Balance bike method: learning to ride a bike at all ages

Balance bike method: learning to ride a bike at all ages

No more running next to your child to teach him to ride a bike! The balance bike method, which consists of learning to ride without pedals, not only allows you to develop your motor skills, but also your autonomy. It relies on mastering balance in motion, an essential skill for learning to ride a bike.

Step 1: Transform the bike into a balance bike
You must first get a balance bike or remove the pedals on the bike with a pedal wrench. You should also lower the saddle to allow your child to put both feet flat on the ground. Be careful, the left pedal unscrews clockwise and the right one counterclockwise!

Step 2: Taming the bike
Several exercises can be performed even before your child gets on the bike to tame this new object. You can alternate between moving activities around the bike (walking beside the bike holding it only by the handlebars and then the saddle) and stationary exercises (walking around the bike holding it in place).

Step 3: Master balance in motion
Encourage your child to play various games with his feet, such as propelling the bike by taking small steps or lifting both feet simultaneously from the ground and trying to stay in this position for as long as possible.

Step 4: Learn to pedal
When your child feels comfortable, manages to keep his balance and controls the bike as well as its trajectory, you can reinstall a pedal, if desired.

Now is the time to practice starting and stopping. After putting your foot on the pedal to propel yourself, you have to keep your balance as long as possible, then gradually brake with both hands. It is possible to do this exercise with the pedal at its lowest or with the pedal placed at eleven o’clock like a classic start.

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After a few tries, you can reinstall the second pedal. An intermediate step is added between starting and braking, you must now try to place your foot on the second pedal.

Once the pedaling has been mastered, all that remains is to raise the seat so that only the tips of the feet touch the ground.

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