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My 3 year old is up on two wheels(17 posts)

My 3 year old is up on two wheelsnutmegger
Jun 22, 2001 9:48 AM
He won't be 4 until February. Maybe it's the example of his three older brothers. Maybe it's the sense of balance he's learned from constantly stealing their scooters for a spin. Whatever it is, I took him out this morning and he's riding a two wheeler (No training wheels) like he was born on it. All it took was a little push and he was gone. I've found that this milestone comes earlier for each of them. My 7 year old achieved it just before he turned 6 and my 5 year old about three weeks later just after he turned 4. When, I wonder will my 16 month old be riding? I've learned that it's helpful to teach them by going uphill on a slight grade because it forces them to pedal, no coasting. BTW, I'm entering him in the kiddie race tomorrow in the Nashua, NH Race for the Gate.
Now THAT'S Impressive!MeDotOrg
Jun 22, 2001 10:02 AM
...the kid will probably ride his first criterium before he can spell it!

...come to think of it, that's not much different than a lot of people in this forum ;-)

I didn't learn to ski until I was in my thirties. It was always humiliating being passed by some 5 year old with no poles...
re: My 3 year old is up on two wheels4bykn
Jun 22, 2001 10:05 AM
Oh, man...I'm jealous. My younger daughter didn't learn to ride 'til she was 7 1/2! She was the last in the neighborhood to learn. Very frustrating for me.
More evidence that training wheels should be banned!Humma Hah
Jun 22, 2001 10:16 AM
Kid's don't need 'em! Although, I must say, to ride without them under age 4 is pretty remarkable.

I salute you -- training wheels teach kids to ride exactly wrong. They make kids fear leaning, and make them forget to put a foot down when they stop.

I remember taking the training wheels off a neighbor kid's bike, when she was about eight. Her father had no idea how to teach her to ride, didn't own a wrench, and never got around to taking the bike to a LBS to remove them. Poor kid was the oldest in the neighborhood to still be on training wheels, and was humiliated.

I first gave her a demonstration of the gyroscope effect, by removing her front wheel and spinning it while she held it. This gave her confidence that Physics really would make balancing easy, if she didn't panic and try to steer like a tricycle. I yanked the training wheels off, grabbed the seatpost, ran her up and down the parking lot a few times, and she was riding. Within 15 minutes, she'd mastered it.
Jun 22, 2001 10:31 AM
my son probably would have been riding at 3 if it wasn't for those training wheels!
More evidence that training wheels should be banned!nutmegger
Jun 22, 2001 10:46 AM
Ahhh, you've done a good deed Hummah Hah!! What's that saying about standing your tallest when you stoop to help a child?
4 kids???Bosephus
Jun 22, 2001 10:25 AM
How in the world do you find time to even think about riding with four kids?

I must admit I'm impressed. By you and your child.
4 kids???nutmegger
Jun 22, 2001 10:43 AM
It's 5 boys and you're right about finding time to ride. Mostly I'm restricted to my 32 mile commute (round-trip) and if I've been really good, I'll hear my wife say some weekend mornings,"Why don't you go for a bike ride?"
Mine at 4ColnagoFE
Jun 22, 2001 10:28 AM
I took off the pedals and he just practioced coasting down a small hill while still being able to dab a foot if needed. Next day I put the pedals on and he took off. He's 5 now and he saw me riding "no handed" once coming back from a ride and now he is trying to do that as well with his bike.
Mine at 4nutmegger
Jun 22, 2001 10:54 AM
Great idea. Think I'll try that one in a couple years with my youngest. I guess I better watch if small eyes are on me if I go no-handed. With 5 boys, one more trip to the emergency room and our next visit is free.
Possitive Resistance...Canidraftyou
Jun 22, 2001 11:33 AM
My first child learned at age 6 with training wheels, after months of getting him over the fear. My 4 year old, after two evening in the front yard on grass, he learned how to ride with out training wheels on his own, me just watching from the swing. "Try grass, not great for spinning...LOL" I guess its alot like you and I learning the Track Stance, I was able to learn alot faster once I started the Stance on a slight grade 2%, A possitive resistance, if such a thing.

Peace out
Handlebar injuries and kids?Marlon
Jun 22, 2001 12:03 PM
Hey, just curious...

I'm working in injury research, and a fellow co-worker is investigating injuries associated with handlebars in children. In this particular case, it's kids who accidentally "impale" themselves (for lack of a better word) on their bars when they turn them sideways after hitting obstructions or surface irregularities. Has anyone had any experience with this?
Handlebar injuries and kids?Len J
Jun 22, 2001 12:33 PM
Yes. 4 years old tripped over the rear deck of a tricycle, uncovered handelbar went in mouth & cut my throat from inside. Mucho painful, (&ruined my singing voice forever). BTW happened in 1959
Just the reverseHoward
Jun 22, 2001 12:33 PM
I had just the 'reverse' results with my sons. My oldest son learned how to ride at 4 1/2, my middle son learned at 4 3/4, while my youngest son learned at age 6. By the way, only my youngest son - now age 18 - still rides. The other two gave up the sport some time ago.
Try this technique...biknben
Jun 22, 2001 4:54 PM
I was told a story about an avid cyclist who taught his son to ride. When the boy was 2 years old dad got the smallest bike he could find. He removed the drivetrain from the bike. No cranks, chain, pedals, etc. The boy rode around on it pushing with his feet. At age three, dad put the drivetrain back on and the boy was riding in no time. I hear he rides around the parking lot at the races. Got to be a great site.

My daughter will be two in a fiew months. I'm looking forward to trying this method. She is already spinning the pedals on my bike and trying to put her feet on them. It's hillarious.
I was the oldest kid on the block...biknben
Jun 22, 2001 5:07 PM
I helped a few neighbors learn to ride.

I'm sure everyone has methods but I found that supporting the bike from the rear is most effective (under the seat or the seat post). I would walk behind the bike and then at some point just let go. The rider has no idea and therefore doesn't get scared. They think you're there the whole time. Eventually, they fall or stop and look back at you. When they realize that they had been riding without any help their expression is priceless. It gives them a huge boost in confidence. Do that a couple times and they're gone.
re: My 3 year old is up on two wheelsmattK
Jun 22, 2001 5:10 PM
Our youngest demanded that I remove the training wheels the week after his 3rd bday. I thought it was a bit absurd, but I did because he is very strong-willed. I got him on the bike and I could tell he had balance so I let go and off he went on his own. It took him a day or so to realy get the hang of turning and starting but after that he had amazingly good control. Both his older siblings were biking before age 4, but he was definitely early because he was trying to keep up. Probably the largest factor in learning to ride so early was that he and his siblings play on their bikes every day. If you don't practice, you can't learn.

Re training wheels: He had been riding a 12-inch Schwinn Tiger with training wheels since just over two yrs. We just raised the training wheels up a bit so that he could balance and steer without as much interference from the training wheels. I'd rather have a kid start out on one of those bikes with training wheels than riding a trike or big-wheel.