One of the many milestones in your child’s life is when he or she learns to ride a bike without training wheels. However, the learning process can be very frustrating for both parent and child. Using a training bike designed especially for children ages one to five will take a lot of frustration out of learning to ride a bike. Training bikes work so well because the focus is on improving your child’s balance, motor skills and coordination. And since these are the skills necessary to eventually ride a “big bike”, making the transition to a regular bike is easier for the child. |
Balance bikes are designed without pedals, chains and other clutter, including training wheels, found on conventional bikes. The simple design of these bikes makes them a stress-free option for teaching your child to ride a two-wheeled bike. Unlike tricycles and bicycles with training wheels, balance bikes encourage a child to focus on coordination and balance. Bicycles and tricycles require the child to focus on pedaling down the road, which usually means his or her head is bent down looking at his or her feet so that the bike is often weaving and turning with little balance. And since a balance bike has only two wheels, children transition onto a regular bike easier and quicker than when coming from bikes with training wheels.
Because balance bikes focus on the child’s coordination and balance, these skills are learned quickly. This encourages the child to continue progressing without frustration. As your child becomes more comfortable on the bike he or she is likely to spend more time on it, increasing not just skills but also his or her overall fitness. Keeping your child encouraged and his or her self-esteem high, as well as, making the transition to a big boy or big girl bike easier and quicker, are just some of the reasons parents should consider purchasing a training bike designed especially for young children.
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