One of the best childhood memories for anyone has to be learning to ride a bike. That feeling when your parent finally takes their hand away and you don’t tip over sideways, you just keep going and going… WOW.

 

What a feeling when you get to implant that knowledge into your own little one. Promising them you won’t let go but knowing you have to for them to be able do it by themselves.

Dad teaching kid to ride a bike

 

We thought we would put together some top tips to help you and your little racers on their way to a stabiliser free bike ride;

 

1. Safety first – make sure your little racer has a helmet on at all times. If they are very nervous maybe add some knee and elbow pads so they are not as worried about falling off.

 

2. Lower their seat make sure their seat isn’t too high. They need to feel secure at first by putting their feet firmly on the floor as and when they need to. This will help with balance and trusting that they aren’t going to end up in a pile on the floor.

 

3. Teach them the breaks – we all know that you shouldn’t slam on the front wheel break. Start to teach then which break is which so they can stop comfortably and safely.

 

4. One pedal push don’t jump in to having them use both pedals. Try with one foot on the pedal and the other pushing them along. Do this on both sides.

 

5. Hold the child not the bike when they are ready to take both feet to the pedals support them by holding their back, arms or shoulders, not the bike.

 

6. Reassurance Don’t let go straight away. Let them know they are doing a great job and keep hold of them. When you think they are ready to go it alone, gently take your hand away and walk next to them.

 

7. If at first you don’t succeed…try, try and try again. It is rare that a child will get it first time. They may be upset that you take your hand away before they think they are ready. If they fall, make sure they get back in the saddle and keep going. They will get there in the end.

 

8. Reduce your contact – each time they get back on, reduce the time you are supporting them on their bike. They may not like you for it at first but the feeling when they finally bike on their own without you there for the first time is INCREDIBLE not only for them but for you!

 

Be sure to take a look at our huge range of bikes from 12 to 16inches all with removable stabilisers https://www.toytastic.co.uk/bikes .

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