When choosing a bike for a younger child, especially one who is just starting out and still learning to ride, it’s inevitable that you will end up considering bikes with training wheels (often called stabilisers). Below we have included a few things to look at and consider, and also pose the question: Are training wheels necessary?
Riding a bike is one of the things many people associate with childhood, even if some of us still use a bicycle as an economic, healthy, eco-friendly, cheap and low maintenance means of transportation. It is during childhood that the majority of people learn to ride a bike and it is then when the feeling of freedom is at its top while running on two wheels. Some people may contradict this, of course, but these sort of collective memories are there for a reason: many of us learn how to ride a bicycle at a young age, everything being all fun and games.
Of course, a 3, 4, 5, or 6 year old will not learn to ride on the bike of one of his parents. It is safe to assume, at least. This is why, as a responsible parent, one must find the most effective and safe means of teaching the young one.
One of the most popular training approaches is by using training wheels, and it is easy to understand why. Balance is one of the most difficult aspects of riding, so giving you the chance to be attentive at the other details surely helps a lot. More than anything, training wheels are safe. Think about it: what are the odds of your toddler having an accident while riding a bike with training wheels?
So, what is there to know? Well, one thing is sure: while your child is learning to ride using training wheels, it is important that you are around. He will learn to balance more and more with each passing day, so you should see his progress and adjust them higher or lower according to his skills.
All in all, bikes with training wheels are necessary, but they are not the only solution out there – you can find other alternatives, depending on your child’s skills.
A good alternative to training wheels is the balance bike, which has one major advantage – as such a bike does not have pedals, the adjustment is done by the legs and feet of the child who rides. Also, the peddling part is not the hardest to learn, and it can be done later on. This depends on the element your child needs help with the most, as there is no recipe for everyone. Both options are fun and safe, so it also depends on which one your child finds more attractive.
Whichever you choose for your child, you must know that tricycles, training wheels and balance bikes are normal steps that are recommended for toddlers and young children alike. There is no use into waiting until your small one gets old enough to directly learn how to ride a classic bike, as this will make him lose much of the childhood’ fun.
These intermediate solutions are, as said before, fun, easy, safe and educational. In an era in which children tend to spend more and more time in front of the computer and TV screen, teaching them the value of leading an active life is mandatory. The advantages of helping your child to learn how to ride a bike from an early age are numerous, so you must make sure you choose the best path!