Two things i’ve noticed seeing the bikes out and about this Easter holiday. Firstly kids on bikes too small for them. Plenty of time left in the season for parents to address that one. Secondly kids on bikes with stabilisers, typically leaning over on one of the extra wheels and trundling along happily but not getting any closer to learning how to ride without them.
At first we used stablilisers but soon realised they were holding our eldest daughter back. We switched to a balance bike and the transformation was almost immediate. We started with a cheap job with plastic tyres that slipped from underneath her when she turned on any wet surface. We got a better quality one and never regretted it. The point is to learn how to balance, with your feet flat on the ground to propel you and give you confidence as you learn. There are some great looking Frog balance bikes in the new Run & Ride shop in town to have a look at.
We were donated this bike and because the crank wasn’t great and could do with replacing we have turned it into a balance bike simply by taking the pedals off. If your son or daughter is struggling with their stabilisers you are welcome to try this bike for free. It has working brakes and tyres suitable for any surface. Take it to Beacon Park and start them on a downhill bit of grass. When they have mastered the art of balancing put them back on their pedal bike without the stabilisers and they can then learn how to pedal. Watch them go.