Discussion in 'Family and Recreational Cycling' started by Puddles, 23 Feb 2015.
He could fit in my trike boot!
I can highly recommend balance bikes, our first did the whole stabiliser off routine, took her ages to get her confidence, but she got there in the end, killed our backs, months of holding onto her.
Our second, a boy (whether this has anything to do with it, I'm not sure) had a balance bike at 3. The first day he got his big bike, aged five, he got on and rode, none of this hanging onto the back of him. So impressed, want to do it for our youngest, age 3. Only problem is he is so tall, the balance bike is too small for him. I remember my Uncle taking the pedals off my cousins bike and doing the very same.
Each to their own, who am I to criticise how people do things. There are many different ways to do things, everyone has their own opinion, I certainly wouldn't tell anyone they are doing it wrong. Some people just like to moan I guess.
Personally, I would rather spend the money on a bike that gets kids out and about in the fresh air than a tablet
I've seen people complain that balance bikes are dangerous and that there is no way children younger than 3 can control them properly. What nonsense!
Or even 2 year olds..
We didn't have balance bikes when I was young. My first bike was a small fixie. I've gone full circle!
Didn't do this lad any harm at all...
Did you see him at 8?...
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And you've even taught her to take the lane!
My daughter has a balance bike at the age of 3 and it's done her a world of wonders! I'm pro balance bikes!
Not to mention the attention she gets down the pub on it.
You did, but probably never knew about it. Take chainset and chain off, lower seat - instant(ish) balance bike. It's what I learnt on almost 50 years ago. My old man told me that I was balancing on it in a couple of days so he put the chainset and chain back on and I've never stopped since.
If that is wrote by a friend.....delete them
We just had little bikes, we learned to pedal and steer concurrently, I don't know why there would be a need to learn any other way... some kids learn balance etc and/or are inherently more athletic than others, and some (dare I confine it to?) dad's are more pushy about their children's talent/reputation than others, so there is no controlled way of proving that balance bikes make for a quicker or earlier learning experience.
Emperor's New Clothes, in my humble opinion.
Having tried both methods with more than one child I would definitely favour the balance bike. Admittedly I've never tried a balance bike then stabilisers because they've learnt using the balance bike so didn't need the stabilisers.
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