually, most children will learn to ride when they’re ready.
However, according to a review of some studies, the possibilities of injuries and accidents are higher in children who started biking at the age of three to five.
Thus, the best age to teach your child is when they reach six or seven years old.
How Long Does It Take to Learn Cycling?
It depends on how much time as well as hard work you and your child can do for it. Some children mastered cycling after a couple of days, while others take some time.
Aforementioned, if your child can’t master biking as fast as the other kids, don’t pressure him/her. Or, don’t make your child feel bad if they do not get it rapidly. Instead, motivate your child to do better.
It’s a beautiful experience when you and your child go on a ride together. Either way, by considering the step-by-step guide on how to teach your child to ride a bike above, you will be able to help your child master biking in no time.
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