Yesterday we "raced the rain" all the way to the store and back home. We lost to the rain, but we made the five mile round trip! My older was on her own, no training wheels. The younger was on the half a bike attached to mine. A little more experience and we'll be ready to take on the gravel trails around here. Yippie!
Thanks for all the great responses. I had never heard of taking of the pedals to learn balancing before. Yesterday, after all my frustration, my DH practiced with the oldest. Today she was doing laps around our block without too much problems. I actually have the trail-a-bike (not the same namebrand, but same thing), and that doesn't help children balance at all. I teaches them to pedal and sit in the seat, but when the large bike turns, they just react to it, and that actually teaches them to lean a bit. I'm just glad that the hardest part is over with *crossed fingers*.
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Sounds like your LOs are a bit bigger than mine. For balance, take off the pedals and find a place with a slight incline. Let them practice just riding down and getting the balance thing down. If you want to get in some rides with them, consider a trail-a-bike
This isn't a post about adults getting back on the seat and going, I need help with my daughters learning to ride at all! I can only vaguely remember learning when I was a kid, and I took to it like a fish in water. Now my daughters are struggling, and I have no idea how to teach the concepts. My oldest can't balance, and is afraid to go faster than molasses so she keeps falling over. Then she gets more scared (because she wrecks every three inches), and is wanting to give up. With training wheels she's fine with speed, but they keep getting stuck, or she leans and it lifts up the tire so there's no way to go. She also hasn't mastered using the handle bars to steer with (once again, she leans to turn).
My younger has a different problem... lack of muscle. She's tall enough to ride a 16" bike, and that's what she has. We made sure she has a bike with tread, but sometimes she just doesn't have the leg power to get past a small incline or bits of gravel. This I know she will eventually outgrow, but it means that I have to keep bouncing between the kids.
So if anyone has ANY suggestions to get them going, I would greatly appreciate it. I've been working on them so we could all go as a family, and so my milage has been zilched for the time being. :(
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