Don’t teach them at all….buy them a balance bike.
Seriously, if you don’t, it will take days of consistent practice (while your dying of exhaustion from running alongside) before there is a breakthrough. Depending on your child’s temperment, there will probably be a lot of tears and road rash (as well as a lot of scared panic).
Most of us are not fortunate enough to even have a safe place to do all of this practicing, which means we have to load up the kids and the bike and find a good place to practice.
So many kids are five or six years old (or older) and still haven’t been taught how to ride a bike. This is such a shame because bike riding is one of the most freeing, fun things, a child can do. It gives him a feeling of independance and confidence.
Balance bikes are definitely the solution (something they have know in Europe for a long time). And of course the best bike out there comes from Germany (where they make so many superior products).
Kinder bike makes several different models for different ages or heights of children. The one I used for my own son was the Laufrad mini, which is very low to the ground (allowing really young children) to learn. My son was only 18 months old when we got him his bike (and his legs were very short). Within a few months, he was getting the hang of it and balancing like a champ. By the time he was three and a half he was ready to transition to a pedal bike.
Kinder bike offers these advantages over other bikes:
- inflated tube tires with real rubber
- low seat (adjustable height)
- hand brake
- correct body position (not too upright)
Kinder bikes are very well made and can easily weather several children and still be passed on to a friend or family member.
Don’t wait to do this!