Not sure what's best for daughter getting cycling :(

Discussion in 'Family and Recreational Cycling' started by Black Sheep, 11 Nov 2017.

  1. OP
    OP
    Black Sheep

    Black Sheep Veteran

    Location:
    Rammy
    As Black Lamb is one of the older ones in her school year we decided to take her out of nursery and put her in the school's summer club (hoping a couple of other new starters would be there and saving £20 a day)

    We quickly found that other children (none starting school with her, all older) were taking bikes and scooters with them to use during the day on the playground and she requested she take her 'balance bike'

    She's fast and happy to let it role down a hill and has adequate use of the brake. She has asked if I can put the pedals back on and I've agreed with the warning that they're not coming off again and the plan to find a bit of park with a slight slope, stick her at the top of it and get her to ''balance bike" down it with her feet on the pedals and then encourage her to pedal down it and continue doing so when at the bottom figuring that she'll learn to push off and get going once she's got the keeping going part sorted...
     
  2. OP
    OP
    Black Sheep

    Black Sheep Veteran

    Location:
    Rammy
    Pedals are on (I even test rode the bike through the house :biggrin: )

    Black Ewe noticed that the chain cover wasn't holding together and falling apart "I can fix it, I have the technology" was my reply getting the battery drill and zip ties to replace the broken clips (£16 eBay bike)

    We've found a small grass bank that varies in steepness that leads onto a football pitch in the local park so all systems go!
     
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  3. OP
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    Black Sheep

    Black Sheep Veteran

    Location:
    Rammy
    Well, we've chucked her down the banking a few times and she's done well, getting feet on the pedals and managing a few pedal revolutions but she's not keeping going on the flat, but it's a start, and I keep telling her that's what we're after, making a start and we've done that by getting one foot on, then a bit later, both feet and then starting to pedal.

    We did have a try being pushed and peddling, it did go pear shaped into a heap with me being told it was my fault making her wobble and making her foot come off...

    So we went back to the hill.
     
  4. Tommy2

    Tommy2 Über Member

    Location:
    Harrogate
    My daughter never really got on with her balance bike, much preferring the scooter with 2 wheels at the front and I avoided taking her out on her bike with stabilisers as it wasn’t helping her learn to balance and always getting stuck off the ground or tipping it over.
    But the past few weeks we’ve gone out on her bike with out stabilisers maybe only once a week and initially no pedals after watching
    View: https://youtu.be/p6SNCvIN4EI
    this video, she grasped balancing quite quickly and was gradually gliding further and further until we put the pedals back in and again she is getting better and better, I’m taking it really slowly as I don’t want to put her off and she does struggle to get going unless it’s flat or slightly downwards but the powerful first pedal stroke will come in time.
    Like has been said, they will pick it up when they are ready.

    My issue now is how to get the length of time in the saddle up without her bum hurting, I guess that will take time and saddle position tweaking.
     
  5. Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    My daughter never had a proper balance bike, just cheap bikes that I removed the cranks from. She was still hell bent on wanting stabilisers once she got given (not by us) a BSO. Every time we went to Halfords it ended up in heartbreak with me refusing to buy any bike with a Disney sticker on it. In the end I managed to get her a proper bike from Evans. The FIRST time she tried the new bike she discovered that she could ride a bike after all!

    I've just written about this here https://veloballs.com/evans-cycles-review/
     
  6. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti

    *Off topic*
    Blimey Andrew, welcome back. I only yesterday was wondering when we had last seen you. Spooky.
     
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  7. Phaeton

    Phaeton Guru

    Location:
    Oop North (ish)
    I know some don't like them, but I see no issues with stabilisers to get them used to rotating the pedals, it seems frowned upon these days
     
  8. Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    Hello there! I've been busy borking myself on skateboards but am itching to get back to some nice safe road cycling :smile:
     
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  9. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti

    Good to have you back.
     
  10. Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    Thank you :smile: . That's lovely.
     
  11. icowden

    icowden Active Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    We started with stablilisers but they didn't really seem to help. A few one hour sessions in the park on a tarmac surface with a very slight incline did the trick. Firstly going along from point a to point b with me holding the back. Then short runs of her pedalling with out me holding, Then practices "starting off" and getting to me (and me catching the bike until she learned to use the brake!).

    The handles you can get now are a fantastic idea, and make it a lot less back breaking.
     
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  12. tamiya

    tamiya Active Member

    Location:
    AU, MY, SG
    try training wheels + No Helmet... hah!
     
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