Teaching Kids How to Ride a Bike 101 (Part 1)
February 28, 2022
The winter blues begin to fade as the spring blooms enter the year. The temperature is at more tolerable levels, if not comfortably cool. And the trees and flowers adorn the surroundings. Spring is the best season to start getting active outdoors. And if you have a kid, this could be the best time to give him his two-wheel independence.
At what age should a kid start pedalingGenerally, kids start learning how to ride the bike from age 5 and up. But logically, age does not matter, they can start much later if the situation calls for it. As a rule of thumb, it is best to start teaching the kid to pedal when the child’s mental and physical development, coordination, and comfort level are already deemed fit for the activity. Pedaling requires strength and balance, so physical fitness is a great factor. Plus, the mental capacity to overcome this hurdle of learning a new skill will be tested. Aside from that, if the kid does not express wanting to learn it even at the slightest hint, it is better not to push the kid into dealing with this now.
General rules to remember when teaching your kidsPart of the journey to learning the skill of riding a bike is the method that they were taught on. It should be, first and foremost, safe and enjoyable. Kids learn best when everything is fun. What you will teach will be absorbed better and faster when play is added. Build your child’s confidence by cheering him on and acknowledging the effort he is exerting. Always pay attention to even the smallest detail like an unlocked helmet, small rock on the pavement, among others. Be patient. Nobody can learn a new skill all at once. Do not try to force and squeeze all the information into one session. Learning takes time and a great deal of patience. He didn’t get to pedal right away? It’s perfectly fine. With continued practice, he will eventually get it. It might also be a good idea to take a break in between. Have a snack or drink, or just talk freely with your kid. Then if you see that he is starting to regain his confidence and will to hop on the bike again, then come back to it. Each kid has his own pace. Remember that when it was your turn to learn to ride a bike before, it took time. Each kid has a different learning curve and may respond to a different method. It would be best to explore that so you can come up with a better and faster way to teach your kid.
Skip the training wheelsRiding with training wheels may have been the method that you were taught decades ago, while it can still work, it would be better to skip that part. Here is a better one: gliding. The glide method does not need a special bike. Simply lower the seat so the kids can sit on the saddle with both feet reaching the ground. Teach them first to move distances with the support of their feet, as if walking normally. Then, instruct them to push off with their feet and glide on the bike. Repeat until they can safely balance for a few seconds. If you see that they can already move further distances while balancing, it is now time to add the pedals back and move the seat up. Then, teach them how to pedal correctly.
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- Make a horizontal line and mark the mounting holes. Then drill holes and install the wall plates with tapping screws.
- Pass the bike rod through the left wall plate.
- Insert hooks from the right end of the bike rod in order.
- Fix the left end of the rod with two screws. Then plug in the right end of the rod.