Nan: No Training Wheels.

In Parenting, Sports on 03/11/2010 at 2:19 pm

I remember getting a Christmas card from Nan, a college friend from years and years ago. (She and her husband were the ones who said, “Hey, Mari. You should start a cupcake business.”) And in it, she told me about her kids and how her at-the-time four-year-old learned how to ride a two-wheeler. Without training wheels.

1 – Assemble the bike without training wheels and without pedals.
2 – Put the seat low enough so the kid can scoot himself around using his feet.
3 – He’ll get used to balancing on two wheels, and he’ll get so bored that he’ll beg you to put the pedals on so he can just go.
4 – You attach the pedals, and your preschooler is riding a two-wheel bike.

Has anyone else ever tried this?

  1. i’m not sure why that idea isn’t THE way to teach kids how to ride bikes. awesome.

  2. […] off, I’m wondering if this method may work for my balance-challenged child. Poor kid doesn’t know how to ride a bike yet and I […]

  3. Hey Mari! I am Dawn Batchelor’s sister-in-law and I found your blog through Rebecca’s. Fun stuff!

  4. Sara just taught herself how to ride a bike this way this past week. She also taught the neighbor girl and 3 other kids on the block. It was a bike riding rodeo. Truly! Everyone learned on a little Dora bike without pedals. Each kid needed about 2hours only and they were riding their own bikes with pedals by the end of the 2 hours. The neighborhood calls it the ‘magic bike’.

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