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Teaching Your Toddler to Ride a Bike

GoPro On Board – Strider World Championship – Toddler Balance Bike Racing from Balance Bike JoJo on Vimeo.

Strider bikes aren’t anything new when it comes to teaching kids how to ride, although the hipster-styled, exorbitant price tagged European models that grace toy store floors have come into favor more recently. I don’t know how it goes for most other bicycling breeders, but my stepson wouldn’t have anything to do with a machine without training wheels, not even a tag-a-long hitched bike, but put him in front of a group of adults on rides of their own and his insatiable desire to be accepted by older cyclists had him trying to ride impressively skinny ledges in no time. One major stepping stone to getting him to that level was first taking off his pedals and letting him kick around like the video shows.

Sure, you can impress your neighbors with a kick bike model that will cost more than your entry-level comfort bike, but considering they are probably going to outgrow it by the time they get to the end of the driveway, you are probably better off going the low-budget route and just dropping the seat and taking the pedals off a bike a size or two too small. You never know, you could be jump starting their future as a trials rider…the bikes look about the same really. Trials. Trying.

About Scott Spitz

Commuting, touring, kid hauling, couriering, mechanic work, sales, advocacy, fixed, free—Scott has had his hands in it all over the years.

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  1. CKDecember 23, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I went the cheap route with a balance bike – $10 craigslist find, took off the pedals and away he went.

    My father’s day gift last year was taking the training wheels off his Trek Jet and him telling me, ‘Dad you can let go now…’

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  4. TerryDecember 23, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Took the pedals and crank off my daughter’s bike, set her loose, she learned to balance without fear (since her feet were close to the ground instead of on the pedals); put the crank and pedals back on, and she was riding like she was born to it within two weeks.

    Those kick-bike things, or whatever they call them, are outrageously priced.

    Like Scott’s article says, go the low budget route by taking the pedals off a bike. You get your kick-bike and when you put the pedals back on, you have a regular bike.

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