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Newbie - my 4-yr old!(8 posts)

Newbie - my 4-yr old!gmc
Jan 15, 2004 8:42 AM
I bought her her first bike this past weekend, a nifty little Wal Mart special. Somehow, I just didn't think a 4 year old needed the $140 Trek.

Advice on how to teach her to ride? I've heard shallow, grassy hills at first.

Already have a helmet for her, of course.

We'll work on her endurance later ;)
re: Newbie - my 4-yr old!PaulNYC
Jan 15, 2004 8:44 AM
check out:
Ach, should have thought of Sheldongmc
Jan 15, 2004 9:07 AM
I look there for everything else. Thanks.
From Bicycling magazineinnergel
Jan 15, 2004 9:02 AM,5073,5941,00.html?category_id=364

The grassy hills are a good idea. This helped a lot w/ my daughter.
take off pedals and training wheels--lower the seatColnagoFE
Jan 15, 2004 9:06 AM
Let her scoot around for a while and get the idea of balance. Then hard packed grass works well for falling once you put the pedals back on. They learn pretty quick this way.
By the wayColnagoFE
Jan 15, 2004 9:09 AM
My (now 8) year old learned using this method when he was 3. No training wheels since and now he's riding a 20" MTB with full gearing and hand brakes. Went through 4 bikes to get there, but it was worth it. My 2 year old is now riding with training wheels all over the place. I'm taking the training wheels off this spring and I'm guessing he'll be riding without them soon.
Heaven forbid - her friends may start calling her Fredricka ;-)bimini
Jan 15, 2004 9:06 AM
Scooter helped my sonDorf411
Jan 15, 2004 12:36 PM
My son was 5 when he finally managed to do without training wheels. I had tried multiple times to teach him by running along side helping with balance and such to no avail. For some reason I pulled out the razor scooter that was stuffed in the corner and he rode that quite a bit and it really helped him develop balance. Then one day he said he wanted to try his bike again w/o training wheels and to my surprise when I let go he was off and in full control.